Employment Opportunity

Property & Evidence Technician

Lathrop Police Department, Lathrop, California

Salary: $62,130.00 - $75,519.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: Continuous

The City of Lathrop is currently transitioning to its own Police Department. City Council and Staff have worked diligently, for about the past decade, on achieving financial stability and are confident that now is the ideal time for Lathrop to transition to a City Police Department. With Lathrop’s economy and population continuing to grow, it makes economic sense to move forward with the City’s own Police Department, which equates to more officers, lower budget, personalized services and predictable costs. The City’s tax base and development activity are solid indicators that a municipal Police Department will be able to provide the community the high level of service that they have come to expect from City Hall.

In addition to the hiring of sworn staff, the City is recruiting for support staff for the police department. The Lathrop Police Department is looking for a motivated self-starter to fill the position of Property & Evidence Technician. The ideal candidate will have a background in the law enforcement field performing duties related to securing, preserving and releasing property and evidence.

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Essential Functions Include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Receives, documents, categorizes, and stores property and evidence; maintains the physical integrity, control, and chain of custody.
  • Coordinates with crime laboratories; determines and justifies which evidence to refer; prepares and transports evidence, including weapons, narcotics, and biological specimens for analysis and processing by others; prepares required forms and submits forms with evidence to labs.
  • Releases and purges property and evidence following appropriate federal, state, and local laws and regulations; prepares evidence and property for auction and/or disposal upon completion of court proceedings; updates databases with release information and sends property release letters to owners.
  • Initiates, organizes, updates, maintains, and controls access to complex filing systems and records, including highly sensitive case files.
  • Acts as liaison to the court and other offices requiring the transmission of property and evidence; prepares evidence for officers and investigators for court proceedings; maintains records and tracks such actions; coordinates with regulatory agencies to facilitate periodic audits and inventories of property and evidence operations within the crime lab.
  • Provides general information regarding department policies, procedures, and regulations, including responding appropriately to complaints, requests for information and service in person and by phone, forwarding written complaints against personnel, and coordinating work with other City departments.
  • Stays abreast of Department of Justice firearms regulations to ensure compliance with applicable legislation and ordinances; verifies background check compliance prior to the release of firearms; coordinates with the District Attorney’s Office regarding firearms confiscation petitions; secures court orders for the destruction of controlled substances and firearms on adjudicated cases.
  • Prepares correspondence, reports, forms, receipts, and specialized documents, such as letters to investigators, property claim letters to citizens, and other correspondence.
  • Uses safety precautions and follows Department procedures to properly handle firearms, weapons, chemical samples, blood, DNA, narcotics, syringes, toxic materials, money, valuable items, illicit material, and alcoholic beverages to prevent injury, avoid contamination, and assure chain of custody.

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  • Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be equivalent to a high school diploma or GED with supplemental college-level coursework in criminology, police evidence management, or a related field and two (2) years of experience in a law enforcement agency performing duties related to securing, preserving, and releasing property and evidence.
OTHER INFROMATION - Physical Demands
  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials, and a computer screen and to operate a motor vehicle and visit various City sites; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate police services equipment. Positions in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects up to 25 pounds.

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Posted: March 23, 2022

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