Employment Opportunity

Property and Evidence Technician

San Luis Police Department, San Luis, Arizona

Salary: $27,872.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Under the general supervision of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), performs tasks in a wide range of situations in law enforcement fieldwork not requiring peace officer status. To support and assist police officer and other department personnel and to collect, preserve, process and document evidence collected at crime scenes.

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  • Responds to calls for service of crime scene processing as directed by the CID Supervisor or Detectives.
  • Receives, packages, documents, and stores evidence or found items submitted by police officers.
  • Researches cases for court dispositions or supplemental police reports and advises on the disposal of evidence.
  • Properly disposes of and documents evidence that is no longer needed.
  • Returns evidence or found property to lawful owners.
  • Deposits and documents currency submitted by officers into City of San Luis General Fund Account and documenting such transaction.
  • Processes evidence for a wide variety of crime scenes such as homicides, suicides, officer involved shootings, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and suspicious, natural and accidental death scenes.
  • Maintains manual and computerized records including evidence custody documents, chain of custody documents, property receipts, property control files, and related reports.
  • Transports materials, documents, and victims including children.
  • Inspects, orders, and maintains authorized department equipment/supplies that are used for processing crime scenes and/or gathering evidence.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • Functions of a municipal law enforcement agency.
  • Department regulations and procedures relative to the processing, retention and disposal of evidence.
  • Laws regarding the disposal of certain items of evidence (e.g., firearms, bio-hazard evidence, sexual assault kits, unsolved homicide evidence).
  • Statute of limitations for crimes.
  • Maintaining clean working environment to avoid cross contamination of evidence.
  • City ordinances, city codes, and courtroom protocol and procedures.
Ability to:
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Comply with state and federal regulations.
  • Perform Crime Information Bureau (CIB) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) transactions in accordance with the law.
  • Collect, process, and document evidence and fingerprints; complete accurate and complex sketches of crime scenes; learn, utilize and stay current with evidence collection techniques and equipment.
  • Recall facts in order to testify in court.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor during stressful situations.
  • Learn, understand, and interpret laws, rules, regulations and policies.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Understand and follow safety procedures; and use a laptop computer and a personal computer to write reports and retrieve information.
  • Enter and maintain all information received, as required and directed, into the Records Management System (RMS).
  • Exercise good judgement in reviewing case records to determine disposition of accumulated evidence.
  • Organize and place property, evidence, and documents in descending order.
  • Coordinate with other law enforcement agencies in the development of procedures for disposition of property.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Physical Demands
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and perform repetitive movements of hands or wrists. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 50 pounds unaided.
    • Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Mental Demands
    • While performing the duties of this class, an employee uses written and oral communication skills; reads and interprets data, information and documents; analyzes and solves problems; uses math and mathematical reasoning; performs highly detailed work; deals with multiple concurrent tasks; and interacts with others encountered in the course of work, including frequent contact with customers and/or the public and dissatisfied/abusive individuals.
Work Environment:
  • The employee works in an office environment where the noise level is usually quiet.
  • Certain positions within the classification may require availability to work flexible schedule.
Education, Training and Experience:
  • Former law enforcement officer or two (2) years of experience in a non-sworn capacity with a municipal police agency with frequent public contact equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by course work or specialized training in Police Science, Administration of Justice, or evidence collection.
  • Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.
  • A valid driver license is required at the time of application. A valid Arizona driver license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.
Special Requirements:
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Residency within 25 miles of San Luis and within the US required, San Luis residency preferred.
  • Must have the ability to pass an extensive background check including polygraph examination.

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Posted: December 28, 2017

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