The Virginia Beach Police Department’s Forensic Unit is the largest unit within the Detective Bureau, employing twenty civilian and ancillary employees in the crime scene investigation and latent examination sections. The unit responds to approximately 5000 crime scenes annually, including vehicle accidents, fires, property crimes and violent crimes.
Duties: The Forensic Specialist Supervisor serves as first line supervisor for technicians and specialists performing work in the recognition, collection, documentation, preservation and processing of physical evidence associated with criminal activity under investigation; manages major crime scene; directs technicians and specialists in the performance of their duties; reviews and approves summary reports; conducts training as an instructor for in-service programs or other events. As a working supervisor, individual may perform tasks associated with the forensic technician/specialist level, including providing court testimony, and may fill in for the Forensic Unit Supervisor, as necessary.
Shift Requirements: Unit employees work shifts including nights, weekends and holidays. Shift bids are accepted every three months from employees and shift assignments are made based on seniority and the operational needs of the department, with consideration to the employee's bid request. In other words, employees are assigned to the same regular work schedule for three month intervals. Supervisors are subject to call out on a designated schedule (monthly rotation).
The following is a listing of "automatic disqualifiers" or concerns that could result in you not being selected for employment. Please give consideration to these factors before applying. This is not an exhaustive listing.
Criminal History: Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals). Conviction of any Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor, excluding traffic violations which are discussed separately, or the Virginia State Law equivalent within the last 5 years.
Traffic Violations: Three or more negative points on a Virginia Operator's License or the equivalent for out of state licenses. ***Points may be negated by attending defensive driving school offered by the Division of Motor Vehicles prior to the interview phase.*** Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, or leaving the scene of an accident within the last 5 years.
Drugs: Any involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs as an adult. Juvenile involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs is an area of concern which will be given careful scrutiny in the context of the full investigation/review. Any illegal use or possession of any illegal drug (defined as set forth in the Federal Controlled Substance Act, 21 U.S.C. §800 et al. and by the Code of Virginia), including but not limited to heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens or any derivative thereof (except marijuana) within the last ten years. Illegal possession of anabolic steroids within the last 36 months. Illegal possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the last 12 months.
Requires any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to six (6) years in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills and abilities and associated with such positions as evidence technician or related position; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina driver’s license in accordance with Virginia or North Caroline DMV driver’s license eligibility requirements.
Successful completion of a police background investigation, including polygraph exam.
Must be able to work shifts (days/evenings/midnights) including weekends and holidays and be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs. This position requires incumbents to wear and maintain appropriate personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, safety glasses, gloves, or other designated safety attire and equipment in designated areas of risk.
DMV Transcript: Required
CDL: Not Required
DOT History: Not Required
CPS Check: Not Required
Physical: Not Required
Respirator: Not Required
Polygraph Review: Required
Psychological Screening: Not Required
High level of technical competency in crime scene processing and management, experience providing court testimony, continued interest in staying current in the field and effectiveness in training/mentoring others. Experience conducting training and serving in a team lead role desirable. Recognition by the courts as an expert in a specialized area (e.g. ballistics, blood splatter, etc.) is desirable.
VRS Contribution: All full-time employees are required to contribute 5% of annual salary toward their retirement account; in accordance with VRS retirement provisions. This will be handled through a pre-tax payroll deduction.