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Crime Lab Evidence Technician

Texas Department of Public Safety, Amarillo, Texas

Salary: $3,836.16 - $4,673.16 per month

Final Filing Date: November 19, 2019

Performs advanced (senior-level) laboratory evidence technician duties to include receiving, storing, returning, and/or destroying crime evidence items according to court orders or to comply with applicable statutes and properly and accurately documenting transactions involving evidence receipt, disposition, inventory, and destruction. Assists laboratory personnel with inventory, disposition, and destruction of evidence stored in the laboratory vaults. May participate with laboratory personnel in preparing marijuana, pseudo drugs, and other controlled substances and training aids for Department canine operations. Transfers training aids to canine handlers and maintains records of all transactions. Handles the majority of supply and chemical ordering and maintains supply order records. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

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  • Keep laboratory vaults clean and orderly and assist laboratory personnel with evidence handling including receipt, storage, return, or destruction. Keep inventory of all evidence on laboratory computer.
  • Deliver evidence to court when needed and may testify in court as part of chain of custody.
  • May supervise the work of others.
  • Attend work regularly and observe approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Education -
  • High School Diploma/equivalent.
Experience –
  • Minimum of six (6) months progressively responsible experience in a business or laboratory environment recording data, bar coding items, conducting inventory, weighing materials, and receiving/filing samples for analysis or Minimum of six (6) months progressively responsible experience in a law enforcement environment, preferably handling evidence (receipt, destruction, inventory, etc.).
Substitution Note:
  • Successful completion of fifteen (15) hours or more of college coursework in Criminal Justice or Forensic Science.
Licensure and/or Certification -
  • Must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.
Regulatory Knowledge –
  • Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures related to laboratory operations.
Interpersonal Skills –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers.
Organizational and Prioritization Skills –
  • Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism.
Presentation/Communication Skills –
  • Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals.
Research and Comprehension –
  • Must demonstrate ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.
Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.
Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) –
  • Must possess appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Confidentiality and Protected Information –
  • Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations, and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.
Safety –
  • Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.
PHYSICAL and/or ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS - The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Environment: Office;
  • Ambulatory skills, e.g. stand, walk, sit;
  • Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;
  • Ability to speak, hear, and exercise visual acuity;
  • Ability to transfer weights of forty (40) pounds anticipated for this position;
  • Driving requirements: Occasional, five percent (5%).

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Posted: November 5, 2019

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