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Evidence Technician

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, West Olive, Michigan

Salary: $26.74 - $33.88 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under the direction of the investigative unit captain, collects, preserves, and examines physical evidence associated with incident scenes to support the investigation of criminal and traffic incidents and the apprehension and prosecution of offenders. Applies the principles and practices of forensic science to the investigation of crime and accident scenes and the identification and classification of evidence. Responsible for tracking and maintaining evidence and ensuring the integrity of the property room. This is a full-time, benefited position working at the Fillmore Complex in West Olive, MI. The schedule is Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The need for after-hours and weekend work is as needed.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Maintains records and prepare reports detailing findings, investigative methods, and laboratory techniques.
  • Gathers and analyzes evidence from crime scenes and accidents, maintains chain of custody, and stores it in conditions that preserve its integrity, in accordance with prescribed rules of evidence and the provisions of the Michigan Criminal Code and Michigan Court Rules.
  • Uses photographic or video equipment to document evidence, crime scenes, and accidents. Diagrams crime scenes.
  • Ensures all records and evidence is properly documented and stored, including physical and electronic evidence.
  • Assists with training new technicians or other personnel on forensic science techniques. May provide work direction for other part-time evidence technicians.
  • Interprets findings or test results to identify and classify evidence and to determine a chain of events.
  • Serves as a point of contact to various agencies regarding evidence, evidence release, student interviews and tours, and entry into storage and work area. Presents information about forensic science to large groups, including students and internal staff
  • Prepares and packages DNA, narcotics, and other evidence for delivery to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
  • Maintains work area and evidence storage space, including maintaining an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies, ordering stock as needed, cleaning the laboratory, and general maintenance on laboratory equipment.
  • Maintains inventory and coordinates the proper release of evidence and property to the rightful owner or prepares unreturnable items for disposal.
  • Performs other functions as assigned.


Required Education, Training and Experience
  • Associates degree in biology, chemistry, forensic anthropology, or related field required with two (2) years experience with a police agency with duties in evidence collection, scene processing, and criminal justice, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, crime science, forensic anthropology, or related field preferred.
Michigan driver's license.
  • Applicants may possess a valid out of state driver's license and obtain the Michigan driver's license within 10 days of employment.
The qualified candidate will have the following knowledge and skills:
  • Organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload.
  • Excellent powers of observation.
  • High moral character with a clean background.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, including using logic and reasoning to identify the chain of events and make conclusions.
  • Good working knowledge of the theory and practice of forensic science.
  • Good working knowledge of Michigan Court Rules and the Michigan Criminal Code.
  • Thorough working knowledge of crime scene investigation protocols.
  • Good working knowledge of laboratory testing techniques and procedures and the use of chemical agents and reagents and equipment in forensic identification work.
  • Thorough working knowledge of procedures and protocols for collecting, preserving, and developing latent prints.
  • Thorough working knowledge of procedures and protocols for blood detection, enhancement, collection, and preservation.
  • Thorough working knowledge of the requirements for establishing, maintaining, and documenting the chain of custody for evidence.
  • Thorough working knowledge of digital photography, including the use of digital cameras and video equipment and digital printing and processing software applications.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database management applications.
  • Good verbal and written communications skills.
  • Good interpersonal and human relations skills.
  • Ability to interact positively and professionally with law enforcement officers, corrections officers, prosecutors, attorneys, witnesses, victims, judges, and members of the general public with widely divergent socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and varying levels of communication skills.
Physical Requirements:
  • Must have sufficient visual acuity to detect evidence, including trace evidence and concealed evidence, at crime scenes.
  • Must have sufficient visual color discrimination acuity to identify the color of items in evidence and to identify the colors of the products of chemical reagent processes.
  • Must have sufficient manual dexterity to operate digital photography, videography, and audio recording equipment and to make incident scene sketches and drawings.
  • Must be able to transport photographic, video, and audio recording equipment, evidence collection instruments, and media, and other items to and from crime and accident scenes with or without mechanical or other assistance.
  • Must be able to descend to and ascend from ground and floor level to take measurements of, and search for and collect evidence located in, incident scenes.
  • Must be able to enter and navigate cramped, enclosed spaces to investigate crime scenes.
  • Must have sufficient mobility with or without assistive devices to access crime and accident scenes located in basements; on rooftops; in wooded, hilly, rocky, and generally inaccessible terrain; and in a variety of other urban and rural landscapes.
Working Conditions:
  • Work is performed in a normal office environment, in a laboratory setting, and in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Collection, analysis, and processing of crime and accident scene evidence may entail exposure to a variety of bodily fluids, bloodborne pathogens, and disease agents; chemical agents and reagents; hazardous materials of unknown origin and content; moving highway traffic; inclement weather; and other hazards.

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Posted: August 20, 2021

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