The Police Evidence Specialist receives, classifies, inventories, stores, dispenses, destroys and returns evidence and property connected with criminal activities, and lost and found property; maintains paper and electronic inventory systems and ensures that chain and integrity of evidence is preserved.
Working hours : Work hours are usually eight-hour (five days a week) or ten-hour (four days a week) shifts, day or modified swing and may include weekend hours and call outs.
Accepting On-Line Applications Only
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 2, 2013, 5:00 PM
This posting may be used to fill future vacancies.
Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Receives, inventories, and stores stolen, abandoned and found property, including diverse personal property items, firearms, jewelry and money; a variety of crime scene materials collected for analysis and/or evidence, which may include property listed previously as well as narcotics and chemicals.
Ensures that property and evidence is secure from theft, loss or contamination.
Maintains accurate manual and automated inventory systems and records of all property and evidence; properly marks, tags, and packages evidence and property as required.
May retrieve and transport evidence from crime scene; transports evidence to state laboratory for analysis as required.
Responsible for safe storage of evidence and for ensuring that chain of evidence is clearly preserved whenever evidence is received or is removed from property room.
May assist detectives and/or officers with showing and identifying evidence in court; may testify as to chain of evidence, policy and procedures.
Determines ownership of property or evidence by checking police reports, law enforcement computer systems and other public records.
Works directly with the public, both on the telephone and in person, answering questions about evidence being held and lost property.
Maintain clean and orderly property storage facilities.
Evaluates public request for release of evidence and property; checks that case is completed or limitations have run out before releasing property; checks for outstanding warrants and whether release has been authorized, before releasing property; photographs property and evidence used in criminal cases before releasing it to owners.
Checks case reports for authorization to dispose of evidence and property; assists in the disposal of evidence and unclaimed property through various disposal processes or auctions; purges items from inventory records.
Stay abreast of local, state and federal laws involving property-evidence handling and recommend appropriate changes.
Actively supports and respects diversity in the workplace.
May supervise volunteers.
Performs related duties as required.
Knowledge of :
Methods and procedures used in receiving and storing property.
Departmental policies and procedures as applied to property and evidence storage.
Applicable City, State and federal laws and statutes covering evidence and property, including disposal, statute of limitation, State finders law.
General court systems process and use of evidence.
Maintaining organized records, inventories, and tracking systems.
Police computer systems and other computer programs.
Proper handling of sensitive and dangerous evidence, such as drugs and firearms.
Proper handling of sensitive and dangerous evidence.
Ability to :
Properly store criminal evidence and property.
Follow proper procedures to preserve and maintain custody of evidence, and to maintain accurate records.
Ensure proper disposition of evidence/property.
Handle confidential matters.
Explain department and city ordinances/procedures as to property releases, evidence, found property and disposals.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Work effectively with police professionals and the public.
Follow written and oral instructions.
Use on-line police computer systems.
Operate a variety of business machines, such as typewriter, computers, Audio/Visual (A/V) duplication equipment including audio cassette, VHS, 8mm, CD & DVD and other digital equipment, copier, scales, etc.
Operate property/evidence vehicle.
Simultaneously handle numerous inquiries or requests.
Photograph property/evidence prior to release or for court purposes.
Maintain physical agility to stock, lift, and retrieve evidence or property.
Maintain safe working environment.
Pass a police background investigation.
Experience and Training Guidelines - Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience and Training:
High school diploma and two years experience as an inventory clerk; related law experience preferred.
License and Certificate:
Valid Oregon driver’s license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City’s standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).
Selection Process: Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment.
DUE TO THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY THE CITY, GENERALLY, ONLY APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION (TESTING, INTERVIEWS) WILL BE CONTACTED.
Current information about the status of a job posting is available by going to www.eugene-or.gov/jobs and selecting “Check the Status of recently posted positions”.
The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.
The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
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