Employment Opportunity


Evidence Technician

Denton Police Department, Denton, Texas

Salary: $17.06 - $22.70 Hourly

Final Filing Date: May 11, 2022

Responsible for administrative and technical duties associated with the processing, storage, security, control, preservation, and disposition of evidence and other property throughout the judicial process; and to ensure compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws regarding the storage and disposition of property and evidence.

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Duties:

Essential Functions:
  • Receives and processes evidence and property, make accurate computer entries, bar-code and process items for proper storage.
  • Reviews property submission documentation for accuracy against submitted evidence. Documents and maintains accurate chain of custody records for all property or evidence in the custody of the evidence management unit from the initial submission through final disposition of the item.
  • Ensures property and evidence is properly packaged and bar-coded utilizing established preservation techniques; organize and manage property locations for quick access and location identification; completing chain of custody on property/evidence sheets; and/or, performing other related activities.
  • Uses a variety of computer systems, resource materials, and knowledge of laws to identify the disposition on cases, to find the identity and addresses of victims and suspects, and to determine the disposition of evidence in accordance with law.
  • Disposes of property and evidence, utilizing established guidelines and laws, which includes performing applicable research. Prepare the destruction of drugs and paraphernalia in accordance with department policy and in accordance with law.
  • Maintains physical and electronics records including performing other related activities. Stores all processed evidence and property received utilizing established procedures in accordance with applicable standards, best practices, and applicable laws.
  • Prepares evidence for submittal and return to and from laboratories, which includes completing required lab submittal paperwork; locating and collecting paperwork and evidence being submitted to the lab; transporting items, completing chain of custody entries for evidence to preserve the integrity of the evidence.
  • Records and distributes documentation to appropriate personnel and stakeholders; matching evidence with corresponding property sheets and lab analysis reports; relocating evidence to proper storage location; and/or, performing other related activities.
  • Maintains the bike pound, which includes keeping a running inventory of bikes; organizing items to ensure timely disposal of bikes; creating applicable motions for Judge's signature; coordinating the disposal of bikes with applicable internal department; and/or, performing other related activities.
  • Processes evidence requests from Officers, Investigators, Attorneys, and/or other interested parties, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and guidelines.
  • Releases property to citizens, which includes validating that property is eligible for release; confirming the identity of parties retrieving property; locating and moving property for release; updating property sheets showing release of property; and/or, performing other related activities.
  • Maintains property and evidence Standard Operating Procedures, logs, forms, databases, and automated computer tracking system. Prepares records and logs of property and evidence activities.
  • May be asked to perform additional job duties that are directly, indirectly or completely unrelated to normal job functions in the course of special events.
  • Appears in court to testify on the handling and chain of custody of evidence processed.
  • Maintains the organization and cleanliness of all property facility storage areas to ensure timely access and location of property items.
  • Handles and deposits currency following established procedures.
  • Maintains regular and punctual on-site attendance
  • Performs other duties as assigned


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Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications / Acceptable Equivalency:
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent and a minimum of 2 years related or similar experience
  • OR
  • Any combination of related education, experience, certifications and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job
Core Competencies:
  • Ability to maintain positive, professional, and respectful working relationships with customers, coworkers, and other personnel.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and complete records
  • Ability to learn, interpret, and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions
  • Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and technology
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and data
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Knowledge of the legal aspects of property management
  • Ability to confidently apply problem-solving skills using deductive reasoning
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to adapt to changing work conditions
  • Skill in operating a motor vehicle safely
  • Knowledge of records management and inventory control techniques
Preferences:
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Previous property/evidence management or related experience
  • Completion of Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians (TAPEIT) Property/Evidence Certification program, or equivalent.
  • TCIC/TLETS Certification
Conditions of Employment:
  • Must have a valid Class “C” Driver License and valid state required minimum automobile liability insurance prior to employment (must obtain Texas Class “C” driver license and state required minimum automobile liability insurance within 90 days of hire per state law)
  • Must pass a drug test, driver’s license check, criminal history background check, and social security number verification check
  • Must meet the Denton Police Department’s Civilian Hiring Standards
    • Due to the confidential nature of this position and its access to highly sensitive records and information an extensive background investigation will be conducted on those who are being considered for this position. Successful completion of this background investigation will be required to be eligible to advance in the recruitment process.
    • The background investigation will include a review of an applicant's criminal, driving, employment and educational records. The background investigation will also include a credit check and verification of character references being conducted. Applicants who are selected as finalists will be required to complete a Personal History Statement packet. Incomplete packets will preclude the applicant from being considered for this position.
  • Must pass a polygraph, psychological examination, and physical examination
  • Must be able to work any and all shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays as work demands

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