Crime Scene Supervisor at City and County of Denver in Denver, CO

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The City and County of Denver is currently seeking a Crime Scene Supervisor to work within the Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory.

This is the third level in the Crime Scene Investigations classification series. This class performs professional and supervisory work over forensic crime scene investigation staff members, provides leadership and direction, devises and evaluates performance standards for the assigned area, and develops long range and short term goals and objectives for the assigned area in conjunction with departmental plans and goals.

The Denver Police Crime Laboratory Crime Scene Unit investigates criminal cases from property crimes to sexual assault, homicide and other major crimes within the City and County of Denver. Each year the unit responds to over five thousand crime scenes.

About Our Job

Directs and reviews the casework of crime scene investigators who identify, collect, preserve, package, document and present biological evidence, latent fingerprints, tire impressions, shoe impressions, tool marks, and other physical evidence;

Oversees processing of evidence in the laboratory to develop and preserve evidence;

Writes and reviews departmental reports and supplements;

Maintains proper chain of custody on evidence and proper packaging to preserve and prevent contamination;

Testifies in court as a witness and provides guidance to staff in connection to the scenes processed and evidence recovered and preserved;

Reviews, develops or modifies work plans, methods and procedures, determines work priorities and develops work schedules to provide adequate staff coverage. Provides work instruction and assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments; encourages innovation. Assigns and distributes work, reviews work for accuracy and completeness and returns assignments with recommendations for proper completion.

Conducts hiring interviews and selects candidate(s) for job opening(s).

Resolves problems and mediates conflicts encountered during daily operations and determines appropriate solutions; promotes teamwork. Encourages regular communication, informs staff of relevant business issues and their impact on the organization.

Develops the performance enhancement plan, documents performance, provides performance feedback and formally evaluates the work of the employee; provides reward and recognition for proper and efficient performance. Develops and implements training and development plans and opportunities for subordinate staff.

Encourages and guides others toward goals.

Ensures quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of unit activities and safety measures.

Documents causes for disciplinary action and initiates letters of reprimand and makes formal recommendations for disciplinary action. Responds to formal and informal employee grievances and prepares written responses.

By position, participates in planning and managing budget systems; prepares and presents budget recommendations to higher management; operates within budget parameters; adjusts work plans/activities as a result of budget changes.

About You

The Ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated experience and technical competence in processing a variety of crime scenes, including property crimes, motor vehicles, and major crime scenes, which includes advanced crime scene analysis such as chemical processing, shooting reconstruction, creating scene diagrams, and bloodstain pattern analysis.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills that demonstrate collaboration with customers, peers, and employees.
  • Problem solving skills to use sound reasoning, to find alternative solutions to complex problems, and to make logical judgments.
  • Demonstrated managerial experience with two or more direct reports

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field and three years of experience at the Crime Scene Investigator II level.

(The Crime Scene Investigator II performs full performance professional level forensic crime scene investigation and analysis work conducting field casework collecting, analyzing, and processing complex crime scene evidence and testifying in courts of law).

Education/Experience Equivalency:

Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement.

Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirement.

Licensure and/or Certification:

Completion of required Office of Human Resources supervisory training courses prior to completion of the probationary period.

By position, requires a valid driver's license at the time of application.

Ability to obtain IAI Certified Crime Scene Analyst certification, within one year of employment..

Condition of Employment:

It is a condition of employment that the Denver Police Forensics & Evidence Division form for consent for collection of a DNA sample be completed at the time of hire.

About Everything Else

Classification Title: We call this job Crime Scene Supervisor. The official Classification title is, Crime Scene Supervisor.

Assessments/Testing: This position requires an online assessment. You will receive an email from with further information about the testing process after the position has closed. Please add to your safe sender list and check your spam or junk mail for this email. For a list of positions that require testing and more information about our testing process, click here.

Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.

Probationary Period: This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six-month probationary period prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here.

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

Recruiter: TA

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