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Deputy Evidence Technician

Bannock County Sheriff's Office, Pocatello, Idaho

Salary: $18.93 per hour

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

The Evidence Technician responds to crime scenes and processes evidence and/or takes photos. The job also performs the duties of evidence custodian, securely maintaining the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office evidence and property storage facility. The job is responsible for maintaining accurate and legally defensible evidence chain of custody records and documentation. The job requires attention to detail and knowledge of statutes governing the collection, storage, and use of evidence. It requires knowledge of court procedures and legal terminology. The job requires the ability to maintain a collaborative and cooperative working relationship with elected and appointed officials, other Bannock County employees, other organizations, and the general public. The work environment is an office, outdoor, and crime scene environment with exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous substances, including body fluids. The noise level is generally moderate.

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Duties:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Responds to crime scenes to collect and process evidence. Documents crime scenes including, but not limited to, videotaping, photographing, making and recording measurements, preparing sketches and drawings, obtaining fingerprints and/or DNA evidence, and collecting and processing physical evidence;
  • Destroys evidence following adjudication dates, following Department and legal protocols and procedures;
  • Performs the duties of evidence custodian, maintaining the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office evidence and property storage facility;
  • Maintains accurate and legally defensible evidence chain of custody records and documentation;
  • Maintains records, logs, and documentation on evidence and its related cases, including court and adjudication dates;
  • Releases evidence to owners or others with a properly documented claim;
  • Makes copies of CDs, DVDs, videotapes, and related audio and video evidence from investigating officers. Fingerprints persons, as needed;
  • Collects DNA samples and sends DNA and drug samples to laboratories for testing. Attends and photographs autopsies, as needed;
  • Assists in training officers and investigators in crime scene processing;
  • Participates in community education and outreach programs;
  • Maintains confidentiality of crime and investigative information and records;
  • Performs other duties as assigned. (Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.)
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County and Department policies, procedures and safety practices.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
  • May works non-traditional hours;
  • May be on call after regular duty hours to respond to emergency situations;
Competency Requirements Knowledge of:
  • Department functions, procedures, policies, goals, organization, general orders, and rules and regulations;
  • Department policies and procedures governing the collection, processing, and preservation of evidence;
  • State, federal, and other applicable laws, statutes, and requirements governing the collection, processing, and preservation of evidence;
  • Methods, objectives, and procedures of crime scene investigations;
  • Methods, procedures, and objectives of evidence preservation and documentation to maintain legal chain of custody status;
  • Methods, objectives, and procedures of court proceedings and legal terminology;
  • Operation of recording equipment, specialized processing equipment, and chemicals used in processing and recording crime scenes;
  • Operation of office equipment including a personal computer and job-related software applications;
  • Federal regulations and Bannock County Sheriff Office policies regarding safe work practices
Ability to:
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions;
  • Respond to crime scenes to collect and process evidence;
  • Document crime scenes;
  • Attend and photograph autopsies, as needed;
  • Securely maintain the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office evidence and property storage facility;
  • Maintain accurate and legally defensible evidence chain of custody records and documentation;
  • Maintain records, logs, and documentation on evidence and its related cases;
  • Make copies of CDs, DVDs, videotapes, and related audio and video evidence from investigating officers;
  • Fingerprint persons, as needed;
  • Collect DNA samples and send DNA and drug samples to laboratories for testing;
  • Participate in community education and outreach programs;
  • Maintain confidentiality of crime and investigative information and records;
  • Operate recording equipment, specialized processing equipment, and chemicals used in processing and recording crime scenes;
  • Operate a motor vehicle;
  • Operate a two-way radio;
  • Operate office equipment including a personal computer and job-related software applications;
  • Perform duties accurately and efficiently under time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously, including handling interruptions, and return to and complete tasks in a timely manner;
  • Maintain a collaborative and cooperative working relationship with elected and appointed officials, other Bannock County employees, and the public;
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times, including in situations that are stressful;
  • Communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance;
  • Complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations;
  • Perform all duties in accordance with Bannock County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures with regard for personal safety and that of other employees and the public.

Requirements:

Acceptable Experience and Training
  • High school diploma or GED equivalency is required
  • Successful completion of police background check, polygraph and drug screening is required;
  • Idaho driver’s license is required;
  • Associates degree or training in criminology, crime scene processing, or a related field is preferred;
  • One (1) to two (2) years’ experience in law enforcement or a related field is preferred; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work
Essential Physical Abilities
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively;
  • Sufficient visual acuity and hearing capacity to perform the essential functions and interact with the public is required, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions, gather evidence at crime scenes, and coordinate with investigators;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, stamina, strength, agility, and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to bend or stoop repeatedly, stand, walk, sit, kneel, use hands to handle materials, keyboard or type, reach with hands and arms, operate job-related equipment and operate a motor vehicle.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with assistance.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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How to apply: Apply using the Bannock County Sheriff’s Application found at www.bannockcounty.us/human-resources Submit completed applications to: Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, PO Box 4666, Pocatello, Idaho 83205. Direct questions to: Chief Deputy Dahlquist: 208-236-7124 or Captain Hamilton: 208-236-7174

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Posted: November 5, 2021


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