Evidence Property Technician

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Summary

This job description is taken from the Montpelier, Idaho, Police Department. Maintain and process evidence seized from crime scenes, to include obtaining and securing evidence, processing evidence for fingerprints, ensuring availability of evidence for subpoenas, and testifying in court.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

High school diploma or GED; supplemented by three (3) years previous experience and/or training that includes criminal justice work, evidence handling, working with the public, and personal computer operations, or a combination of all the above.
Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge or experience in the following areas: Detective/ Investigations/ Crime Scene Investigation/ Property Evidence Supervision, military experience.
Must be able to effectively communicate with employees and supervisors, outside agencies, and the general public. Must have a positive work history, free from frequent disciplinary actions, suspensions, terminations or resignations, and maintain the highest moral character. Must have the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to perform accurate and precise work and properly document same, and maintain sensitive and confidential information. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Must successfully complete polygraph, psychological exam, and background investigation.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Provides direction, guidance and assistance to volunteers or other workers; coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors status of work, inspects completed work, and troubleshoots problem situations.
Ensures that activities associated with collection, receipt, storage, and disposal of evidence/property are in compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
Collects, receives, logs, and maintains various items, including evidence, found property, prisoner property, forfeitures, or items held for criminal prosecution, and safekeeping; inventories evidence/property received and verifies that evidence/property matches documentation; prepares photographs of evidence; prepares copies of evidence for attorneys; duplicates video/audio tapes; weighs narcotics; packages items and stores in appropriate locations; maintains computer records of all items received, transferred, and returned; researches database to determine status of evidence; moves items between storage locations as needed; maintains Chain of Evidence custody at all times.
Makes corrections to paperwork and/or evidence, found property, prisoner property, or items held for prosecution, and safekeeping as appropriate.
Receives and logs incoming subpoenas; testifies in criminal and civil courts.
Logs and signs for items to be submitted to county laboratory; transfers items to county laboratory; signs for items returning from county laboratory.
Signs in/out all items being used in an ongoing criminal/civil investigation; prepares evidence for use in trials.
Processes evidence for latent fingerprints; lifts, stores, and develops latent fingerprints; prepares/distributes laboratory reports of results of fingerprint testing.
Processes photograph film.
Provides assistance at crime scenes as needed and includes evidence collection.
Notifies owners of found/recovered property; assists the public in locating their property; sets up appointments for owners to identify property and returns property to rightful owners.
Coordinates disposal/destruction of evidence or found property in accordance with applicable laws and policies; destroys weapons with assistance of Montpelier Police Department; obtains court orders to destroy narcotics and videotapes or photographs the burning of narcotics; prepares biohazard material to be destroyed by local hospital; contacts charitable organizations to offer found property and prepares property for delivery to charitable organizations.
Provides police personnel with crime scene paraphernalia.
Provides training to police personnel in matters relating to evidence collection, safekeeping, chain of custody, or related issues.
Provides assistance to state/civil attorneys or other law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, property receipts, evidence correction notices, subpoenas, laboratory requests, laboratory reports, requests for court orders, property records, or other documents.
Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, property receipts, subpoenas, laboratory reports, laboratory analyses, court orders, invoices, policies, procedures, laws, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; verifies accuracy of entered data and makes corrections; utilizes word processing, database, or other programs; performs basic maintenance of computer system and office equipment, such as backing up data or replacing paper, ink, or toner.
Operates a variety of tools and equipment associated with work activities, which may include scales, audio/video duplication equipment, magnifying devices, evidence tape, razor knives, latent print developing chemicals, latent print envelopes, photo envelopes, bio-hazard containers, plastic heat seal bags, safety equipment, hand tools, and general office equipment, and any other equipment associated with crime scene prosecution or evidence collection.
Monitors inventory of equipment and supplies; ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities; initiates orders for new/replacement materials; researches new products, materials, software, and supplies for potential use in the department.
Performs general cleaning/housekeeping tasks associated with maintaining evidence room and work areas.
Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, laboratory personnel, law enforcement personnel, court officials, attorneys, insurance companies, property owners, tow companies, vendors, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, entering data into computer, retrieving information, prepares reports, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or prepares outgoing mail/packages, or receiving incoming mail.
Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.
Performs other related duties as required.
Applicants with a disability who require accommodations within the application / interview process should direct a request in advance to the Chief of Police.


Application

Send resume and City application to Chief Gregory J. Butler. Applications can be obtained by calling City Hall at 208-847-1324


Contact Information

Chief Gregory J. Butler
Montpelier Police Department
534 Washington ST
Montpelier, ID 83254
Phone: (208) 847-1324