Employment Opportunity

Property Evidence and Crime Scene Technician

University of Texas at Austin Police Department, Austin, Texas

Salary: $39,000 + per year depending on qualifications

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Crime Scene Duties
  • Discovers and collects substances such as fibers, blood, vapors, trace evidence, and paint at a crime scene; prepares casts of tire, tool, and shoe impressions
  • Develops, lifts, and photographs latent palm and fingerprint evidence; makes positive identification, and prepares exhibits for case prosecution
  • Performs specialized technical work gathering and documenting evidence at crime scenes
  • Prepares written reports of crime scene investigation and submits findings to superior
  • Performs forensic photography and produces crime scene sketches
  • Detects, collects, preserves, packages and transports evidence
  • Testifies in court on evidence gathered at crime scene, maintains continuity of evidence and produces necessary records
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned (CALEA – Quarter Master)
  • Subject to shift and On Call Responsibilities
Evidence Duties
  • Receives, stores, and disposition evidence and property items to be maintained by the University of Texas at Austin Police Department
  • Maintains paper, computer, and media records on the evidence chain of custody for case files
  • Releases evidence and property to investigators, courts, other law enforcement agencies, or other legally interested parties
  • Provides court testimony as the custodian of records of evidence as required
  • Prepares forms, packaging, and transports evidence to processing labs, donation sites, or destruction sites
  • Oversees maintaining, ordering, and stocking evidence processing supplies as needed
  • Acts as liaison to District Attorney's office regarding evidence matters
  • Maintains cleanliness and safety of evidence, property, and receiving areas
  • Trains and assists officers in the packaging and submission of evidence and property
  • Collects video evidence from electronic videos capturing equipment at crime scenes or in relation to active investigative cases
  • Reviews collected video evidence footage for pertinent events
  • Records all inquiries and requests for video evidence, as well as all changes made to original footage for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of evidence
  • Ensures that property submitted by officer in lockers is property entered into the record management system (RMS) so that all items are property packaged, barcoded and labeled
  • Processes property dispositions and updated property control section of computer database with released information
  • Prepares and disseminates test results to detectives, courts, prosecutors
  • Collects and processes digital media evidence, maintaining records and tagging evidence


Required Qualifications
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency plus six months of additional education or training.
  • Two or more years of experience in the crime scene, law enforcement, professional photography, or closely related field.
  • Knowledge and operation of DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras in manual mode.
  • Valid Texas Driver license.
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation including, fingerprinting and motor vehicle report.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of computer-based inventory systems is required.
  • Knowledge of computerized inventory control software and other Microsoft software including word processing.
  • Knowledge of laws related to tracking, storage, and production of evidence for court.
  • Knowledge of laws pertaining to processing and storing evidence is necessary.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent communication skills is required to contact internal officers and other related agencies.
  • Ability to properly record and distribute inventory.
  • Ability to use good oral and written communication skills to contact Police officers internally, the public, and other agencies to obtain important information related to the evidence for court.
  • Additional required training includes familiarization with some of the basic concepts and practices of modern crime scene and or forensic photography techniques.
  • Ability to operate all general office equipment

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior crime scene experience.
  • Crime Scene Management Certification.
  • T.A.P.E.I.T. Certification

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Posted: July 17, 2021

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