Employment Opportunity

Evidence Technician

Goose Creek Police Department, Goose Creek, South Carolina

Salary: $29,000 - $43,000 a year

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This position is responsible for conducting crime scene investigations to locate, preserve, collect, document and maintain evidence for the Police department. The incumbent must be able to work rotating 8-hour day/evening shifts, Monday to Friday with the ability to respond to callouts on nights, weekends and holidays as required.

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  • Maintains chain of custody as prescribed by SC State Law and the Police Department's Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain NCIC certification.
  • Enters and secures property and evidence for the Police Department.
  • Photograph and video tape crime scenes utilizing a digital SLR camera and digital video camera.
  • Locate, develop and collect latent, patent and plastic fingerprints at crime scenes using powders, chemicals, photographic techniques and alternate light sources.
  • Locate, identify, preserve and collect items likely to contain and yield DNA evidence.
  • Prepare detailed crime scene response reports to document observations and findings.
  • Prepare detailed hand drawn or computer aided crime scene sketches to record all evidence locations and reference points.
  • Testify in court proceedings on the methods and procedures utilized at crime scenes and evidence obtained during the process.
  • Preserve, maintain and secure collected and submitted evidence in the evidence facility.
  • Process, log and file evidence and property control forms.
  • Safeguard the integrity and chain of custody of all submitted property from initial submission to final disposition.
  • Enter case and property information into the property module database.
  • Package, document and transport evidence to and from court, the SLED Forensic Laboratory or other authorized locations.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public regarding property being maintained by the department.
  • Provides information and assistance regarding the status of case evidence.
  • Operates and applies advanced knowledge about chemical reagents and complex equipment on crime scenes.
  • Orders property room and crime scene processing supplies.
  • Maintains skills by attending training seminars and classes.
  • Implements changes to or develop new procedures where required by newly passed laws or as improvements to outdated procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • An Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Three (3) years of experience in evidence/crime scene processing or related field. Law enforcement experience is preferred.
  • Any combination of education and relevant experience totaling four (4) years may be considered.
  • Valid South Carolina Driver's License.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and procedures used in crime scene investigation and property and evidence maintenance and storage.
  • Working knowledge of Federal, State and local laws as they apply to crime scene investigation, chain of custody and evidentiary property.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with peers, supervisors, members of external agencies and the public.
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability to handle confidential information and display discretion and integrity in the performance of duties to maintain credibility of the individual and the department.
  • Knowledge of personal protective equipment while working with contaminated or hazardous waste materials.
  • Knowledge of the rules and laws regarding property and evidence to include the preservation and collection of evidence.
  • Knowledge of the geographic layout of the City.
  • Knowledge of court procedures, introduction of evidence, rules of evidence and testimony and applicable laws.
  • Skill in the operation of the tools used in the collection and processing of evidence.
  • Ability to use a digital and video camera to include a good understanding of digital photography and video recordings.
  • Ability to prepare detailed and factual reports.
  • Ability to use computers and various software programs, to include Word and Excel.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • The work is medium and requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force regularly and up to 75 pounds occasionally to move, push or drag objects.
  • Candidates must have the following physical abilities: balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, feeling, fingering, grasping, handling, hearing, kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity, and walking for extended periods of time as necessary.
  • The work is performed in an office setting and frequently in the field, exposed to the outdoors in inclement weather.
  • The employee may be exposed to hazardous situations.
  • The work requires the use of protective devices.
  • The incumbent must have the ability to work under stressful conditions and in adverse weather for extended periods of time.

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Posted: December 5, 2019

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