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Class Code: 4430
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
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Summary Statement: Under general supervision, takes still photographs, develops photos and prints, enlarges or reduces for use as evidence for records or in court or for publications. Performs related tasks as required. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Photographs accident scenes, crime scenes, aerial scenes, and public relations opportunities. Produces photos from videotapes to provide photographic proof and pictures.

2. Processes rolls of black/white and color film. Develops negatives and prints. Reduces, enlarges, and hand-prints photos.

3. Maintains proper chemistry levels of film processing equipment. Mixes chemicals; changes gas cylinders.

4. Distributes pictures to clients. Sends accident and incident negatives to the DPS Records Unit for storage for future use.

5. Maintains records and files to document work activities, identify film and photos, and bill clients for services.

6. Cleans and maintains processors, cameras, and other related equipment to ensure proper operation and availability when needed.

7. Copies pictorial items from one medium to another.

8. Develops and conducts training classes for DPS and other law enforcement/criminal justice agency personnel.

9. Remains current on job-specific procedures through training courses, professional organizations and publications, seminars, workshops, etc.

10. Provides expert testimony in court and/or through deposition to aid in the prosecution of suspects.

11. Works with employees of DPS and other agencies to resolve photographic problems.

12. Maintains familiarity with manufacturers' safety data sheets (MSDS).

13. Serves in the absence of the Unit supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. the special qualifications and nuances in photographing crime scenes.

2. the principles, practices, styles, and types of photography.

3. the correct procedures and propensities of aerating chemistry.

4. the principles and technologies of photographic equipment and variances between brands of photographic equipment.

5. the effects of time on chemical relationships in photographic mediums.

6. the principles, practices and techniques of evidentiary documentation.

7. criminal law sufficient to know which pictures should be taken at a crime scene.

8. manual camera operation and shutter speeds.

9. safety measures used around high pressure cylinders.

10. applicable federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

11. the properties and environmental impact of chemicals.

Skill in:

1. the use of photographic equipment.

2. effective oral communications in both one-on-one and group situations.

3. problem-solving.

4. photographing from a moving airplane and/or helicopter.

5. the use of computer hardware and applicable software.

6. enhancing photographs to improve the quality of the picture.

Ability to:

1. analyze information and draw valid conclusions.

2. work in darkened rooms with minimal light.

3. exercise care in performing intricate, detailed work.

4. follow oral and written instructions.

5. file according to a logical pattern.

6. read and interpret technical documents.

7. distinguish differences between fine details.


Ability to respond to 24-hour emergency calls to photograph accidents, incidents, crime scenes, etc.

Minimum Qualifications: Requires three (3) years of commercial, industrial, or law enforcement photographic experience: OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must possess a valid AZ drivers license.

Progression to the next pay level/step requires an overall performance rating of at least "Standard" in the last 12 months.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Current as of: 7/23/2014 11:25:52 PM