Latent Print / Crime Scene Technician

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Latent Print / Crime Scene Technician

City of Waco

Salary: See Position Description

Job Number: 2023-01165

Location: Waco, TX

Department: Police

Job Type: Full Time


Minimum Starting Salary: $19.07/hourly – Depending on Qualifications


• Meaningful and challenging work
• Make a difference and improve communities
• Competitive Salary and Benefits

• Full Range of Benefits, including Health, Dental, Vision, Disability, and Life Insurance
• Mandatory TMRS Retirement Plan with a 2:1 City Match
• Education Assistance Program
• Paid Parental Leave
• Employee Assistance
• Longevity Pay
• And more!

• Chance to do work you are passionate about
• Job Security
• Desire to give back

A detail-oriented, organized individual to join the City of Waco Police Department as a Latent Print Crime Scene Technician. Do you have experience and/or knowledge of conducting investigations, collecting, processing, and preserving evidence related to a criminal investigation? If this is you, Apply now!


• Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, or a related field.
• OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Must complete Police Department Background Packet
• Must pass a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) background screening.
• Must be able to pass a polygraph.
• Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.
• Must live within McLennan County.


• One year of experience in crime scene processing, latent print development, and fingerprint comparison


• Various days and hours, including overnight hours, weekends, and holidays.

Additional Requirements:

ALL APPLICANTS – Must be able to pass a criminal background check and obtain and maintain federally mandated security clearances where required. Applicants must meet CJIS requirements related to system access. By applying for this job, you are subject to a state and national criminal history check of the following:
• Felony Convictions
• Felony Deferred Adjudication
• Class A & B Misdemeanor Convictions
• Class A & B Misdemeanor Deferred Adjudication
• Any open arrest for any Criminal Offense (Felony or Misdemeanor)
• Any Family Violence Convictions

State-mandated eligibility for this position requires the applicant to be:

• A United States Citizen
• Possess an Honorable Discharge from a branch of the Military in which the applicant served, if applicable.
• Submit to a background investigation as required by state law.
• Provide truthful and accurate information at all times during the application process. Any dishonesty found during the application process will result in automatic disqualification and deem the applicant permanently unsuitable for hire at any other time.

Under basic supervision, processes evidence, latent prints, and other trace evidence for the Waco Police Department (WPD).


• Responds to crime and accident scenes, evaluate the scene, and conduct searches for evidence utilizing disciplines related to crime scene investigation.
• Measures and/or photographs crime scenes, evidence, etc.; Documents collects, packages, preserves, and processes evidence in accordance with applicable legal chain of custody practices and procedures.
• Utilizes alternate light sources, chemical and physical processes, scientific methods, and equipment to detect and collect evidence.
• Process evidence and crime scenes for latent fingerprints, utilizing both chemical and powder processes.
• Develop investigative leads for detectives based on analytical processing of crime scene evidence.
• Writes, drafts, and completes reports and/or documentation of work completed.
• Assists other surrounding law enforcement agencies with crime scene processing.
• Testifies as an expert witness in court regarding analysis of procedures after being declared by the judge an expert in the field of crime scene investigation.
• Works in an environment containing bio-hazardous materials.
• Must be able to climb, carry, stoop, crawl, and safely operate a motor vehicle. Frequently exposed to extreme heat, cold, humidity, and precipitation; fumes and odors from processing chemicals; and biological hazards such as blood and body fluids.
• Supports the relationship between the City of Waco and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information.
• Must live in McLennan County and be able to work an on-call schedule when designated.
• May be required to respond after hours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City-wide emergency.
• Performs other related and assigned duties as required.
• Driving is essential.

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The City of Waco is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing fair and equal treatment of all applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

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