CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Police Identification and Records Officers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Identification and Records Officers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases. Photograph crime or accident scenes for evidence records.
 
Testify in court and present evidence.
 
Dust selected areas of crime scene and lift latent fingerprints, adhering to proper preservation procedures.
 
Look for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
 
Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
 
Package, store and retrieve evidence.
 
Perform emergency work during off-hours.
 
Process film and prints from crime or accident scenes.
 
Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.
 
Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
 
Identify, compare, classify, and file fingerprints using systems such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) or the Henry Classification System.
 
Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.
 
Coordinate or conduct instructional classes or in-services such as citizen police academy classes and crime scene training for other officers.
 
Interview victims, witnesses, suspects, and other law enforcement personnel.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Identification and Records Officers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Identification and Records Officers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Identification and Records Officers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Identification and Records Officers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Identification and Records Officers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Accident Investigator
Crime Lab Analyst (Crime Laboratory Analyst)
Crime Scene Evidence Technician
Crime Scene Examiner
Crime Scene Investigator
Crime Scene Specialist
Crime Scene Technician
Criminal Investigator
Criminalist
Detective
Detective Sergeant
Evidence Custodian
Evidence Technician
Field Identification Specialist
Fingerprint Classifier
Forensic Investigator
Forensic Science Examiner
Forensic Sergeant
Forensic Specialist
Identification Officer
Identification Technician
Latent Fingerprint Examiner
Latent Print Examiner
Police Crime Scene Technician
Police Detective
Police Evidence Technician
Police Investigator
Police Officer
Police Photographer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Identification and Records Officers
 
 
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