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Class Code: 4435
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
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Summary Statement: Under direction, directs, coordinates, and schedules the activities of personnel engaged in providing photographic services to the agency; responsible for materials, equipment, work flow and quality of services. Performs related work as required. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Processes rolls of black/white and color film. Develops negatives and prints. Reduces, enlarges, and hand-prints photos. Prints photographs for evidence, court presentations, media publications, and historical files, sometimes in emergency situations.

2. Maintains logs and other records to document receipt of film, track status, and distribute finished products to clients. Packages photos and prepares for delivery to destination. Prepares negatives for filing.

3. Photographs accident scenes, crime scenes, aerial scenes, public relations opportunities, publication articles, and portraits. Produces photos from videotapes to provide photographic proof and pictures for investigations.

4. Prepares and maintains proper processing chemicals and equipment at required levels.

5. Establishes and maintains files of negatives and request orders.

6. Produces duplicates of photographs and/or slides to use in other medium (i.e. photographs to slides).

7. Acquires supplies for work unit in most cost-effective manner. Researches new photographic equipment, writes bid specifications, obtains price quotes, submits purchase orders and requisitions, and receives products.

8. Administers Unit budget to ensure expenditures are appropriate, documented and funded.

9. Receives, prioritizes, schedules, assigns and supervises work requests.

10. Establishes performance measures, goals, objectives and priorities for assigned personnel.

11. Supervises the work of subordinate staff. Evaluates employees to advise of the requirements and expectations of the position and provide feedback regarding performance.

12. Teaches accident scene photography to officers.

13. Obtains technical services when equipment breaks down and in-house repairs are not possible.

14. Assists DPS employees in answering inquiries, locating film and photographs.

15. Drafts and submits written documents (e.g. periodic reports, budgetary requests/reports, procurement documents, etc.) to provide information and document activities of the work unit.

16. Gives depositions to provide testimony on accidents or other crime scenes personally photographed.

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 various brands of film and their distinct color channels.

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

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

7. safety measures used around high pressure cylinders.

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

9. the proper utilization and storage of compressed air and nitrogen cylinders and gauges.

10. the properties and environmental impact of chemicals.

11. the principles and practices of developing and implementing preventive maintenance procedures.

12. various photographic equipment vendors in the state.

Skill in:

1. the proper use of photographic equipment.

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

3. improvising while photographing crime scenes to compensate for unusual conditions.

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

5. the use of computer hardware and software.

6. applying and interpreting statistical data.

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

Ability to:

1. analyze information and draw valid conclusions.

2. prioritize incoming assignments.

3. work in darkened rooms with minimal or no light.

4. exercise care in performing intricate, detailed work.

5. follow oral and written instructions.

6. file according to a logical pattern.

7. read and interpret technical documents.

8. distinguish differences between fine details.


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

Must possess a valid AZ driver's license.

Minimum Qualifications: Requires five (5) years of law enforcement photographic experience including two (2) years in a lead or supervisory capacity; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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: 7/25/2014 8:57:20 AM