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CSI is the acronym used for Crime Scene Investigator. The Wichita Police Department employs 11 CSI's and 2 CSI Supervisors in the Technical Services Bureau. Generally speaking, they provide specialized crime scene investigation services through documentation, evidence processing, and collection.
The CSIs in the Wichita Police Department are responsible for the thorough documentation of crime scenes in the form of reports, diagrams, and photographs. They collect and process evidence for latent prints, trace evidence, DNA, and blood spatter. They assist the Sedgwick County Coroner's Office when needed to document evidence at postmortem examinations. They are responsible for maintaining proper documentation of the chain of custody of evidence for later presentation in court. CSIs are responsible for accurate report writing, courtroom testimony, and keeping updated on the latest trends in the field of crime scene investigation.
CSIs in the Wichita Police Department for 2008 currently have a pay range from $17.41 to $24.61 per hour. In addition to that, there is a shift differential for working nights. The benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and available health insurance with the employee paying 20% of the premium and the City of Wichita paying 80%. Dental coverage and life insurance are also available. CSIs are represented by the Fraternal Order of Police.
Wichita Police Department CSI's are civilian employees who serve in a support role to the commissioned police officers and detectives. They do not carry firearms or have any powers of arrest.
The Wichita Police Department requires a 4-year college degree in Administration of Justice or a closely related field. Additionally, related work experience is preferred. You must pass a physical examination, drug screening, and background check. A WPD CSI will have a valid Kansas driver's license, a willingness to do shift work, the ability to carry bulky or heavy items up to 40 pounds, be able to distinguish colors, and have good oral and written communication skills.
In addition to your formal education prior to being hired, CSIs receive on-the-job training from experienced CSIs and CSI Supervisors. Application can also be made for external specialized training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Selections for those training classes are made by and funded by the FBI.
The first step is to apply for employment with the City of Wichita. You can apply online at Human Resources or in person in the Human Resources office in City Hall at 455 N Main, Wichita, Kansas on the 2nd floor.
Visit the Human Resources page for more information.