Non-Sworn Positions

Records Specialist

Police Records Specialist

This position is responsible for processing and maintaining criminal records and information in accordance with Federal, State and local laws and regulations as well as City and Department policies. Employees in this classification interact with various agencies, organizations and the public when distributing the requested information. This position ensures the accuracy and completeness of information contained within police reports which is then indexed into nationwide databases.


Public Safety Dispatcher

This position is responsible for dispatching calls for service and tracking public safety personnel on an emergency police radio system. This type of work includes continuously accessing and entering computer information, evaluating, triaging and disseminating critical information, and responding accordingly to meet the needs of police officers via the radio as they perform their jobs. A high level of ability to perform multiple tasks well during times of extreme air traffic is essential to successfully operating a busy frequency. Dispatchers must make decisions quickly to provide immediate support to the field based on established procedures and the information they receive. They monitor Computer Aided Dispatch screens that dynamically update as data is entered externally or internally, and they control the overall effectiveness of the frequency.

Police Service Operator

Involves answering emergency (911) and non emergency calls for service, requiring the operator to interview callers and verify and evaluate information given while recording the information according to the established guidelines for the department. Work includes accessing and entering computer information; this job also requires extensive keyboarding and multitasking. There is an intensive training program for this job, which requires the studying of written procedures as well as hands on experience. Communications personnel normally work a four, ten hours shifts per week and overtime as necessary. Work is stressful and fast paced and requires individuals to work a variety of shifts to include holidays.

Crime Scene Specialist

Crime Scene Specialists

A Crime Scene Specialist conducts forensic crime scene investigations, which include photographing different scenes, processing for and lifting latent fingerprints, and collecting other forensic evidence as needed. The CSS is also responsible for fingerprinting the public and suspects that are under arrest, testifying in court on crime scene findings, conducting identity checks and computer searches using the Arizona Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

Criminalists (Forensic Biology, Toxicology, Firearms and Toolmarks, Drug Analysis, Latent Prints, Trace Evidence)


There are various criminalist positions within the crime lab at the Tucson Police Department. These positions involve technical laboratory work. Work may involve exposure to hazardous biological specimens and carcinogenic materials and requires considerable exercise of judgment and care in handling physical evidence to ensure personal safety and future legal acceptability. Criminalists routinely analyze blood samples for alcohol concentration, isolate and type DNA genetic profiles, examine evidence related to firearms and toolmarks, drugs, and trace evidence, process and compare latent fingerprints, operate laboratory instrumentation, check, maintain and repair instruments, render opinions, and offer expert testimony. Criminalists perform work in accordance with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Acceditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) guidelines for forensic analysis.

Evidence Technicians

Evidence Technicians transport, store, and manage all property seized by the Tucson Police Department. Evidence technicians provide customer service to the community by ensuring property cleared for release is returned to the rightful owner and evidence is available for the courts. The job of an Evidence Technician is highly physical and may involve heavy lifting and the operation of heavy equipment. Technicians are trained in the disposal and handling of hazardous materials such as firearms, bloody items, and narcotics.