Employment Opportunity

Police Property & Evidence Specialist

Santa Cruz Police Department, Santa Cruz, California

Salary: $3,427.01 - $5,315.99 Monthly

Final Filing Date: July 18, 2019

Under general supervision, to receive, load, transport, verify, store, record, safeguard, release and dispose of evidence and other property booked into Police Department and maintain related property records, and perform related work as required. The Police Property & Evidence Specialist handles a broad range of confidential and sensitive records, maintains the integrity and security of criminal evidence, including the handling of hazardous and bio-hazardous substances in a variety of containers and packaging.

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  • Receives, records, classifies, stores, safeguards and releases/returns money and property, including evidence recovered, found and received from police officers.
  • Receives, records, and processes narcotics, including legal disposal.
  • Operates police computer terminals to extract criminal history information.
  • Maintains files and records regarding property in custody and its disposition.
  • Follows up with detectives regarding release and disposal of evidential and recovered property.
  • Clears property/evidence for release/disposal by coordinating with investigating officer and prepares appropriate documentation.
  • Maintains chain-of-evidence records of evidential property and testifies in court concerning same.
  • Hand-carries evidence, narcotics and biological samples to the Department of Justice lab for analysis.
  • Researches, clears, and makes appropriate disposition of unclaimed and nonreturnable items.
  • Transports property to and from a warehouse and other storage locations.
  • May drive police vehicles on occasion as required.
  • Transport and deliver equipment and supplies as required.
  • May perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Exposure to variable temperatures, confined work spaces and heights; strong unpleasant odors, infectious bio-hazardous materials such as blood, urine and semen; dust, pollens, chemical irritants; toxic substances; individuals who may be hostile and abusive; evidence that may be disturbing such as homicide evidence.
  • Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy and bulky items.
  • Position requires the ability to drive motorized vehicles.


  • Basic office practices and methods, and computer equipment and applications.
  • Filing and record-keeping systems.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Effectively communicate with various people contacted as part of the assigned job.
  • Use computers for word processing and information storage and retrieval.
  • Maintain neat and accurate records.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Pass a background investigation.
Education and Experience - Any combination of education and experience that provides the above knowledge, skills, and abilities combined with any required licenses is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of the following:
  • High school graduation or tested equivalent;
  • And
  • One year of experience that has included substantial filing and recordkeeping responsibilities.
  • Possession at time of hire and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record.
  • General knowledge of Police work preferably supplemented by successful completion of college level courses in Police Science.
  • Knowledge of safe methods of handling, storing and safeguarding of property and materials, including hazardous materials.
  • Knowledge of computer terminal operations pertaining to police property and evidence.
  • Willingness and ability to perform call back or emergency work as required.
  • Maturity and stability to be able to handle a variety of properties including narcotics, valuable goods and merchandise, weapons and related.

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Posted: June 28, 2019

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