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Crime Scene Specialist
Salary Grade 917: $16.79 - $26.09 per hour
Plus shift differential pay of $1.00 per hour for time worked between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m

There have been significant changes to our recruitment process so please read this bulletin in its entirety. You are highly encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important testing dates and information that you will need to refer to later, and it will not be available after the closing date.


You must ensure that you complete the following by the application deadline in order to be given full consideration in this recruitment process:

Step 1 - Complete an on-line application with Human Resources by the closing date August 4, 2013 which includes the following: your personal information in your profile, education and employment history, and completed supplemental questions.

Step 2 - Complete a Pre-screen Questionnaire downloaded and sent to TPD Backgrounds by the closing date on August 4, 2013. Please refer to Pre-screen Questionnaire Instructions as noted below.

Failure to complete steps 1 and 2 as indicated above will result in an incomplete application and removal from this recruitment process.


Employees in these classifications earn 104 hours of sick leave and 104 hours of vacation leave annually. Vacation accrual rates increase with seniority. Sick Leave balances are unlimited and Vacation balances have a cap of 288 hours.

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This recruitment will establish a civil service list which will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. There are five vacancies and the next training cycle is scheduled to begin in October/November 2013 for selected candidates.

There will be a public information meeting for interested candidates to meet with representatives from TPD's Identification Section on July 15, 2013 from 7 - 9 PM at the Main Station located at 270 S. Stone, Tucson, AZ 85701.

The Tucson Police Department is seeking competent and conscientious individuals to conduct forensic crime scene investigations. This challenging position collects, examines, preserves, photographs, and investigates all types of crime scenes.

Examples of essential duties include:
  • Documents all types of crime scenes for the recognition, collection and preservation of physical evidence including latent fingerprints, body fluids, hair and fibers, weapons, and other materials in sometimes stressful and unpleasant environments

  • Photographs and/or diagrams crime scenes, physical injuries, victims, evidence, and postmortem examinations

  • Analyzes, collects, packages, and preserves evidence

  • Provides fingerprint services to the public, subjects under arrest, and performs known-to-known fingerprint comparisons

  • Works with digital images and operates various computer programs/software

  • Conducts identity checks and computer searches using the Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System

  • Testifies in court on crime scene findings

  • While this is an exciting opportunity to work for the Tucson Police Department, please consider the following job elements before applying:

    Work is fast-paced and often stressful. Successful performers in this position prefer a fast-paced energetic environment and a job that requires extreme attention to detail. They are able to prioritize assignments quickly and readily adapt to changing circumstances. They accept a shift work position knowing the schedule may be quite different from that of relatives and friends - while at the same time learning to appreciate and take advantage of what a shift work lifestyle has to offer.

    The ability to photograph a variety of crime scenes and evidence is an integral part of this position. Successful performers on the Written and Practical Examinations are first and foremost knowledgeable photographers. In order to be successful throughout all examinations, you will need to have a thorough knowledge of photographic techniques and practices, including different digital formats, digital file types, exposure settings, and intermediate lighting and flash photography.

    - Crime Scene Academy requires the study of written procedures as well as hands-on practicals
    - Upon completion of the Crime Scene Academy, you will be assigned to one of the following shifts (days off will vary):
    0600-1600; 1400-2400; 2100-0700
    - Work schedule rotates every 4 months. Normal work schedule involves (4) 10-hour days per week with 3 days off, and includes evenings, weekends, holidays, and required overtime
    - Work requires the ability to adjust quickly to changing job assignments and to maintain confidentiality
    - No felony convictions or drug abuse history

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Six months of additional related work experience, education or vocational/technical training in photography, digital photography or photo journalism

  • Less than one year of relevant experience working with photography

  • Driver's License with at least two years of clean driving history

  • The six months of post HS education can typically be obtained through completion of 6 college-level credit hours in photography or photo journalism courses OR relevant photography work experience.

    The work experience can be obtained either through relevant photography work experience OR additional education in the photography field.

    JULY 7 - AUGUST 4, 2013


    In order to apply, you must register to apply online if you have not already done so. If you are new to the City of Tucson job site, an online guide is available by clicking on "Employment Application Frequently Asked Questions" on the main employment page.
    After you have registered, log-in and click View Job Openings and apply for this position. The bottom left hand portion of each step will contain a link to Proceed to next step.

    Step 1 - Add or Update your Personal information
    Step 2 - Add or Update your Education Information
    Step 3 - Add or Update your Employment Information
    Step 4 - Complete the Supplemental Questions

    Click on "Submit Application" when you are finished and ready to submit your application.

    Applications that do not contain complete education or employment history, responses to all supplemental questions, and a properly submitted pre-screen questionnaire will not receive further consideration and will be deemed as an incomplete application.

    Examination results and current status will be communicated by email so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.


    1. Once you have applied using the City's online application process, you must then complete AND return Non-Sworn Questionnaire (click here). Please be forthright and fully disclose all relevant information on your Non-Sworn Questionnaire. Any discrepancies and omissions will be uncovered during an exhaustive background investigation and polygraph examination, so it is not in your best interest to be less than truthful on your Non-Sworn Questionnaire.

    2. This questionnaire is a fillable MS Word Document and may be accessed by clicking the above link or by copying the following address into your browser. Please allow a few seconds for the file to download:

    3. THE ONLY METHOD which you may return your completed questionnaire IS BY EMAIL as a MS Word attachment to:

    It is highly recommended that you utilize the "Save As" function and save a copy to your local disk prior to emailing. Your questionnaire must be saved as a MS Word Doc (.doc) in version XP or earlier (do not use Vista). Please use "CSS 0713" as your email subject line.

    4. Questionnaires from all applicants who have successfully applied must be received by the Tucson Police Department by midnight (Tucson time) on August 4, 2013. Failure to properly complete an application or submit the questionnaire by the established deadline will result in your removal from this recruitment process. Questionnaires received from applicants who did not properly apply online or who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not be considered.

    5. You will need to type your responses onto this document and email it to TPD as an attachment. Please ensure you complete all the questions. For responses involving a yes/no box, simply place a capital X in front of the applicable response. Do not worry about signing the form prior to submitting.

    6. One of the fundamental requirements of working in law enforcement is the ability of an individual to adhere to and demonstrate the highest legal and ethical standards. Unfortunately, it is our experience that a number of applicants in each hiring process will fail due to material omissions or untruthfulness when completing their prescreen questionnaire and subsequent background information. If you are untruthful, dishonest, knowingly omit, falsify, conceal or obscure required information during any part of the application and hiring process, you will be PERMANENTLY DISQUALIFIED from ever being employed by the Tucson Police Department in ANY capacity.

    Applicants who applied correctly, met the minimum qualifications and successfully passed the preliminary questionnaire screening will receive an email notification on August 14, 2013 with a formal invitation to the Written Examination. Only the highest scoring candidates will continue to proceed to the next step in the recruitment process:

    Written Examination - Scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2013
    This exam will cover intermediate photographic techniques, digital photography, and general knowledge subjects such as spelling, math and directions.

    Practical Examination - Scheduled for August 26th and 27th as needed
    This exam will be conducted utilizing a Canon 30D digital camera and Sunpak 622 strobe, and involve intermediate-level digital photography practices/methods and a mock accident/crime scene.

    Oral Board Interview - Scheduled August 29th and 30th as needed

    Out-of-town applicants should be prepared to be in Tucson on all examination dates; arrangements will be made to complete fingerprints/polygraph during these dates. Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.

    An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as 5% of your application rating for Training and Experience, 35% of your rating for the Written Exam, 30% of your rating for the Practical Exam and 30% of your rating for the Oral Board Interview.

    Individuals on the hiring list will be subject to the following:
  • An extensive background investigation, including local, state and national criminal and fingerprint checks

  • A polygraph examination to verify the information you have supplied on your pre-screen application and other background and employment documents

  • Finalist candidates will participate in photography/fingerprinting at a post mortem examination.

    Selected candidates will receive a conditional job offer and must successfully pass pre-employment medical and psychological evaluations.

    Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation at the Written Exam or Oral Board interviews. DD 214's must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

    If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call 520-791-4241 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

    All inquiries should be addressed to the below individuals. Do not send emails to, because this is utilized only for outbound notifications.
    Malena Carreon, 520.837.4165, or email at
    Shennendoah Rogers, 520.837.4161, or email at
    Jocelyn D. Maez, 520.837.4176, or email at

    JOB CODE: 6350/0713

    To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

    Full time employees also enjoy the benefits of membership in the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System (TSRS). The City's defined benefit pension plan has provided lifetime income to City of Tucson retirees since 1950, and the program continues to provide monthly income to over 2,700 City of Tucson retirees.

    All TSRS members participate in paying for the cost of their benefit, by making payroll contributions based on a rate that is applied to the members pay, and this rate can change annually at the beginning of each fiscal year. The Employer also makes contributions to the pension plan for the cost of each members benefit, and those contributions represent a significant amount of employee benefits.

    All member contributions are placed in the TSRS trust, earning 6% each year, and remain the property of each employee member.

    ** Effective July 1, 2013, the TSRS contribution rate for employees hired after July 1, 2011 will change from 13.976% to 5.06%. The payroll deduction for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 is currently at 13.976% of employee gross pay.

    Examples of how the TSRS deduction will affect employee pay:

    Current rate (thru pay periods ending before June 30, 2013): for an hourly employee making $15/hour, for an 80 hour bi-weekly paycheck, would result in the following deduction from pay:

    $15.00 X 80 = $1,200, $1,200 X 13.976% = $167.71 bi-weekly deduction.

    New rate (beginning with pay periods ending after July 1, 2013): for any hourly employee making $15/hour, for an 80 hour bi-weekly paycheck, would result in the following deduction from pay:

    $15.00 X 80 = $1200, $1,200 X 5.06% = $60.72 bi-weekly deduction.

    The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

    Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.