Employment Opportunity

Evidence Technician

Tulare Police Department, Tulare, California

Salary: $48,641.64 - $59,124.36 Annually

Final Filing Date: March 25, 2018

Identifies, secures, processes, and documents crime scenes, including collecting and identifying physical evidence, photographing and video-taping as required, processing for finger and palm print impressions, and preparing scene sketches as required.

Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical support activities associated with the tracking, handling, and safekeeping of evidence and property for the Tulare Police Department, including maintaining the physical integrity and control of evidentiary items in the City's custody, data input, material cataloging, processing and disposal, and maintaining the chain of evidence; and performs related work as required.

This is a non-sworn classification responsible for a variety of technical duties related to the provision of evidence handling and preservation. Incumbents with well-developed technical and support skills are expected to learn technical and specialized rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and activities related to the property and evidence function and to apply them independently. This class is distinguished from the Senior Evidence Technician in that the latter has broader responsibility for training and oversight of assigned staff and performance of the most complex work within the function.

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  • Identifies, secures, processes, and documents crime scenes, including collecting and identifying physical evidence, photographing and video-taping as required, processing for finger and palm print impressions, and preparing scene sketches as required.
  • Receives property and evidence, documents the receipt, maintains the physical integrity and control and the chain of custody, and physically stores property and evidence in the designated property and evidence locations.
  • Prepares evidence for submittal to outside agencies or labs for analysis, including packaging, securing, and preserving evidence items, preparing required forms, and submitting forms with evidence to labs.
  • Coordinates with crime laboratories: determines and justifies which evidence to refer; prepares and transports evidence including weapons, narcotics, and biological specimens for analysis and processing by others.
  • Releases and purges property and evidence following appropriate federal, state, and local laws and regulations; prepares evidence and property for auction and/or disposal upon completion of court proceedings.
  • Initiates, organizes, updates, maintains, and controls access to complex filing systems and records, including highly sensitive case files.
  • May serve as an expert witness in court proceedings; prepares evidence for officers and investigators for court proceedings; maintains records and tracks such actions.
  • Releases property to the public; prepares the proper paperwork and prepares evidence for pick-up; completes the necessary reports and documentation of the release.
  • May receive and screen visitors and telephone calls; answers questions, distributes forms, and provides a variety of information requiring the use of judgment and the interpretation of laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Performs difficult, complex, technical and/or specialized office support work that requires the exercise of independent judgment, the application of technical skills, and a detailed knowledge of the activities and procedures specific to the Police Department.
  • Researches and assembles information from a variety of sources for the preparation of periodic and special reports or the completion of forms; uses spreadsheets and makes arithmetic and statistical calculations.
  • Prepares correspondence, reports, forms, receipts and specialized documents, such as letters to investigators, property claim letters to citizens, and other correspondence.
  • Provides training and technical assistance to co-workers, including providing instruction on proper evidence collection and maintenance techniques.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
  • Equivalent to the completion of twelfth (12th) grade and supplemental coursework in forensic science, criminology, or a related field, and two (2) years experience in crime scene processing.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License by time of appointment.
  • Must pass a detailed background investigation.
  • Successful completion of the California Department of Justice Evidence Course within two (2) years of appointment.
Knowledge of:
  • Current forensic methods and techniques used in the collection, analysis, evaluation, preservation, and presentation of physical evidence.
  • Techniques and procedures used in developing, collection, and analyzing fingerprint evidence.
  • Functions, terminology, services, and principles and practices of law enforcement work.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local codes, regulations, policies, technical processes and procedures, including penal, vehicle, and health and safety codes and regulations.
  • Techniques for records management and evidence processing, including records disbursement and chain of evidence procedures.
  • Methods used in the collection, tabulation, review, analysis, and distribution of evidence and property, forms, reports, and documents.
  • Modern still and video photography techniques and equipment.
  • Record keeping and filing principles and practices.
  • Business arithmetic and basic statistical techniques.
  • Basic biology, physics, anatomy, and chemistry.
  • Computer applications related to the work, including data tracking, word processing, and basic spreadsheet applications.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
Ability to:
  • Perform technical, detailed, and responsible law enforcement support work.
  • Conduct complex forensic evidence collection.
  • Photograph and videotape crime scenes, traffic collision scenes, and develop latent and patent fingerprints, tire tracks, and tool marks.
  • Prepare charts and detailed sketches of crime scenes.
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain rules, policies, codes, and procedures.
  • Prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Organize, research and maintain technical and administrative files.
  • Enter data into a computer system and prepare written materials with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform the work.
  • Make accurate arithmetic and statistical calculations.
  • File and maintain automated and hard copy records with speed and accuracy.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software programs, as well as a digital camera.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read written materials, a computer screen, and examine evidence; color vision to distinguish between evidence and property characteristics; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone and/or radio; This is primarily a sedentary office classification that requires extended periods of time of sitting; standing in work areas, and walking between work areas may also be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard, typewriter keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects necessary to perform job functions.
  • Employees work indoors and outdoors, and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical, and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures. Must be available to work holidays, weekends, and off-hours shifts including; may be required to work extended shifts in relief or emergency situations.

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Posted: March 6, 2018

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