Pasco Sheriff's Office, Florida

Forensic Investigator (Civilian)


$16.85 - $26.96

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Forensic Science Shift Supervisor or designee, performs technical work of average to advanced difficulty in criminal identification matters; photography, processing for latent fingerprints, collection and preservation of evidence.

Working Conditions

A member in this job classification spends at least 65 percent of their time performing duties that involve the collection, examination, preservation, documentation, preparation or analysis of human tissues or fluids or physical evidence having potential biological, chemical or radiological hazard or contamination, or uses chemicals, processes, or materials that may have carcinogenic or health-damaging properties in the analysis of such evidence.

Education and Experience

High School Diploma or GED, plus an AA or AS degree or higher in crime scene technology, forensic science, or other physical or natural science, or equivalent number of credit hours from an accredited post secondary institution. Experience may substitute for education at the rate of two years experience per year of education. knowledge of photography, fingerprint development, evidence handling and report writing is preferred. Computer skills preferred. Position must possess a valid State of Florida driver's license. Computer skills and knowledge of laws pertaining to child pornography for this position.

Illustrative Duties and Responsibilities


Illustrative Tasks:

  • Takes photographs of crime scenes and suspects; photographs scenes of accidents, takes casts of footprint, tire marks, and other impressions as directed.
  • Photographs, handles and fingerprints deceased bodies at crime scenes and autopsies.
  • Collects, identifies and preserves all matters of evidence as directed or released to his/her custody. Prepares evidence for submission to laboratories.
  • Processes crime scenes and related evidence for latent fingerprints for use in criminal proceedings. Assists in fingerprinting and photographing prisoners and others as directed.
  • Prepares crime scene reports and sketches; maintains photographic index files.


Illustrative Tasks:

  • Maintains records with computer entries and written reports.
  • Operates a crime scene vehicle to respond to service locations.
  • Assists in the training of personnel.
  • Participates in Sheriff's Office recruitment and community relation activities as directed.
  • Performs related work as required or directed.

Associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Methods used in preserving and collecting physical evidence and the use of such evidence in establishing guilt or innocence.
  • Competency in fingerprinting and modern latent print processing techniques and procedures.
  • Competency in police digital photography and the processing thereof.
  • Modern criminal investigation methods and criminal identification techniques.
  • Radio procedures
  • Geographic locations
  • Office policy and procedures
  • Florida Statutes/County Codes
  • Human Diversity awareness
  • Officer safety skills
  • Weapons and gun safety

Skilled in:

  • Possess short/long term memory
  • Ability to relate well to the public
  • Ability to listen and comprehend radio traffic knowledge of geographic locations
  • Ability to successfully complete the Crime Scene Field Training and Evaluation program.
  • Ability to maintain a professional bearing and attitude at all times while on duty with supervisors, subordinates, peers and public.
  • Ability to give qualifying testimony in the field of fingerprinting, photography, latent fingerprint development and collection and preservation of evidence.

Ability to:

  • Ability to clearly speak, understands, read, and legibly write English
  • Communicate effectively with staff members and general public
  • Ability to listen and comprehend radio traffic
  • Ability to posses short/long term memory.
  • Operate a personal computer, peripheral equipment and assigned software.
  • Prepare documents, forms, reports and statistical data.
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles in a safe and efficient manner, day or night, in compliance with all state laws and regulations regarding operation and licensure.
  • Perform routine mathematical computations.
  • Use independent judgment and make technical and professional decisions on a daily basis.
  • Plan, organize and bring assignments to completion.

Minimum Physical and Other Requirements

Ability to hear conversation at a normal level (assisted/unassisted), must be capable of the following abilities: climbing, balancing, stooping, twisting, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking.

Equipment or machines routinely used in this position: Agency vehicle, cell phone, telephone, agency computer, agency software programs; calculator; photocopier; facsimile machine.

Amount and type of supervision position receive: Member will work under moderate guidance and supervision of the Forensic Investigator Shift Supervisor or designee.

Review procedures: Work is reviewed upon completion and/or periodically by the Forensic Investigator Shift Supervisor or designee. This position will receive a formal written performance appraisal once annually unless a new hire or transfer from another division then.

To Apply

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The Pasco Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pasco Sheriff's Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office is a drug-free workplace.