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Evidence Custodian

West Melbourne Police Department, West Melbourne, Florida

Salary: $33,837 - $52,447 per hour

Final Filing Date: October 24, 2020

Under the direct supervision of the Support Services Division Sergeant, this position is responsible for the intake and inventory control of all property and evidence received into the Property/Evidence Room. The employee logs, inventories, controls and distributes evidence, narcotics, monies, firearms and property. The employee performs routine clerical work. The work is performed with a high level of confidentiality and is reviewed through observation and written reports for adherence to established guidelines, policies and procedures.

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  • Acts as the custodian of the Property and Evidence Room.
  • Checks incoming property and evidence submitted by officers and Crime Scene Technicians for accuracy and integrity.
  • Logs property and evidence and assigns appropriate inventory barcodes.
  • Receives, sorts, files, tags, stores, retrieves, and inventories evidence, firearms, weapons, contraband, miscellaneous property, and monies.
  • Safeguards the integrity of the chain of custody according to established standards.
  • Properly handles, stores and disposes of biologically hazardous property and evidence.
  • Properly handles, stores and assists in the disposal of drugs pursuant to Florida Statutes.
  • Processes and files incoming, returned, and outgoing property records.
  • Processes, duplicates and preserves photographic and audio/video evidence.
  • Responds to subpoenas for evidence and may be required to provide testimony in court.
  • Responds to inquiries from victims, suspects, and attorneys regarding personal property.
  • Evaluates the worth of adjudicated evidence and unclaimed property in preparation for legal disposal and dispersal.
  • Conducts required audits, inspections and inventories according to departmental policies.
  • Maintains and ensures evidence room supplies and inventories are up-to-date at all times.
  • Conducts research and gathers information for the purpose of completing reports and administrative assignments.
  • Operates a Department vehicle to respond to crime scenes and/or transport evidence.
  • Transports to and retrieves evidence from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Laboratory for analysis in a timely manner.
  • Assists the Crime Scene Technician as necessary.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Educations and Experience:
  • Valid Florida Driver’s License with acceptable driving record.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent is required.
  • One (1) to three (3) years of related work experience is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of police principles, practices, and procedures dealing with police property and evidence control.
  • Knowledge of City, State, and Federal ordinances and laws dealing with property and evidence control matters.
  • Ability to operate various office equipment such as computer, hand-held electronic devices, copier, scanner and multi-line telephone.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read and interpret the City Code, State Statutes and federal guidelines.
  • Ability to compile data and prepare reports.
  • Ability to perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to work independently while analyzing information to draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to operate various portable equipment in order to move various sizes of property items.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS - Medium work requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Additional physical abilities required:
  • Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand.
  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Manual dexterity such as: picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual Acuity: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines; using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Work is performed in a safe and secure work environment that may periodically have unpredicted requirements or demands.

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Posted: October 17, 2020

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