Forensic Specialist 1 (Crime Scene)

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Beach, VA, US


The Virginia Beach Police Department’s Forensic Unit employs twenty civilian and ancillary employees in two distinct sections (crime scene investigation and fingerprint identification). The unit responds to approximately 5000 crime scenes annually, including vehicle accidents, fires, property crimes and violent crimes.

Forensic Specialists (Crime Scene) perform work in the recognition, collection, documentation, preservation and processing of physical evidence associated with criminal activity under investigation; process crime scenes; develop latent finger and palm prints at crime scenes and on evidence recovered at crime scenes; identify and recover all forms of evidence, coordinating forensic laboratory submissions of evidence for further analysis; document crime scenes, using note-taking, sketching, measurements, photography and laser scanning; prepare reports and supplemental documents; and testify in court.

Forensic Specialist I is the journey level position and will only be used if the successful candidate possesses at least two years’ experience as an evidence technician, crime scene investigator or related title with another law enforcement agency. Applicants selected for the Forensic Specialist I position will be eligible for career progression to the Forensic Specialist II position classification (10% pay increase) upon demonstrating competency and proficiency in a specialized area such as bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting incident reconstruction, video-audio analysis, etc., being recognized by the court as an expert witness in that discipline and in obtaining International Association of Identification (IAI), International for Crime Scene Investigator’s Association (ICSIA) or comparable certification.


  • Requires any combination of education (above the high school level) and/or experience equivalent to five (5) 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 drivers license in accordance with Virginia or North Carolina DMV drivers license eligibility requirements.
  • This position may require that incumbents wear and maintain appropriate personal protective equipment such as, but not limited to, steel toed shoes, safety glasses, gloves, or other designated safety attire and equipment in designated areas of risk. Specific requirements will be determined and communicated by the employees supervisor based on position assigned.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical. Must successfully complete a police background investigation, including polygraph examination.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work rotating shifts (days/evenings/midnights) including weekends and holidays and be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs.

***Applicants are encouraged to provide detailed information in their application/resume, particularly as it relates to specific training and experience performing evidence collection, crime scene investigation, etc., professional certification and experience testifying in court.***

Automatic Disqualifiers: 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 five years. Illegal possession of anabolic steroids within the last 36 months. Illegal possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the last 12 months.


$47,565.90 - $73,727.15 and a comprehensive benefits package.

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