Employment Opportunity

Civilian Evidence Technician

Schertz Police Department, Schertz, Texas

Salary: $17.28 Hourly

Final Filing Date: September 13, 2017

Responsible for recording and maintaining accurate records of evidence/property in the evidence room. This position requires accurate record keeping, evidence preparation for court purposes as well as court room testimony involving chain of custody. Also performs research for new forensic and crime scene equipment for the division. This position operates the drug burn machine and coordinates and with other agencies for proper disposal of narcotics. Responds to crime scenes with detectives to evaluate items for evidentiary value, fingerprint detection/collection and photographic documentation.

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  • Receives, documents, stores and ensures proper custody and control of physical evidence and property in the evidence room. Coordinates the release of evidence and property to rightful owners when appropriate.
  • Receives and documents laboratory reports and forwards them to prosecuting attorney's office(s) when applicable.
  • Maintains record of ownership of items received, stored and reason for retention.
  • Processes and evaluates physical evidence and fingerprints.
  • Transports evidence to Texas DPS Crime Lab for analysis.
  • Maintain records including evidence custody documents, chain of custody documents, property receipts and related reports.
  • Prepares evidence and exhibits for court; demonstrate the ability to testify in court on behalf of the Department in regards to evidence custody as required under subpoena.
  • Prepare digital evidence copies for case filing and deliver to prosecutors as required.
  • Assist in the research of new forensic and crime scene products and procedures that may benefit the department.
  • Prepares list of items to be disposed of as required by department policies and procedures, court orders, state statutes or federal laws.
  • Coordinate with other agencies for the appropriate disposal of narcotics.
  • Assist in crime scene processing including: evidence collection and processing, written and photographic documentation of the crime scene.
  • Inspect, order, maintain and stock department equipment/supplies (within budgetary limitations).
  • Operate a wide variety of electronic equipment and systems to include entering and maintaining records into the Records Management System (RMS).
  • Safely operates department vehicles in the performance of duties.
  • Performs related duties and fulfills responsibilities as required.


  • Must demonstrate knowledge of department policy, State and Federal laws regarding the search and seizure of property and evidence.
  • Have working knowledge of fingerprinting and other procedures and techniques used to collect and preserve physical evidence.
  • The ability to attend various training schools and pass/maintain required certifications.
  • Have the ability to prepare and maintain accurate records.
  • Must have the ability to work without direct supervision and exercise initiative.
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality of investigations and information involving evidence.
  • Must possess skills to develop and maintain working relationships with department personnel, other law enforcement and government agencies, crime labs, multiple County and District Attorney's offices as well as the general public.
  • Ability to speak, communicate and write effectively in flawless English, using excellent grammar.
  • A High School Diploma or GED equivalent is required. Preferred background and degree in forensic studies or related field.
  • Approved Evidence Technician certification or equivalent within 2 years
  • A valid Texas driver's license.
  • Ability to use personal computers, common office equipment, communications equipment as well as specialized investigations / evidence collection equipment. Must be able to use photography equipment, crime scene processing equipment and chemicals relevant to law enforcement.
  • Required to work odd and unusual hours, including weekends and designated holidays, and to be subject to call-back in the performance of job duties.
  • Working conditions are primarily inside an office environment, but may require exposure to inclement weather conditions.
  • May be exposed to working in unsanitary environments, in hot or cold temperatures and subject to handling of narcotics, firearms, currency and bio-hazardous materials or fluids.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Employee must take an audiometer test and meet specified hearing standards.
  • Average hearing loss of 25 decibels (ANSI) at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hertz
  • Single reading of 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hertz
  • Single reading of 35 decibels at 500 Hertz
  • Single reading of 45 decibels at 4000 Hertz
  • A Civilian Evidence Technician must have uncorrected vision of no worse than 20/200 in each eye, corrected to 20/20 vision in one eye and not worse than 20/40 vision in the other eye. If an individual has a satisfactory history of soft contact lens wear for more than one year and is able to meet correction to 20/20 in one eye and no worse than 20/40 in the other eye, safety concerns are considered mitigated.
  • Must be able to successfully complete the Farnsworth D-15 color vision test and will be examined for the medical condition nyctalopia, also known as night blindness.
  • Ability to speak, communicate and write effectively in flawless English, using excellent grammar.
OTHER PHYSICAL JOB-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS - The following are the established "Essential Physical Job Requirements" required of a Civilian Evidence Technician:
  • Walking
  • Sit, squat, reach above head, bend, stoop and twist
  • Lifting and carrying heavy objects
  • Bending and reaching
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Typing for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and to pull, push or drag up to 25 pounds of materials and supplies.
  • The Civilian Evidence Technician is required to frequently sit, stand and/or walk, and occasionally run while performing the essential job functions.
  • The Civilian Evidence Technician may frequently work on irregular surfaces, rough terrain, climb stairs, ladders, ramps or higher elevations.

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Posted: August 31, 2017

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