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Criminalist

Sheriff's Office | Caldwell, ID | Full Time

Job Description

EXPECT THE BEST

Be a part of an Agency rich with experience where you can pursue your passion

Apply below with the Canyon County Sheriff's Office

THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL FORMS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL CRIMINALIST APPLICANTS. Application will be considered incomplete IF NOT SUBMITTED.


You will be directed to upload these completed documents when completing the application.

  • Proof of education copy – this can be GED, high school diploma or official college transcripts
  • Complete and Upload the following forms:Additional Paperwork for Non-Commissioned 2021 This needs to be notarized; we can provide that service for you in our office, if needed.  You must be present at the time of signing with a valid Photo ID.
  • Complete and upload the Canyon County Application form: Employment Application Fillable
  • Typing tests results. You can complete this at www.typingtest.com 

Annual Salary:  $47,854.00 - $55,512.00

             (Hourly: $23.00 - $26.69)  Plus a Generous Benefit Package!!

APPLICATION PERIOD ENDS: 10/13/2021

General Statement of Duties

Performs detailed technical evidence collection, evidence processing, and crime scene documentation work for the Sheriff’s Office in support of the development of cases by the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office as well as other regional law enforcement agencies; performs related work as required.

Classification Summary

The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform journey-level laboratory and technical evidence work in areas such as crime scene processing, evidence collection, evidence processing, drug testing, digital photo/video evidence processing, and latent fingerprint processing. Work is performed under the general direction of the Forensic Services Supervisor.  The principal duties of this class are performed in a work environment in which the employee may be exposed to adverse weather conditions and to potential personal danger 

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary):

  • Reproduces audio and video tapes in multiple copies for use by attorneys and criminal investigators;
  • Carries out a variety of miscellaneous tasks which are generally temporary special assignments;
  • Responds to crime scenes to perform technical police support, including processing and collecting evidence;
  • Processes and investigates crime scenes to record, document and collect physical evidence, including fingerprint evidence, shoeprint/tire-mark evidence, photographic/video evidence, scene measurements/sketching, and special physical evidence procedures.  Photographs latent fingerprints/palm prints/injuries/ or other evidence for 1:1 calibration and digital processing;
  • Recovers and searches for latent fingerprint evidence;
  • Performs presumptive chemical tests to determine the presence of blood or other body fluid evidence, tests a variety of illegal drugs utilizing various visual/chemical tests and GCMS;
  • Performs proper collection, preservation and packaging of different types of evidence;
  • Prepares reports, logs, drawings, diagrams, documentation, and related records for each crime scene investigation;
  • Effects effaced serial number restorations;
  • Assists in maintaining evidence;
  • Enters ten print fingerprint cards and/or latent print cards into AFIX system, searches AFIX databases and processes hits, completes latent fingerprint comparisons and/or verifications utilizing the ACE-V methodology;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County and Office policies, procedures and safety practices.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Effective teamwork strategies in completing complex tasks;
  • Detailed technical evidence collection and crime scene processing;
  • Photographic techniques and procedures under various lighting conditions;
  • Drug testing procedures;
  • Latent print development;
  • Collecting, preserving, and analyzing fingerprints;
  • Blood/body fluid detection, collection, and preservation;
  • Digital photo and video camera operation;
  • English grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
  • Department policies and procedures;
  • Operation of a personal computer and job-related software.    

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Follow oral and written instructions;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in at least one forensic discipline;
  • Organize, plan, and prioritize investigations;
  • Properly collect, package and preserve physical evidence from crime scenes;
  • Apply casting techniques in a variety of field/lab situations;
  • Collect, preserve and analyze fingerprints;
  • Make drawings and graphic representations of crime scenes;
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential dangers and to determine proper course of action;
  • Input, search, and retrieve fingerprint information from local databases using specialized equipment;
  • Cope with stressful situations calmly, fairly, tactfully and with respect for individual rights;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and with citizens with varied racial, ethnic or economic backgrounds;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing;
  • Prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports;
  • Keep immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Respond to citizen requests in a courteous and effective manner;
  • Perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or related field; and
  • One (1) to Three (3) years of experience with police identification work, supplemented by certification, specialty workshops, and training in criminal investigations;
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Special Qualifications

  • Idaho driver’s license;
  • International Association of Identification (IAI) latent print certified or certifiable;
  • International Association of Identification (IAI) crime scene certified or certifiable;
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a polygraph examination, through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions, collect, process, and analyze crime scene evidence and related materials;   
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate computer equipment and standard office equipment and to properly collect, process, and analyze crime scene evidence and related materials;
  • Sufficient personal stamina which allows the employee to work in an outdoor environment in adverse weather conditions;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, agility, and reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to bend or stoop repeatedly in collecting evidence, sit or stand for long periods of time, lift up to 50 pounds, and work in a crime scene environment. 

EOE Statement 

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and

selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.