Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Description


The City of Littleton is a vibrant community south of Denver and is consistently voted as one of America's best small cities. Home to a charming and historic downtown, a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. The City of Littleton offers outstanding benefits and perks including a comprehensive benefit package with $0 deductible medical, a dedicated employee clinic, excellent retirement matches, generous paid time off, flexible schedule options, and wellness programs, just to name a few. To learn more, visit:  City of Littleton Careers.  
 
The Littleton Police Department consists of two divisions; Patrol and Investigations / Support Services,and is responsible for public safety in the community as well as the safe flow of traffic in and through the community. The department accomplishes this by focusing on the core functions of Patrol and Investigations/Support Services.
 
The Investigations Division investigates all felony crimes committed in the City of Littleton. The Division is staffed with detectives, a sergeant and a commander. The Division is further supplemented by lab technicians who process all major crime scenes and are responsible for all items of evidence and property until the courts determine a resolution.
 
The ideal Laboratory Technician candidate is driven by providing excellent customer service and will have forensic or crime lab experience as well as knowledge and experience with crime scenes including photography, sketches and collection of evidence.
 
The City of Littleton believes in attracting and retaining the best talent and our strategies include hiring in at or above market pay and career development opportunities.  In addition to your application, please submit a cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for this position and the City of Littleton.
 
This is a new position approved by council for the 2020 fiscal year.
The anticipated start date will be on or after January 1, 2020.
 
Starting pay at or near $32.66 per hour.

SUMMARY

 
This position is responsible for the security and maintenance of police property and evidence, crime scene investigations, and evidence collection.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

 

  • Manages police department inventory of property and evidence.
  • Processes data and paperwork maintains accurate records, properly packages, stores and disposes of items per department guidelines.
  • Performs technical lab work including latent prints, drug testing, evidence photography, and audio and video processing.
  • Prepares written reports describing the actions taken on casework.
  • Takes and processes photographs, makes sketches and collects evidence from vehicles, at crime scenes, search warrants, and autopsies.
  • Maintains a safe and secure environment to ensure property and evidence is not lost, contaminated, stolen or damaged.
  • Takes inventory and maintains stock of equipment and supplies.
  • Works with other labs for technical support.
  • Conducts training for others in areas of expertise.
  • Provides credible testimony and maintains credibility in order to testify, prepare and introduce evidence in court in support of summons issued.
  • Provide credible testimony, prepare and introduce evidence in court in support of summons issued.
  • Answers inquiries in-person and by telephone, and prepares all written correspondence related to evidence and property.
  • Collects fingerprints and other biological evidence from suspects, victims and persons of interest.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.
  • Performs other similar assignments and projects as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

  • High school diploma, or GED, and
  • An Associate's Degree with emphasis in Law Enforcement, Physical Science, or Forensic Science; or three (3) years of full-time work experience in forensic evidence or related field may be substituted for one year of education (30 credit hours).  A total of 60 credit hours or years of service equivalent, or a combination thereof, are required.
  • One (1) year of prior work experience in forensic evidence or related field; or
  • An equivalent combination of technical education, training, or work experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position; and
  • Requires possession of a valid driver's license and a qualifying driving record; and
  • Requires successful completion of a polygraph examination, a drug/alcohol screening, medical examination, and a police background check.
     
Necessary Special Requirements:
This position requires participation in an on-call rotation. On call status includes weekends and holidays.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Crime lab experience.
  • Experience with crime scenes including photography, sketches and collection of evidence.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

 

  • Knowledge of computer operation and general law enforcement principles
  • Knowledge of photography; evaluation, recovery, analysis of forensic evidence.
  • Skill and abilities that involve entering data into various software formats such as spreadsheets, databases, and text.
  • Skill in operating software, hardware, and internet capabilities.
  • Requires ability in written and verbal communication techniques for report writing; correspondence; providing customer service; testifying in court; and giving presentations, directions, and feedback.
  • Skills and abilities that include analyzing data, breaking down problems, identifying relationships between issues, and making complex plans.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
 
  • This work is performed outdoors that includes driving to and from off-site evidence storage areas. Outdoor work and travel include exposure to prevailing and inclement weather conditions.
  • Essential duties include frequent handling of large, heavy, bulky, and awkward objects weighing up to 100 pounds with or without assistance; lifting and carrying objects and boxes weighing up to 100 pounds with or without assistance.
  • The indoor work environment includes exposure to odors from evidence objects; frequent exposure to and handling of potentially-hazardous items including firearms, fireworks, ammunition, edged weapons, bloody and body fluid-contaminated objects, contraband drugs, and other substances.
  • Work includes the collection of evidence from dead persons at death scenes and autopsies, persons in custody at detention facilities and from injured or ill persons at medical facilities.
 
 

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