Employment Opportunity


Police Evidence Specialist

Eugene Police Department, Eugene, Oregon

Salary: $45,635.20 - $58,468.80 Annually

Final Filing Date: November 13, 2019

Joining the Eugene Police Department will give you the opportunity to be part of a progressive, professional law enforcement agency that serves a city of more than 156,000 residents. In a typical day, Eugene Police Officers are dispatched to about 275 calls for service (100,000 calls each year) which results in approximately 17,000 items of property/evidence (excluding digital evidence) that the Evidence Control Unit is responsible for from intake to disposition of the property. EPD staff members also engage in proactive community education and crime-prevention activities to help protect all of Eugene's residents.

Evidence Specialist are currently working a 4/10 work schedule (that includes holidays). Evidence Specialists are subject to call-out (overtime) after hours, that may include nights, weekends and holidays.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Receives, inventories, stores and disposes of stolen, abandoned and found property, including diverse personal property items, computers, firearms, jewelry and money; a variety of crime scene materials collected for analysis and/or evidence, which may include property listed previously as well as hazardous materials such as medical/biological waste, illegal drugs, computers or pharmaceuticals, blood, semen, urine, or clothing, marijuana and marijuana plants which may contain pathogenic mold.
  • Ensures that property and evidence is secure from theft, loss or contamination.
  • Maintains accurate manual and automated inventory systems and records of all property and evidence; properly marks, tags, and packages evidence and property as required.
  • May retrieve and transport evidence from crime scene; transports evidence to state laboratory for analysis as required.
  • Responsible for safe storage of evidence and for ensuring that chain of custody is clearly preserved whenever evidence is received or is removed from property room.
  • May assist detectives and/or officers with showing and identifying evidence in court; may testify as to chain of custody, policy and procedures.
  • Determines ownership of property or evidence by checking police reports, law enforcement computer systems and other public records.
  • Works directly with the public, both on the telephone and in person, answering questions about evidence being held and lost property.
  • Maintain clean and orderly property storage facilities.
  • Evaluates public request for release of evidence and property; checks that case is completed or statute of limitations have run out before releasing property; checks for outstanding warrants and whether release has been authorized, before releasing property; photographs property and evidence used in criminal cases before releasing it to owners.
  • Checks case reports for authorization to dispose of evidence and property; assists in the disposal of evidence and unclaimed property through various disposal processes or auctions; purges items from inventory records.
  • Stays abreast of local, state and federal laws involving property-evidence handling and recommend appropriate changes.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Department personnel and the general public.
  • Actively supports and respects diversity in the workplace.
  • May supervise volunteers.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Requirements:

Knowledge of:
  • Methods and procedures used in receiving and storing property.
  • Departmental policies and procedures as applied to property and evidence storage as well as confidentiality.
  • Applicable City, State and federal laws and statutes covering evidence and property, including disposal, statute of limitation, State finders law.
  • General court systems process and use of evidence.
  • Maintaining organized records, inventories, and tracking systems.
  • Police computer systems and other computer programs.
  • Proper handling of sensitive and dangerous evidence, such as drugs and firearms.
  • Proper handling of sensitive and dangerous evidence.
Ability to:
  • Properly store criminal evidence and property.
  • Follow proper procedures to preserve and maintain custody of evidence, and to maintain accurate records.
  • Ensure proper disposition of evidence/property.
  • Handle confidential matters.
  • Explain department and city ordinances/procedures as to property releases, evidence, found property and disposals.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Work effectively with police professionals and the public.
  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Use on-line police computer systems.
  • Operate a variety of business machines, such as computers, Audio/Visual (A/V) duplication equipment including audio cassette, VHS, 8mm, CD & DVD and other digital equipment, copier, scales, etc.
  • Operate property/evidence vehicle.
  • Simultaneously handle numerous inquiries or requests.
  • Photograph property/evidence prior to release or for court purposes.
  • Maintain physical agility to stock, lift, and retrieve evidence or property.
  • Maintain safe working environment.
  • Pass a police background investigation.
  • No felony convictions at any time
  • No Class "A" misdemeanors within the last 24 months.
Experience and Training Guidelines - Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • High school diploma or G.E.D., with additional training in law enforcement and/or property and evidence management.
  • Two years experience as an inventory clerk, property management, warehousing or computerized record management.
  • Experience with storing police evidence is desirable.
  • Or any combination of experience and training that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skill and abilities as listed, and the ability to perform the examples of work.
License and Certificate:
  • Valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).
  • LEDS certification is preferred, but not required.
Physical Requirements:
  • Medium work: Exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently.
  • Perform tasks that may require the incumbent to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, and lift, manual dexterity, repetitive motions, grasping and feeling, with or without accommodations.
  • Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Work is generally performed in an office, working with telephones, computers, changing priorities, interruptions, and assisting citizens at the counter and over the telephone, including working with individuals who are upset and with situations involving unpleasant circumstances.
  • Work is occasionally performed outside, including travel from site to site, which may include exposure to all typical weather conditions and at times inclement weather.
  • Visual acuity necessary to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and operate motor vehicles.

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Posted: October 31, 2019

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