Forensic Technician I
State of South Carolina - Richland County, SC

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General Responsibility:

Serve as a Forensic Technician I in SLED’s Forensic Services – Evidence Control Department. Under general supervision, assist law enforcement officers throughout the state with the submission of physical evidence involved in criminal investigations. Assist in the appropriate selection of exam requests and determine the proper packaging and routing of the evidence for analysis. Assist with Evidence Custodian duties operating the Evidence Room.

Specific Duties:

Greet and assist incoming officers, display professional communication skills by phone; assist in paperwork preparation; search computer for case information such as status, analysts assigned or additional submissions; review all forms to determine if vital information is correct; make notations for analysts of pertinent information; record important case information accurately in Narrative section; scan all forms; enter data on LIMS system.

Inventory and critique evidence to determine which laboratory department is to perform the analysis and in which order it should be routed; package evidence according to size and type; determine proper handling procedure on case by case basis; mark or label items appropriately; maintain integrity of evidence; determine appropriate take in and storage for all cases.

Take authorized possession of evidence coming into laboratory; stock evidence appropriately; disburse new evidence to analysts and return back to originating agency upon completion of analysis; coordinate proper destruction of evidence as needed and authorized; Utilize LIMS to perform associated tasks and to generate statistical reports; provide testimony in court when requested .

Work independently and as a team member. Practice prompt work attendance (to include notification of tardiness), display professionalism and share daily duties within department. Take appropriate breaks and lunch hours; Maintain neat and orderly workspace; participate in all required safety and/or education and training.

Minimum and Additional Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university or a High School Diploma and a working knowledge of computerized information systems.

Must have the skill to accurately input data into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the ability to effectively communicate with law enforcement officials from various types of agencies.

Must have the ability to testify as a witness in a court of law.

Position may require some overnight travel for court or for training and may require some irregular work hours.

Must have the ability to lift items of evidence up to 25 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

Basic knowledge of Laboratory Procedures.

Additional Comments:

All applicants must complete the on-line State application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application nor will it be used to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.

Supplemental questions are considered part of the official application. Any misrepresentation of yourself will disqualify you from the position.

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