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Police Technician

Baldwin Park Police Department, Baldwin Park, California

Salary: $4,275.62 - $5,197.04 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under general direction, the non-sworn position in the police department manages the evidence room, search for, collect, record, and preserve physical evidence in criminal investigations; to take photographs and do photographic laboratory work for preservation and presentation; develop latent fingerprints using mechanical and chemical techniques; perform latent fingerprint comparisons and give expert testimony in court; gather and preserve evidence at crime scene investigations; perform routine graphic and public relations work; and to do related work as required.

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Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Produce, develop, print, enlarge and mount photographs of all evidentiary items gathered during a crime scene investigation. Prepare and photograph, preserve and present as needed.
  • Prepare and maintain various photographic solutions that are used in developing prints and negatives.
  • Maintain photographic equipment and photography laboratory in full supply and working order.
  • Prepare and maintain records and reports of work activity according to all evidence codes and department policies. Maintain physical evidence in criminal investigations; safeguards evidence and other property.
  • Manage property room, including receipt, catalog, tag and secure property and evidence; maintain logs of evidence property; release and/or dispose of evidence property in accordance with State law, including California Civil Codes, Penal Codes and Department policies.
  • Notifies owners and disposes of property when court action has been concluded and provides for the release, action and of disposal of property that is no longer of evidentiary value.
  • Assists sworn officers with booking evidence; orders and maintains supplies for booking of evidence, including maintenance of property booking counter.
  • Ability to sketch crime scene diagrams and perform related graphic work.
  • Ability to extract and process latent finger prints as required, including usage of proper mechanical tools for locating evidence.
  • Ability to present thoughts in a clear concise manner while testifying in court as required.
  • Ability to accept and process fingerprint cards, while having knowledge of the Department of Justice, FBI and State fingerprint requirements.
  • Perform routine graphic and public relations work as assigned; maintain historical records for departmental activities.
  • Ability to take control of crime scene investigations, including processing evidence and properly marking, storing and inventorying items using Spillman Technologies, Inc. software equipment, including bar coding and labeling.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:
  • Inventory control methods, procedures and regulations.
  • California Civil and Penal Codes as they relate to Evidence processing.
  • Principles, practices, methods, and equipment of photography and photographic techniques.
  • Principles of processing photographs, including developing, printing, enlarging and mounting both color, black and white negatives and prints.
Ability to:
  • Interpret and apply rules, policies and department procedures.
  • Read, interpret and apply Federal, State and municipal codes and regulations.
  • Operate a personal computer and use a variety of computer software, including department records management software (Spillman Technologies, Inc.).
  • Maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Utilize a variety of photographic equipment and techniques in preparing photographs for presentation and preservation.
  • Maintain photographic and laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and experience in work related to law enforcement, the procurement and inventory control of supplies and property.
  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice is highly desirable.
  • In addition, prefer one-year of hands on experience in managing an evidence room working with limited supervision, or prior experience as a Community Services Officer assigned evidence room responsibilities.
License or Certificate
  • A valid Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.
Physical Requirements
  • Requires physical effort including heavy lifting, bending and carrying.

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Posted: October 15, 2020

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