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Evidence Tech

Travis County Sheriff's Office, Austin, Texas

Salary: $42,382.08 - $52,977.60 Annually

Final Filing Date: June 12, 2018

Under general direction, performs daily activities and operations within the Evidence Management unit in support of the Travis County Sheriff's Office Crime Lab and Law Enforcement Division. Evidence Management activities include TCSO's Property Room and multiple temporary secured drop locations for the intake, storage, and final disposition of evidence in accordance with the Criminal Code of Procedure.

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  • Performs all Evidence Management Operations of Evidence Warehouse and any operations and maintenance of secure drop locations.
  • Organizes Evidence Warehouse and assigns evidence to proper locations. Maintains consumable stocked items. Performs semi-annual audits, ongoing inventories of evidence and routine inspections of facilities.
  • Maintains reliable systems and verifies that evidence is electronically cataloged upon its acceptance and entry into the records management system with an estimated disposition date. Reviews submission lists periodically in an effort to ensure earliest possible case dispositions.
  • Maintains strict protocols on found property and assigns detectives to cases needing assistance to find owners and to get dispositions quickly.
  • Ensures that packaging standards are met in accordance with established procedures and provides periodic packaging training to Law Enforcement Personnel.
  • Picks up and transports evidence from specific drop locations, hospitals and Medical Examiner's Office as required to the Evidence Warehouse. Makes routine drops offs and pick-ups as needed for evidence to/from the Department of Public Safety.
  • Performs periodic inventories and audits of all Warehouse items of evidence and found property. Tracks all seized and forfeited property for the County Auditor's Office in addition to any other official audit requirements.
  • Performs training for TCSO staff, to include any training that provides certification within the discipline of Evidence Management.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
  • High School diploma or G.E.D. AND three (3) years of experience in Law Enforcement Science or in a field related to the job.
  • OR
  • Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.
Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
  • Valid Texas Driver's License.
  • Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in Law Enforcement Science or in a field related to the job, plus two (2) years of experience in a Law Enforcement/Forensic Science environment, or warehousing/inventory control environment.
  • Possess and demonstrates data analysis skills/problem solving/and the ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Experience in training personnel. Experience creating and maintaining standard operating procedures, technical manuals and continuity manuals.
  • Experience and/or training in quality assurance, auditing of evidence or stock inventories.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Knowledge of:
  • Law enforcement practices and procedures.
  • State and County policy, procedure, statutes and ordinances.
  • Rules of criminal and civil procedures.
  • Various legal instruments and terminology.
  • Evidence collection procedures.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
Skill in:
  • Communicating effectively with public, victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers and others involved in criminal proceedings.
  • Researching criminal histories.
  • Documenting trends in criminal activities and other patterns related to solving cases.
  • Performing administrative duties, such as typing reports and updating files.
  • Operating a variety of modern office equipment, including a computer.
  • Both verbal and written communication.
Ability to:
  • Use independent judgment regarding release of confidential information.
  • Serve as a witness, as required.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers, judges, attorneys, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public.
  • Load and unload firearms.
  • Handle prescription and illegal drugs.
  • Work around and use a high temperature incinerator.
Work Environment & Other Information
  • Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 20-50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment.
  • Ability to repeatedly climb up and down a ten foot safety ladder.
  • Subject to extreme heat and cold conditions in an outdoor warehouse.
  • Subject to sitting, client/customer contact, standing, walking, vision to monitor, repetitive motion, stooping/kneeling, squatting, bending, and considerable time on telephone to perform the essential functions.
  • Some exposure to biohazard and other hazardous chemical materials.

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Posted: May 29, 2018

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