Employment Opportunity


Identification Technician/ Evidence Clerk

Big Spring Police Department, Big Spring, Texas

Salary: $40,210.56 Annually

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This position is responsible for recovering and storing evidence from crime scenes.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more

Duties:

  • Conducts crime scene searches; receives, categorizes, stores and maintains custody of a wide variety of evidence, property, weapons and other items in accordance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Exercises independent judgment and initiative and performs duties assigned with a minimum of direction and supervision maintaining integrity of evidence stored.
  • Assists with or provides for the transportation of weapons, sexual assault kits, urine samples and other evidence for physical analysis and/or court proceedings.
  • Photographs crime scenes, lifts and classifies fingerprints, makes composites, compares and classifies fingerprints.
  • Maintains custody of seized firearms, prepares requests regarding the stolen status and ownership of seized firearms and places firearms and other weapons in secured lockers.
  • Release evidence and property to the Crime Lab and to sworn staff for court purposes, rightful owners upon authorization and to contract vendors for auction purposes.
  • Maintains comprehensive records related to evidence and property; writes thorough and accurate case reports.
  • Thoroughly documents property intake and release maintaining integrity of property within the Identification division of the department.
  • Uses a computer and applicable software to enter and maintain data and produce a variety of correspondence and reports.
  • Attends court sessions and testifies as required. Collect and prepare evidence, reports, or recordings for court purposes.
  • Attend autopsies as needed.
  • Fingerprint and take images of sex offenders.
  • Fingerprint and take images of applicants for alcohol and other licensing, as well as job applicants.
  • Selects released property for disposal or auction; contacts contract auctioneer; provides for the transfer of property into the auction process and coordinates the resulting deposit of funds.
  • Directs or provides for the transportation of items to and from City storage facilities and/or labs.
  • Assist other agencies when requested.
  • Attend continuing education classes.
  • Remains on call rotation for a period of one week at a time. Assist on-call tech when needed.
  • Respond to inquiries and requests from department staff, law enforcement agencies and others.
  • Communicates with property owners, victims, vendors and court and legal representatives regarding property and evidence questions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Completion of a computer skills test PRIOR to submitting application. Applicants must submit results of Skills Testing with Application for Employment. Skills test can be taken at the Texas Workforce Commission located at Howard College, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Suite 106, Big Spring, Texas 79720 (next door to Howard Cottage day care).
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license issued by the State of Texas.
  • A polygraph exam will be conducted on all applicants under final consideration for this position.
Supplemental information
  • Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of techniques and methods for processing crime scenes and maintaining records of physical evidence.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, city ordinances, and any other laws relating to the duties assigned.
  • Knowledge of city, departmental and safety policies and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing and decision making.
  • Skill in maintaining records and preparing reports.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in the use of modern office equipment and crime scene equipment to include computer, and police software, digital camera, fingerprint powders and brushes, metal detector, and evidence vacuum.
  • Lifts and carries a variety of property, evidence and other items weighing up to 50 pounds.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: November 14, 2019

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