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Property Manager & Evidence Technician

Waupaca County Sheriff's Office, Waupaca, Wisconsin

Salary: $20.90 - $26.88 Hourly

Final Filing Date: February 21, 2020

As a function of the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office this position is a non-represented, civilian (non-sworn) position. This person performs complex gathering, analysis and preservation techniques on evidence connected with criminal activity in Waupaca County. This individual should possess effective skills and abilities in evidence gathering and preservations, some knowledge of judicial system as it pertains to preservation of evidence, the ability to identify and secure evidence, logical thinking in the linking of evidence to criminal activities, and an ability to properly re-create and display evidence gathered for presentations.

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Duties:

  • Independently manage the Sheriff's Office's property/evidence computerized database, to include receipt, documentation, accountability, storage, security, and final disposition of all property and evidence recovered by the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office.
  • Maintain detailed and current database records concerning the status of evidence and recovered property.
  • Preserve the evidentiary chain of custody critical to successful prosecution.
  • Receive, label, store, and document evidence and recovered property seized or retained by the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office.
  • Identify, collect, package, and label evidence (i.e., lift fingerprints, blood samples, etc.) from search warrants and crime scenes.
  • Empty and catalog items left in the evidence lockers by officers.
  • Independently determine, from knowledge and experience, the appropriate storage location to ensure security and integrity of property/evidence (i.e. refrigerator, freezer, main property room, basement property room, the M.E.G., etc.)
  • Assist with search warrants by taking photos to document the location of where evidence is found.
  • Photograph death scenes, overall body pictures, and autopsies to document the process.
  • Assist in photographing and collection of evidence from scenes in the field.
  • Analyze, sort and preserve evidence from search warrants and crime scenes.
  • Process recovered evidence, such as lifting and photographing latent fingerprints and collecting DNA from evidentiary items.
  • Perform laboratory examinations of evidence, including specialized processing involving physical, chemical, and digital methods and maintains accountability for activity in the crime lab.
  • Prepare photo logs, crime scene worksheets, and other reports – both verbal court presentations and written documentation – regarding evidence gathered. Reports may include narratives, diagrams, fingerprints, actual articles discovered, etc.
  • Prepare evidence and exhibits for court.
  • Process digital photos, video, and audio recordings, then organize, fill, and inventory pictures as evidence to document crimes.
  • Prepare, receive, and review property/evidence disposition sheets and evaluate requests from officers prior to release, destruction, or sale of property/evidence.
  • Coordinate the proper release of evidence to rightful owner, where appropriate, including setting up the appointment and making the actual return.
  • Properly execute retention, return, destruction, or sale of property, according to State and Federal law, court orders, and department police, after case disposition.
  • Ability to examine and evaluate acts, events, and other information and draw valid conclusions, logical thinking in the linking of evidence to criminal activities.
  • Assist officers with fingerprinting where appropriate and necessary.
  • Attend internal briefings held during complex investigations.
  • Produce castings and comparative photographs of footprints, tire tracks, and other impressions.
  • Search for and develop latent fingerprints at crime scenes, from logged in evidence, and deceased individuals.
  • Keep abreast of current technology and evaluate the potential benefits of implementing technology to improve the overall level of service thereby facilitating solving crimes.
  • Maintain regular punctual and reliable attendance, ability to work overtime and extra hours as required, including call-ins as required.
Other Job Functions:
  • Operate evidence gathering equipment, which includes but is not limited to; video camera, ultra-violet lighting, scales, test kits, etc.
  • Provide timely and thorough responses to discovery and public records requests.
  • Communicate with Wisconsin State Crime Labs, other approved laboratories, and/or other law enforcement agencies regarding the transmittal and receipt of evidence.
  • Fill out necessary forms, itemize, individually package, and mail evidence to crime labs for analysis, and inventory evidence when it is returned.
  • Arrange for or transport evidence to the State Crime Labs or other approved laboratory.
  • Inspect, order, maintain, and stock department equipment/supplies used for processing and packaging property and evidence (within budgetary limitations)
  • Keep the Crime Scene Unit stocked with materials to collect evidence for self and other officers to use.
  • Offer credible testimony at a trial or hearing regarding the specifics of evidence that was gathered, photographed, processed, packaged, labeled, and/or stored by the department.
  • Read manuals, correspondence, investigative reports, follow-up reports, policies, court papers and any other job-related documents relevant to the requirements of the position.
  • Successfully complete any training for crime technology, scene management, video/photo operations, using U.V. and I.R. and alternate light sources, etc. as directed by the Sheriff and/or the Detective Captain.
  • Perform other functions as required or assigned.

Requirements:

Qualifications
  • Possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license with a good driving record.
  • Candidate shall be a minimum of 19 years of age and a U.S. citizen.
  • Must never have been convicted of a federal felony or any offense which is committed in Wisconsin could be punished as a felony, unless the applicant has been granted an absolute and unconditional pardon.
  • Residency must be within a reasonable response time per the discretion of the Sheriff.
Education:
  • Possess an associate's degree or appropriate certificate or 60 college credits.
Experience:
  • This position requires 1-2 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, court cases relating to job functions such as laws of arrest, search and seizure, the handling of evidence, and the other relevant practices.
  • Knowledge of departmental rules of conduct, regulations and policies.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain thorough and accurate records.
  • Knowledge of crime scene management.
  • Knowledge of current methods and procedures used in the preservation of evidence.
  • Ability to deal effectively and communicate efficiently with victims, suspects, and family members of each.
  • Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with department personnel, other law enforcement and government agencies, crime labs, and district attorneys.
  • Ability to communicate in writing in a clear, accurate and concise manner.
  • Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports of investigations, offenses, arrests, special projects, and other activities.
  • Ability to work independently of direct supervision, in an effective and efficient manner with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to plan and schedule your own work to meet time constraints and changing priorities.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in the release of information.
  • Skill to operate and maneuver equipment requiring simple but continuous adjustments, including, but not limited to a vehicle, electro-static lifting equipment, alternate light sources, scales, fuming equipment, casting materials, computer terminal, camera, sensitive crime kits, drug test kits, Crime Scene Unit equipment, etc.
  • Skill in the operation of various department computer systems.
  • Ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet, and limbs in performing semi-skilled movements, including, but not limited to low and medium lifting, low carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, reaching, balancing, stretching, bending, crawling, kneeling, and crouching.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.

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Posted: February 6, 2020

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