Employment Opportunity

Evidence Technician

Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Salary: $24.29 - $29.52 Hourly

Final Filing Date: November 29, 2021

Evidence Technicians are responsible for maintaining the official chain of custody for all property or evidence of the Minneapolis Police Department. Evidence Technicians are trusted to receive, document, package, and store all property or evidence to ensure its integrity for presentation in court.

The Property and Evidence Unit works two shifts: 7 am to 3 pm and 3 pm to 11 pm. Hours for the current vacancies will be determined by shift bid with management reserving the rights to change hours with advance notice. Shift bid priority is based on seniority.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


Job Duties and Responsibilities: (Includes but not limited to)
  • Maintain the chain of custody for all items within control of the Property and Evidence Unit.
  • Receive all property and evidence into the Property and Evidence Unit facilities using the Minneapolis Police Department's current records management system (RMS) to establish the 'chain of custody’
  • Secure evidence and property according to Department Policy, generally accepted guidelines, and best practices
  • Maintain accurate records of all property and evidence in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department
  • Release and return confiscated items as directed by policies, standards and procedures
  • Dispose of items that are authorized based on directives, standards, and procedures
  • Perform research and general follow-up to determine case status
  • Maintain active case evidence and property
  • Ensure the accuracy of active records by documenting updates as necessary
  • Retrieve evidence or property held at various locations and other law enforcement facilities using department provided vehicles
  • Deliver evidence or property to various locations and other law enforcement agencies or partners using department provide vehicles
  • Accurately count cash and coin using generally accepted accounting techniques
  • Assist in preparation of auctions of bicycles, general merchandise, and jewelry
  • Update all dispositions in the Minneapolis Police Department's current records management system (RMS)
  • Operate mechanical and non-mechanical equipment provided by the department such as people lifts, pallet jacks, carts, dollies, saws, tools, and other devices designed to assist in the tasks of evidence management
  • Provide good customer service to internal and external customers in both controlled and non-controlled situations
  • Respond to inquiries from the public or other department partners, including assisting citizens in recovery of stolen and/or confiscated property
  • Provide internal security for workers or vendors within secured areas
  • Demonstrate strong conflict management and de-escalation skills for both internal and external situations
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate attention to safety
  • Demonstrate strong time management skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Strong attention to detail with a minimum of errors
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50# with movement
  • Ability to manage situations when odors/smells, visual impact, or verbal conversations include blood, biohazards, and other unpleasant exposure
  • General light cleaning and maintenance of the facility as directed
  • Prepare for and testify in court as required by subpoena
  • Warehouse, field and office


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Two years of work performing related duties
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • MPD Firearms Familiarization within 1 month of hire
  • BCA – NCIC certification within 1 month of hire
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position MAY be considered.
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs. with movement
  • Must be able to climb ladders, stairs, and work elevated from the ground
  • Ability to bend, reach, stretch, and kneel
  • Certified by the international Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with Minneapolis Police Department Sworn and Civilian Staff and all partners of the department
  • Ability to work with the general public in a calm and tactful manner
  • Ability to work with vendors for needed supplies and resources
  • Knowledge of modern office software and strong keyboarding skills
  • Knowledge of law enforcement functions, operations, and practices
  • Knowledge of court testimony procedures regarding evidence handling
  • Knowledge of evidence processing techniques, collection, packaging and storage
  • Good knowledge of Minnesota State Statues, Minneapolis City Ordinances, and Records Retention Schedules related to evidence preservation
  • Knowledge of data privacy laws and regulations
  • Ability to routinely handle property and evidence such as firearms, money, narcotics, bicycles, vehicles, biological fluids, or other items
  • Ability to move and handle heavy objects, including bending, reaching, stretching, and kneeling
  • Ability to use power tools, hand-held tools, and work assist devices
  • Ability to organize and prioritize varied work assignments
  • Ability to successfully complete the Minneapolis Police Department Firearms Familiarization training
  • Ability to successfully complete the Minneapolis Police Department driving school
  • Ability to successfully complete training in blood borne pathogens and handling hazardous and biohazardous materials
  • Ability to operate department-provided vehicles and navigate city streets
  • Ability to operate mechanical tools such as people lifts, and other mechanical devices
  • Ability to use basic accounting skills and techniques
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with department staff, other agencies, and the general public
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite software, records management systems, and other digital or electronic systems
  • Certified in the use of Bureau of Criminal Apprehension National Crime Information Center system (NCIC)
  • Possess excellent attention to detail and understanding of chain of custody
  • Use of the Minneapolis Police Department's current records management system

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