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Evidence Control Specialist

Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas

Salary: $16.55 – $20.69 per hour

Final Filing Date: May 18, 2021

The Evidence Control Specialist position is a position within the Forensic Bureau. Evidence Specialist are responsible for the care, custody and control of all evidence and seized property collected by the Austin Police Department. Evidence Specialist collect evidence/property in person and from unmanned evidence submission points around Austin. Each item is inventoried, packaged and properly documented in electronic tracking as well as hand written chains of custody. Specialist are also responsible for the proper storage of items, inventorying of items in long term storage as well at the transfer of custody of items being released for investigative purposes, court or laboratory analysis. Specialist provide court room testimony, response to request for service in the field, photograph property as needed and provide “on call” after hours support on a rotating basis. Evidence Specialist are also responsible for research of found/safekeeping property, providing customer service to internal/external customers in person, by phone and email as well as the final disposition of property including the release to owners, transfer to auction or destruction. The Evidence Section receives approximately 100,000 new items per year and currently maintains approximately a 900,000 item inventory.

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Duties:

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
  • Verifies packaging or packages of incoming items, including hazardous and bio-hazardous items, in accordance with established evidence procedures. Ensures accurate chain of custody, ensures accurate and current documentation exist in the records management system, provides care, custody, and control of items to ensure its integrity from receipt to final disposition.
  • Maintains, investigates, resolves, and reports on lost/found property and property for safekeeping. Includes sending legally-required certified letters to property owners, linking found property to reported criminal incidents, and notifying assigned investigators. Researches, locates, and returns property to appropriate personnel or rightful owners when legally (or by standard operating procedure) authorized to do so, or disposes of property in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Assigns lab numbers and storage locations to evidence or stored property. Performs evidence and inventory control management procedures. Develops evidence statistics and property record spreadsheets as needed.
  • Utilizes the records management and property tracking system to manage a work queue. Photographs evidence for police investigators or documentation purposes.
  • Operates within records management and property tracking systems to research, update, and modify records to ensure accurate information.
  • Transports evidence in a secure manner from collection points throughout the City to the evidence warehouse. Conducts routine and unplanned evidence transport to and from other law enforcement agencies, multiple judicial jurisdictions, outsourced forensic laboratories, and commercial shipping vendors.
  • Provides internal and external customer service by means of in-person contact, telephone, or email. Is required to answer questions and resolve issues with other City employees, sworn staff, attorneys, and the public in a confidential manner.
  • Provides warehouse management activities in accordance with City, State, and Federal policies and procedures, industry best practices, and laws that govern evidence or property. Coordinates with Central Records on the expunction of property and records and complies with all other official court orders.
  • Operates City vehicles and warehouse equipment.
  • Testifies in court as a witness. May be required to perform pretrial or on appeal request for examination of property and evidence by counsel.
  • Develops a yearly update of packaging manual as well as conduct training of sworn personnel in packaging, data entry, and special programs.
  • Is required to respond to after-hours service requests, building security issues, facility operational needs, and other emergency events as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of City practices, policies, procedures, statutes, and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of fundamental evidence control techniques, procedures, and systems.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with City employees and the public.

Requirements:

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus four (4) years of relevant experience in warehouse/inventory control.
Licenses and Certifications Required:
  • Must be able to obtain Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians Certification (TAPEIT) Certification within six (6) months of hire.
  • Must be able to obtain Forklift Operator Certification within six (6) months of hire.
  • Valid Texas Class C Driver License.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in a law enforcement evidence room, forensic science setting, or commercial warehousing operation.
  • Experience working with Versadex Property Management System or other similar evidence management or asset tracking systems.

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Posted: May 3, 2021


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