Employment Opportunity

Police Service Specialist I

Tumwater Police Department, Tumwater, Washington

Salary: $4,160.00 - $5,068.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: February 17, 2019

As a non-commissioned staff position, performs complex, specialized administrative support to the Tumwater Police Department and the public. Specialty functions may include managing found property and evidence room, confidential police records, managing complex public records requests.

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Evidence Specialty:
  • Accepts, records, and stores all property and evidence taken into custody by police department personnel.
  • Maintains accurate records of all property and evidence taken into custody.
  • Assumes responsibility for the care and legal preservation of all property/evidence under his/her control.
  • Educates and advises department members on proper handling and packaging of property/evidence placed in police custody.
  • Evaluates the storage requirements of all property and stores it in the most appropriate area and manner.
  • Retrieves property/evidence as required for court or review or for return to rightful owner.
  • Assures all evidence sheets are properly completed.
  • Completes lab requests for latent, AFIS, WSP crime labs.
  • Conducts file inquires on computer and research to assure proper disposition of evidence.
  • Maintains a legally sufficient chain of evidence tracking system.
  • Researches ownership of found property.
  • Disposes of property/evidence by returning it to the owner, destruction, or auction upon case clearance in accordance with laws, ordinances, rules and procedures.
  • Packages and arranges for transportation of evidence to appropriate laboratories for analysis.
  • Transfers money from safe to general fund, seizure fund when appropriate.
  • Maintains and orders evidence packing material and patrol supplies.
  • Maintains the evidence room in an orderly fashion so that items of property/evidence can be easily located and periodically audited.
  • Maintains property and evidence records, collects necessary data, prepares reports, and completes forms as assigned.
  • Controls and properly disposes of all biohazard waste.
  • May assist investigators with crime scene processing.
  • Drives City vehicle to deliver or process evidence.
Essential Job Duties:
  • Provides technical and policy information to both internal and external customers by phone and in person; resolves discrepancies, complaints and other issues requiring interpretation of unique, detailed and complex procedures and applicable government rules and regulations.
  • Performs the recording, storage, record keeping, computer entry, security, and destruction of records and materials submitted by police department personnel according to departmental policy and procedure, established retention schedules and other applicable regulations.
  • Prepares correspondence, forms, and reports from copy, rough draft, transcription machine or oral instruction; proofreads documents for typing and format errors; composes original documents for own signature or for approval and signature of others.
  • Receives and screens telephone calls and visitors; answers questions using considerable knowledge of department operations, schedules and plans, referring items of specific or technical nature to the appropriate person and/or providing direct responses as appropriate; and makes appointments.
  • Keeps department manager and department staff informed of significant and important matters requiring review or action; obtains information from personnel as directed, relays assignments, calls attention to deadlines and obtains progress reports. Contacts officials or customers to update work progress and arrange for schedule adjustments.
  • Fingerprints applicants for various licenses, criminal checks and/or employment.
  • Maintains and organizes correspondence, project and special files, ensuring confidentiality where required.
  • Assembles and summarizes data for department manager, preparing various reports where required. May prepare reports or data for city budget processes or at the request of city officials.
  • Maintains records of departmental and/or project expenditures; may code expenditures for supervisor's signature; may monitor and assume signature authority for assigned portions of department budget.
  • Orders, stocks, and maintains miscellaneous department supplies as directed.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service.
  • Strictly maintains confidentiality requirements of the Police Department.
  • Performs other essential and supplemental duties as required.


  • Extensive knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment; business English and letter writing; filing systems; punctuation and spelling; and arithmetic calculations. Requires thorough knowledge of police department work practices and procedures; State and Federal firearms laws and regulations; Washington State Public Records Act; and the City's public records disclosure procedures. Evidence Specialty: requires thorough knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances and departmental policies for the proper handling and disposal of property and evidence.
  • Advanced skills utilizing police database records management preferred.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office machines rapidly and accurately; understand and reliably communicate information about department operations, schedules and plans; prepare and/or compose a variety of correspondence and reports; enter text and data into computers with a high degree of speed and efficiency; establish and maintain a variety of files; read and compare words and figures accurately and efficiently; and maintain effective, courteous and tactful public relations with the general public and fellow employees. Ability to understand and follow complex verbal and written instructions; plan and organize work; and perform the essential functions of the position.
Minimum qualifications:
  • High school graduation or GED certification plus three years of responsible clerical and/or administrative experience within police department. One year of college or business school course work may be substituted for one year of experience, or any other equivalent combination of experience and training.
Working Conditions:
  • Positions in this class require regular attendance and are located in various office settings. Normal working conditions include repeated keyboard operations, long periods of sitting at a defined work station, working at service counters, occasional lifting of objects up to 30 lbs, movement within a building and exposure to numerous, distractions, noises and interruptions. Evidence work is performed primarily in a clean, enclosed, climate-controlled workspace with evidence and testing equipment.

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Posted: January 18, 2018

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