Employment Opportunity

Evidence Technician

Eureka Police Department, Eureka, California

Salary: $35,808.00 - $45,708.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: April 25, 2018

Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical support activities associated with the tracking, handling and safekeeping of evidence and found property for the Eureka 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.

Receives general supervision from assigned supervisory or management personnel. No direct supervision of staff is exercised.

This is an experienced-level classification and is responsible for a variety of technical duties related to the provision of non-sworn police services. Incumbents with well-developed technical and office support skills are expected to learn technical and specialized rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and activities related to the property, evidence and court liaison functions and to apply them independently. This class is distinguished from lower-level office support classes by the performance of difficult, technical, complex and/or specialized duties that require application of a larger base of technical knowledge and skill in addition to standard office support skills. This class is distinguished from Police Lieutenant in that the latter has management responsibility for a major division of the Police Department.

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  • Identifies, secures, processes, and documents crime scenes, including collecting and identifying physical evidence, establishing parameters, photographing and video-taping as required, processing for fingerprints, preparing scene sketches as required, and preparing a suspect composite sketch from witness testimony.
  • Receives property and evidence, documents the receipt, maintains the physical integrity and control and the chain of custody, and physically stores the property and evidence in the designated property and evidence room.
  • Processes items for fingerprint evidence and compares fingerprints to establish identification, including processing collected evidence items, comparing fingerprints to known individuals to confirm or reject as contributor, and inquiring, utilizing appropriate databases, to attempt identification of developed fingerprints when suspect is unknown.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Acts as liaison with the court and other offices requiring the transmission of documents and the coordination of criminal filings and court appearances; 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, brochures 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.


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 an Associate's degree public administration, criminal justice, or a related field,
  • Two (2) years experience in crime scene processing.
  • Valid California class C driver's license with satisfactory driving record may be required.
  • Successful completion of the California Department of Justice Evidence Course.
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 criminal evidence collection and analysis.
  • 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.
  • Conduct and interpret chemical analyses of possible controlled substances.
  • 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 primarily work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions; may occasionally be exposed to hazardous physical substances. Employees may also work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and with exposure to potentially hazardous or disagreeable situations. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

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Posted: April 12, 2018

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