Employment Opportunity


Property Evidence Technician

North Port Police Department, North Port, Florida

Salary: $17.00 - $25.51 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open until 100 applicants

Responsible technical civilian position that receives, records, maintains and protects property and evidence held by the department. Work is performed under the supervision of the Investigations Division Commander.

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Duties:

Essential Job Functions
  • Maintains and ensures the security of all property and evidence held by the Department, including receiving, identifying, and recording all property and evidence.
  • Verifies the quantity of evidence, i.e. found/abandoned drugs, seized currency.
  • Maintains logs, files and reports regarding evidence or found property.
  • Maintains chain of custody; inventories and audits evidence held.
  • Researches cases and prepares case agent reviews to determine the value of evidence.
  • Releases evidence to officers for court proceedings and takes custody upon return.
  • Testifies in court, depositions and hearings regarding the chain of custody and identification of evidentiary items.
  • Investigates ownership of found property and evidence turned in to the Police Department; releases property and evidence upon proper identification to rightful owners or authorized by court order.
  • Carries out court orders for disposal/destruction of such evidence.
  • Assists in establishing property/evidence accountability and handling procedures for all of the Police Department in accordance with legal restrictions and Florida State Statutes.
  • Maintains constant integrity of evidence and property received.
  • Sorts, files, transports, tags, stores, and inventories evidence, firearms, weapons, contraband, miscellaneous property and monies.
  • Takes custody of all property and evidence; makes sure that property and evidence is packaged and labeled correctly; stores all property and evidence as mandated by Florida State Statutes.
  • Assist in the storage of seizures, impounds, or confiscates vehicle, craft, currency, or property.
  • Maintains security of property and evidence rooms and bicycle/vehicle facility.
  • Issues property being retained as evidence to proper officer at time of trial and receives receipt for same.
  • Conducts inventories of the property and evidence rooms and researches cases to effect release, destruction, donation or sale of property and evidence in conformance with Florida State Statutes.
  • Arranges for the proper storage and disposal of bio-hazardous materials.
  • Prepares and ships evidence and other property to crime laboratories for examination; disseminates results of laboratory findings, as required.
  • Prepares court documents and carries out orders necessary for disposal/destruction of evidence, such as narcotics and firearms, as mandated by Florida State Statutes.
  • Picks up and delivers evidence, as needed, to various other agencies, including State Attorneys' office.
  • Coordinates destruction of evidence that has met its retention and is no longer relevant to its or any other case in accordance with state statutes.
  • Participates in periodic audits and inventories of property/evidence to verify packaging, correct markings, and the property/evidence is in its proper place.
  • Fulfills requests for copies of digital evidence, from attorneys to view case evidence, public records requests, and by SAO, and defense attorneys.
  • Answers phones and routes accordingly.
  • Creates presentations and conducts public speaking engagements.

Requirements:

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
  • Knowledge of state law and procedures relating to the proper collection, handling, storing, distribution and destruction of evidence and property of all types.
  • Knowledge of report and record maintenance principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Skilled in written and oral communication, including the ability to be articulate and professional during court testimony.
  • Skilled in the use of office equipment, including copy machines and multi-line telephone systems.
  • Skilled in the use of computers for data entry, word processing and accounting purposes.
  • Ability to organize and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to plan, organize and use mature judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions in accordance with established policy.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
  • Ability to use computer software (Word, Excel, etc.) and enter data accurately from a wide variety of source documents.
  • Ability to pass a State and National Criminal Background Investigation and Polygraph examination required to handle criminal evidence (including drugs) and confidential information.
  • Ability to understand legal terminology as it applies to various forms, requests and authorizations received from the State Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office or private attorneys.
  • Ability to coordinate activities with other departments, officials and police employees.
  • Ability to exercise considerable discretion and maintain confidentiality due to the sensitive nature of information processed.
Education and Experience:
  • High School Diploma from an accredited high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma is preferred, supplemented by college level and field related courses.
  • Five (5) years of diversified office experience, inventory control or related experience.
  • Experience in police property, evidence handling, and law enforcement work preferred.
  • (A comparable amount of relevant training, education and/or experience may be substituted for the above qualifications.)
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Possession of and ability to maintain a valid Florida driver's license required.
  • Must be able to obtain International Association of Property and Evidence certification.
Will be required to submit to a State and National Criminal Background Investigation.

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Posted: August 14, 2021


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