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Crime Scene Evidence Technician

Sebastian Police Department, Sebastian, Florida

Salary: $16.19 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

The City of Sebastian is accepting applications for the position of Part Time Crime Scene Evidence Technician.

Maintains storage areas, ensuring secure, proper and orderly storage of property and evidence according to established policies, procedures and filing systems. Responds to crime scenes to process, photograph, collect and preserve evidence. Conducts in-service training sessions for department personnel in the handling and preservation of physical evidence. Under general supervision, performs technical and administrative work, in support of City Police Department. Duties assigned to employees in the position may vary slightly according to specific needs of the department and/or allocation of work load Evidence Technician performs other related work as required. The listed duties are only illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this job class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. Assists other unit personnel in supporting efficient functioning of the work unit.

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Duties:

  • Identifies, collects, processes, and preserves crime scene and accident evidence to aid in criminal and civil prosecutions; identifies, collects, secures, and takes legal custody of fingerprints, fluids, fibers, tracks and other trace evidence; duties may vary according to job assignment. Schedule: All hours and days, not just work times and days.
  • Responds to calls for service and processes crime scenes. Must be knowledgeable in the use of photographic equipment in the processing of crime scenes.
  • Thoroughly documents crime scene details using specific techniques and procedures, and specialized technical equipment; photographs and measures the crime scene, documenting the location of all evidence, and other important objects and details.
  • Photographs evidence, persons, collateral areas, and secondary scenes; collects surveillance videos from ancillary sites for supporting documentation; processes and converts digital media.
  • Collects, develops, preserves, compares, classifies and files latent fingerprints.
  • Writes detailed crime scene and photo log reports, activity logs, case files and technical reports.
  • Receives and maintains secure custody of evidence, ensuring property received matches associated records;
  • Assists Police Officers and other officials, as necessary, to ensure proper and timely completion of paperwork pertaining to evidence processing and storage;
  • Organizes and catalogs evidence and property, and prepares and maintains related computer records; prepares back-up computer records.
  • Operates a variety of office equipment such as a computer, scanner, telephone, fax, and copier; Ability to understand and use a variety of software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook or other system software.
  • Maintains written and computer records cataloging items held as evidence, confiscated property, or abandoned property, bicycle impound lot, and maintains knowledge of status regarding court cases and disposal or destruction dates;
  • Prepares and submits evidence for laboratory analysis, preparing associated paperwork and transporting items to appropriate laboratories; receives evidence from laboratories.
  • Obtains evidence destruction orders and coordinates with officers assigned to have evidence destroyed; processes items, City surplus property auctions, for re-use by Police Department, Finance Department, or property owners, as appropriate.
  • Conducts FCIC/NCIC warrant and Criminal History checks prior to returning firearms to owner.
  • Assembles and organizes evidence for presentation in court; attends court and presents evidence and testimony pertaining to evidentiary process.
  • Signs out evidence to Department personnel, attorneys, court personnel, etc., as appropriate, and ensures proper and timely return.
  • Assists other City of Sebastian personnel, other law enforcement and multi-jurisdictional agencies to utilize forensic evidence to identify criminal activity and resolve criminal cases.

Requirements:

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills - The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties:
  • Knowledge of evidentiary procedures.
  • Ability to enter evidence in RMS and tracking procedures.
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to evidence requests.
  • Ability to use proper spelling, grammar and format for all correspondence. Desired Traits:
  • Be a knowledgeable worker
  • Customer focused
  • Be one who values and respects others
  • Be driven to excel
  • Believe in teamwork and collaboration
  • Believes in continual learning
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior
  • Supportive of change
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE GUIDELINES The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
  • High School/GED equivalent; College degree preferred (crime scene/evidence technology or similar degree).
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in evidence processes or education and training.
  • Must have a strong working knowledge and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite with an emphasis on Excel spreadsheet experience.
  • Must have exceptional attention to detail with a strong focus on accuracy.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida's Driver's License and have and maintain an acceptable driving record.
EMERGENCY DECLARATION STATUS
  • Essential employees may be required to work during an undeclared emergency and/or declared emergency. On an incident-by-incident basis, the employee’s department head will make the determination as to who will be required to work.
PERFORMANCE APTITUDES
  • Human Interaction: Requires the ability to exchange information for the purpose of obtaining or clarifying details through oral and written instructions using the English language with staff members, citizens, and other contact personnel. Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others on how to apply procedures and standards to specific situations. Requires the ability to keep the supervisor informed of potential problems or unusual events; respond to inquiries and concerns in a timely manner; ability to speak to people with poise, voice control and confidence; ability to talk and hear: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words and listening.
  • Functional Reasoning: Requires ability to apply principles of rational systems, interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form with some latitude exercise of independent judgment. Demonstrate initiative in identifying potential problems or opportunities for improvement.
  • Data Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver, and/or control equipment to review, compile, assemble, scan, copy, record, and/or transcribe data and/or information according to prescribed plan, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data and/or information. Requires ability to perform mathematical operations with decimals or fractions.
  • Physical Ability: Involves the ability to exert physical effort in sedentary to some heavy lifting work which may involve some lifting, carrying, climbing, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light to heavy weight (5-25 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
  • Sensory Requirements: Requires the ability to communicate orally and the use of visual perception to determine differences of color, odor, texture, and depth; ability to hear machine operations.
  • Environmental Factors: Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, wetness, humidity, fumes, temperature, and noise.
PREFERRED SKILLS, LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE
  • NCIC/FCIC;
  • Evidence packaging, tracking and processing.

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Posted: October 3, 2020

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