Employment Opportunity


Evidence Technician

Omaha Police Department, Omaha, Nebraska

Salary: $20.84 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Work Type: Part-time

This is responsible work in the day-to-day operation of evidence processing at the Omaha Police Department (OPD). Work involves the receipt, accountability, safekeeping, inventory, and release of items of evidence such as firearms, drugs, hazardous materials, blood stained clothing, and money. An employee in this classification works with independence; however, general supervision is received from an assigned supervisor.

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Duties:

Detailed responsibilities:
  • Receives, records, and labels items taken as evidence and maintains a chain of custody in the software program
  • Prepares items of evidence for storage and stores them in designated locations according to storage preservation requirements set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and OPD standards, policies, and procedures
  • Receives, records, and releases items of evidence according to requisition
  • Prepares, copies, and distributes reports on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis
  • Retrieves evidence from property areas for police officers, prosecutors, outside law enforcement agencies, forensic and lab personnel, other authorized individuals, and the general public
  • Assists with making money deposits on unclaimed and forfeited monies
  • Destroys items of evidence as directed per OPD policies and procedures
  • Transports items of evidence from the crime scene or drop boxes to the evidence storeroom or a laboratory for court testing
  • Testifies in court regarding matters related to evidence on behalf of the department
  • Receives and responds to citizen inquiries regarding matters of evidence
  • Assists with internal audits and audits done by CALEA
  • Maintains regular job attendance in accordance with a schedule established for the position by the supervisor
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation dictates within the scope of this classification


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Requirements:

Education equivalent experience: Essential:
  • High school graduation or its equivalent AND Two (2) years of experience in a law enforcement evidence room environment or in a complex inventory system.
Special Qualifications: Other information:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operators license from the time of appointment.
  • Must submit to a criminal and credit history background investigation.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Competencies and skills - Essential:
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate a computer or other technology using standard or customized computer or systems software applications appropriate to the assigned tasks
  • Knowledge of computer inventory systems, storage, procedures, and other procedures relating to the operation of the evidence/property unit
  • Knowledge of the methods of securing evidentiary items and the proper procedures of the handling of items of evidence for use in court proceedings
  • Knowledge of the legal chain of custody relating to evidence
  • Knowledge of safety procedures involved in the processing and storage of evidentiary items
  • Ability to learn and adapt to advances in computer and electronics device technology and software
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative officials, police officers, and the general public, occasionally involving adversarial or stressful interactions
  • Ability to organize, compile, and maintain accurate departmental records
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports
  • Ability to maintain confidential records
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical computations to include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Ability to complete multiple projects in a timely manner
  • Ability to understand and follow or written or oral instructions
  • Ability to adhere to safety policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Ability to sit, stand, or walk from 50 to 75% of the time; and to reach, push, pull, lift, squat, or kneel from 25 to 50% of the time
  • Ability to use from fifty (50) to seventy-five (75) pounds of force occasionally, from twenty-five (25) to fifty (50) pounds of force more frequently, and up to twenty-five (25) pounds of force constantly to move objects
Conditions of Employment:
  • Candidates must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of permanent residence or authorization to work. The City of Omaha reserves the right to conduct criminal history, driving record, reference and credit checks and a background investigation on applicants for employment. Successfully passing a criminal background review, reference check, and if applicable, a credit check, is required as a condition of employment. If applicable, the City will require that you successfully pass a review of the driver's license, driving abstract, a pre-employment drug test, a hearing test and a back screening examination as a condition of employment. Failure to provide the information requested in the application process in a truthful, accurate and complete manner may result in disqualification, revocation of conditional employment or termination.

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Posted: January 12, 2022


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