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Evidence Technician

Benton County Sheriff, Kennewick, Washington

Salary: $4,139.00 - $5,373.00 Monthly

Final Filing Date: Continuous

Performs a variety of office tasks in the Sheriff's department, requiring specific knowledge of departmental functions and procedures for efficient care, custody, control, and processing of all property and evidence which comes into the possession of the Sheriff's Office.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Example of Duties
  • Greets and assists the public, staff and other agencies by phone or in person by providing detailed information as authorized from sources such as published manuals and procedures; refers inquiries/visitors to appropriate department or individual when necessary.
  • Enter and track records of evidence and property into the appropriate systems.
  • Monitors the evidence/property room in the Sheriff's Office by excluding unauthorized people from enter the room.
  • Ensure proper documentation is presented before releasing property to only those authorized including arranging for disposition of such property when it no longer is needed for evidence and transporting to other law enforcement agencies.
  • Responds to citizen inquiries and complaints regarding their property.
  • Receives and places property into proper categories, assigns identification number to each case, prepares cross-reference file and tracking form for each item, enters property information into the computer, and makes property inquiries.
  • Takes photographs of various evidence items as required.
  • Drives assigned vehicle to crime scenes and operates standard evidence gathering equipment when assistance is requested by Patrol/Detectives at crime scenes.
  • When necessary, delivers and picks up evidence and destructs evidence/property at the state crime lab.
  • Is available for call-out during non-business hours.
  • Testifies in court regarding evidence handling and chain of custody.
  • Secures and processes articles of evidence; assures the security of weapons, narcotics and seized cash.
  • Completes regularly recurring reports; compiles data from varied sources and makes summary reports as required. May involve routine mathematical calculations and tabulations in accordance with established methods.
  • Composes and proofs material to assure proper layout, grammatical composition and inclusion of all pertinent information.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma, or G.E.D., three years of progressively responsible clerical experience in a law enforcement environment; or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Successful certification for terminal operation by WACIC/NCIC prior to or after employment.
  • NOTE: Prior to employment, a polygraph test and a thorough criminal history check will be completed on each successful applicant.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of office practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Knowledge of the functions, procedures, and applicable regulations of the Sheriff's department and law enforcement.
  • Knowledge of basic math, including the ability to add, subtracts, multiply and divide accurately.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply business and legal English, composition, grammar, spelling punctuation, and letter format.
  • Working knowledge of bookkeeping practices and procedures.
  • Good oral communications skills to explain policies and procedures and to deal with other employees, law enforcement agencies, attorneys, and the general public using courtesy, tact and good judgment.
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment such as scanner, calculator and photocopier.
  • Skill in operating standard computer programs such as Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to read, understand, apply and explain County/department policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently, organizing work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain complex manual and computerized filing and record keeping systems.
  • Ability to maintain the security and confidentiality of police records and information.
  • Ability to work quickly, accurately and thoroughly with close attention to detail to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to type at level required for specific position.

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Posted: April 20, 2021

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