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Property and Evidence Technician

Rialto Police Department, Rialto, California

Salary: $42,900.00 - $57,480.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 27, 2020

Under general supervision, receives, stores, and disposes of evidence and property taken into custody by the Police Department; follows established procedures to maintain and validate Chain of Custody of all items of evidence; ensures hazardous items and substances are stored properly in accordance with department procedures and applicable federal and state regulations; and performs related duties as assigned.

A Property and Evidence Technician is distinguished by its primary responsibility for evidence and property storage, documentation, and chain of custody for the Police Department. It differs from the Law Enforcement Technician by the latter's primary responsibility for a whole variety of technical support work. Employees in this class typically report to a Captain, Lieutenant or Sergeant.

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  • Receives, stores, retrieves, inventories, and maintains custody of evidence and other property in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Releases evidence and property to officers, detectives, district attorneys, and rightful owners upon authorization or to periodic auctions as directed; packages and ships evidence and property.
  • Receives and returns stolen/recovered firearms to other public agencies; arranges destruction of firearms.
  • Maintains detailed records of chain of custody of all evidence.
  • Enters and maintains evidence and property data in computer; maintains current status and location of evidence and property; maintains files and records regarding evidence and property and its disposition.
  • Disposes of evidence as directed; researches and processes unclaimed and non-returnable items.
  • Prepares and records articles for periodic auctions.
  • Conducts audits of property and evidence records; arranges and lays out storage of property.
  • Responds to inquiries from the public regarding property custody.
  • Maintains adequate supplies of necessary materials; contacts vendors regarding purchase of materials and equipment; orders supplies and maintains records of related transactions.
  • Receives, releases, records, deposits, and balances cash held in custody.
  • Trains assigned staff; develops standards and procedures for property receipt, storage, issuance, and custody.
  • Prepares blood, urine, and/or narcotics for lab work.
  • Duplicates audio and/or video recordings.
  • Operates forklift to transport physical evidence, storage containers, palettes, and other materials.
  • May testify in court regarding chain of custody.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES - Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Education, Training and Experience:
    • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade; an Associate's Degree or certification in criminalistics, evidence, report writing and courtroom testimony is highly desired.
    • Three years of support work in a law enforcement agency.
    • Experience in receiving, cataloging, storing, releasing and disposing of evidence and property in a law enforcement agency is desirable.
  • Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
    • A valid California Class C driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City's vehicle insurance program.
    • A Certification as a Property and Evidence Specialist from the International Association for Property & Evidence (IAPE), or equivalent course work at a recognized college or university is highly desirable.
Knowledge of:
  • Operations, services and functions of a municipal police department serving a large community.
  • Technical and administrative methods of law enforcement including identification, care and custody of property.
  • Methods and techniques of evidence collection and preservation.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing evidence chain of custody and firearm handling and disposal.
  • Inventory processes and related internal controls.
  • Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.
  • Records management, recordkeeping, filing and basic purchasing practices and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication; correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Uses and operations of computers, standard business software and specialized database and spreadsheet applications.
Ability to:
  • Perform evidence and property control duties with a high degree of accuracy and safety.
  • Ensure application of pertinent federal, state, and local laws governing acceptance, storing, and release of evidence and firearms.
  • Interpret and apply departmental policies and procedures related to work assignment.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from the public.
  • Provide assistance in processing and maintaining evidence and property.
  • Prepare requisitions for unit supplies, maintains supply inventory in computer system, and determines replacement or re-stocking needs, picks up unit supplies as needed.
  • Operate a computer, standard business software and a variety of computer software programs and databases related to area of assignment.
  • Reach sound decisions in accordance with City policies and procedures.
  • Prepare clear and accurate reports, documents, data entries and files.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

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Posted: January 7, 2020

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