Employment Opportunity

Evidence Specialist/ Property Room Manager

Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Salary: $46,467.20 - $65,041.60 Annually

Final Filing Date: September 30, 2022

Provides expertise and management of the collection, processing and control of evidence; performs specialized duties as both a technician and custodian of evidence, as well as the first-line supervisor for the Evidence Unit; represents the Police Bureau in various external settings.

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Examples Of Essential Duties
  • Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.
  • Conduct crime scene searches and identify evidence.
  • Package, store, log and retrieve evidence and property.
  • Track and maintain the "chain of custody" of evidence.
  • Document and process evidence collected.
  • Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
  • Testify in court and present evidence.
  • Dispose of evidence and return property to owners pursuant to policies and law.
  • Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes, during autopsies, or in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
  • Follow safe practices in the performance of duties.
  • Coordinate crime scene searches and processing.
  • Serve as the on-scene supervisor for the crime scene processing team at major crime scene incidents, such as homicides.
  • Assist prosecutors as the Bureau liaison to defense attorneys wishing to view evidence in LCPD custody.
  • Supervise the Evidence Specialist(s), as well as officers, detectives and support staff during the performance of evidence handling and crime scene processing duties with the Evidence Unit.
  • Perform latent fingerprint analysis and comparison.
  • Manage the use and operation of the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) terminal.
  • Supervise the use of the County’s digital scanner/ crime scene diagramming equipment and software.
  • Serve as liaison to the Coroner for death investigations.
  • Provide training to Bureau staff, including crime scene management, evidence collection and processing.
  • Serve as the Bureau liaison with forensic laboratories in evidence matters.
  • Manage the efficient and effective operation of the Evidence/ Property Room and other storage locations.
  • Maintain supply of evidence packaging and processing materials, equipment and the Mobile Forensic Unit.
  • Serve as a member of the Lancaster County Forensic Team.
  • Maintain strict confidentially with Law Enforcement sensitive matters.
  • Prepare and maintain budget for the Evidence/ Property Room. Coordinate purchase of supplies and equipment.
  • Remain abreast of local, state, and federal laws involving property/evidence handling.

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Education, Training and Experience
  • Graduation from High School or completion of a GED required. Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Criminalistics, Forensic Science or a related area of concentration preferred.
  • At least five years of progressive experience as an evidence custodian and/ or crime scene specialist, whose primary responsibilities involve the handling and custody of evidence, management of Evidence/ Property Room operations, as well as crime scene management and processing.
  • Documented advanced training by a law enforcement agency, government agency, or other recognized law enforcement training facility in evidence documentation, collection, processing, and control techniques is required, such as successful completion the Crime Scene Technology Series through Harrisburg Area Community College or equivalent training.
Licenses and Certificate
  • Possession of a valid Pennsylvania State Driver's License is required.
Environmental Conditions
  • Indoors, environmentally controlled.
  • Outdoor, exposed to inclement weather and extreme temperature.
  • Exposure to noise and pollution.
Safety Equipment Used or Needed
  • Requires, the use of protective equipment, due to frequent exposure and contact with blood and other body fluids.
  • Requires frequent lifting up to 75 lbs.
  • Requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle, including a box type truck.
  • Requires frequent walking, standing and kneeling.
  • Requires ability to mentally, physically and emotionally process difficult situations related to crime, crime scenes, and tragedy.
  • Requires being present at autopsies and unpleasant crime scenes involving violence and death.
  • No previous criminal court convictions, civil adjudication, disciplinary actions, or other issues that would bring credibility, character, or integrity into question within the Bureau of Police or the Court system.
  • Satisfactory passing of drug screening, background investigation, polygraph, and all requirements of the Criminal
  • History Records Act, Chapter 91 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code is required.
  • Requires working long hours and must be available after hours, weekends and holidays, as well as being available to be called in at all hours of the day and/or night, to handle evidence and crime scenes.
  • Schedule requires working rotating shifts of day and evening shifts, as well as Saturdays. These hours typically mirror those of Investigative Division.
  • This description was prepared to indicate the kinds of activities and levels of work difficulty required of positions in this class. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of law enforcement operations and procedures is required.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in evidence handling and crime scene processing is required.
  • Experience overseeing and managing the operation of an Evidence/ Property Room is required.
  • Proven ability to handle evidence in a manner that withstands the scrutiny of the Court is required.
  • Proven ability to provide clear and accurate testimony in Court proceedings.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle on private and public streets is required.
  • Proven basic computer skills required for data entry, word processing, and Internet.
  • Proven ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English is required.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate successfully with others is required.
  • Proven ability to adapt to new or changed situations and to show flexibility in making improvements in work processes and operations is required.
  • Proven ability to exhibit customer-centered behaviors and to focus on customer needs is required.
  • Proven ability to commit to excellence in service and to continuous improvement is required

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