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Property/Evidence Technician

South Lake Tahoe Police Department, South Lake Tahoe, California

Salary: $59,244.00 - $72,000.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 17, 2021

South Lake Tahoe PD Evidence Technicians perform a wide variety of duties including performing crime scene investigations, evaluating and processing evidence, examining latent fingerprints, and maintaining the property room. Evidence Technicians work closely with investigators and prosecutors in solving cases and bringing evidence into court. They are a vital part of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department team.

Under general supervision, to perform crime scene investigations, evaluate and process evidence, examine latent fingerprints, maintain property room, prepare evidence, testify in court and perform related duties and responsibilities in accordance with Police Department policies and procedures.

Evidence/Property Technician –
  • This is the entry level of the Property/Evidence Technician series. Employees in this class work under close supervision as a trainee performing crime scene investigation duties according to established procedures in scene photography and videography, evidence evaluation, collection and processing, scene diagramming and latent fingerprint examination and identification. Incumbents receive both on-the-job and formal classroom training and perform duties of increasing responsibility that are generally observed and reviewed both during its performance and upon completion. During the first year of employment, incumbents are expected to progress in acquiring skills, knowledge and abilities to be able to perform work independent of direct oversight and supervision.
Senior Evidence/Property Technician –
  • This is the full journey level class within the Evidence/Property Technician series performing the full range of technical and paraprofessional non-sworn duties in support of Police Department evidence/property operations. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class series are flexibly staffed and are generally filled by advancement from the Evidence/Property Technician level, or when filled from the outside, require prior experience. Advancement to the "Senior" level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the assigned functions and/or certification or testing that validates the performance of the full range of duties and is at the discretion of higher level supervisory or management staff.

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Examples of Duties - The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
  • Assumes responsibility for the preparation, identification, and maintenance of fingerprints and other related identification records.
  • Conducts specialized tasks in photography, latent fingerprint development, arson and bomb investigations, bloodstain interpretation, hair fiber and trace evidence collection.
  • Fingerprints suspects, prisoners, and corpses; classifies and identifies fingerprints; assists in identification matters with Federal, State and local authorities; prepares fingerprint displays for court.
  • Conducts identification calls to crime scenes; searches for and collects physical evidence; photographs and video records crime scene; makes diagrams and log items collected from each location.
  • Identifies and preserves evidence; presents it in court; books property into and out of evidence to preserve the chain of evidence; maintains files and daily logs; conducts police auction; destroys and releases property; inventories monies and narcotics; generates reports and assists other members of the department with investigations.
  • Compares latent fingerprints to known and unknown suspects and victims; searches files for identifying suspects.
  • Is responsible for the preparation, identification, and maintenance of fingerprints and other related identification records.
  • Conducts specialized tasks in photography, arson and bomb investigations, bloodstain interpretation, hair fiber and trace evidence collection.
  • Serves as an expert witness; provides courtroom testimony.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Typical Qualifications
  • 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:
  • Principles and practices of evidence collection, analysis and management.
  • Crime scene investigation: photography, diagramming, collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Evidentiary collection methods and analyses: bloodstain pattern interpretation, arson and bomb related scenes, and gunshot wounds and ballistics.
  • Use of various electronic video equipment.
  • Standard fingerprint classification methods, practices, records, and equipment.
  • Modern methods, practices, and techniques of police work including knowledge of criminal investigation and crime scene analysis.
  • Photography and the various methods of printing, developing, and enlarging negatives to pictures.
Ability to:
  • Analyze crime scenes.
  • Develop evidence to be processed.
  • Identify, interpret, explain, and enforce evidentiary and other police procedures.
  • Review and interpret case reports.
  • Maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • Prepare and analyze clear and concise reports.
  • Lift latent fingerprints and to classify fingerprints accurately.
  • Maintain detailed criminal records.
  • Reconstruct crime scenes.
  • Work under pressure.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Evidence/Property Technician
  • Education/Training: A combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.
  • Experience: One year, equivalent to full-time, experience as a student trainee, or career employee in a law enforcement agency or two years of experience in a customer service position in the public or private sector.
  • AND
  • Education: Completion of sixty (60) units from an accredited college or university with major work in forensic science, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, or a closely related field.
  • Substitution: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major work in forensic science, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, or a closely related field may substitute for the required experience.
  • Additional Substitution: Three years' experience in police investigation, forensics, or fingerprinting, and a Bachelor's Degree in a non-related field.
  • License or Certificate: Possession of a valid California or Nevada driver's license.
Senior Evidence/Property Technician
  • Education/Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training in evidence collection, law enforcement, or a related field.
  • Experience: Two years of responsible technical and paraprofessional non-sworn experience comparable to a Evidence/Property Technician with the City of South Lake Tahoe.
  • License or Certificate: Possession of a California or Nevada driver's license.
Supplemental Information - The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
  • Environment: Reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine fire prevention environments with travel from site to site; the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in areas of limited and restricted entry and exit; regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and wet and/or humid conditions; occasionally works in high, precarious places; exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration; risk of electrical shock, radiation, drowning, and asphyxiation; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level is occasionally very loud when responding to emergency calls and when working at a fire or other emergency incident.
  • Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a emergency response setting; walk, stand, sit, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift and/or more heavy weights; operate fire suppression and medical response equipment, apparatus, and tools; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to speak and hear to exchange information; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations.
  • Vision: See within the normal range of vision with or without correction; specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
  • Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
  • FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt

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