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Evidence Technician

Bastrop Police Department, Bastrop, Texas

Salary: $18.92 - $22.44 Hourly

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

Under general supervision of the Administrative Lieutenant, performs evidence and property related duties in relation to Law Enforcement. Serves as a non-sworn represented member of the organization. The Evidence Technician has a variety of critical responsibilities and administrative duties within the property and evidence functions of the police department. These responsibilities include maintaining the evidentiary chain of custody and integrity of evidence and property. Under general supervision this position will receive, record, account for, store, safeguard, collect, load, transport, verify, research, release and disburse evidence, and found or abandoned property. This position maintains separate property areas and performs work as required. A significant degree of initiative, independent judgement, discretion, and confidentiality is paramount. All duties and tasks are expected to be performed in an attentive, effective, efficient, and safe manner. Performs related work as required.

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Duties:

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Supports, promotes, and emulates the values of the City of Bastrop Police Department and the law enforcement profession.
  • Maintains, organizes, inventories, and logs all property and evidence under the control of the department.
  • Receives, collects, stores, releases, inventories, controls, disposes, and maintains security of a wide variety of property and evidence.
  • Initiates inquiries on property and evidence to obtain information on ownership, release, and disposition.
  • Responsible for firearms, narcotics, biohazards, and large sums of money.
  • Coordinates tracking and research for firearms (via the ATF system).
  • Communicates information related to property and evidence in person, via telephone, written correspondence, and email.
  • Maintains certifications as necessary for position.
  • Prepares and coordinates property and evidence for shipment and/or transport to crime laboratories and other destinations as needed.
  • Assists at crime scenes when necessary and is subject to 24/7 on call.
  • Assists investigators and others in collecting, packaging, tracking, and transporting of evidence.
  • Instructs department personnel in best practices and proper methods of packaging all types of evidence property.
  • Works with department personnel to package and log evidence, obtain dispositions, and to obtain evidence destruction orders.
  • Prepares items for auction, release, or destruction in accordance with Texas State laws.
  • Processes firearms entering and leaving evidence room with appropriate agencies.
  • Follows current policy on proper evidence storage and handling.
  • Responsible for the proper disposition of all property in accordance with policy, law, and court orders.
  • Conducts mandated inspections and inventories of evidence room to include security systems, operating procedures, equipment readiness, and cleanliness.
  • Uses discretion effectively to determine a proper course of action consistent with the department mission.
  • Ensures compliance with Best Practices.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Testifies in Court.
  • Acts as a department liaison with other agencies both law enforcement and non-law enforcement.


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Requirements:

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Must have the ability to safely perform all the essential duties & responsibilities as required.
  • Must have excellent computer skills and be proficient with current version of the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must have the ability to learn the City of Bastrop Police Records Management system in order to accurately, input, identify, and track the status and transactions of all items.
  • Must have the ability to adhere to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures
  • Must ensure all behaviors comply with the City’s Employee Handbook.
  • Must demonstrate good communication and customer service skills.
Training and Experience:
  • High school diploma or GED; supplemented by two (2) years of experience in administration or law enforcement; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Certification as a Property and Evidence Room Technician preferred or must have the ability to obtain within (6) months of employment.
  • Continuous education in obtaining required certifications in the area of Crime Scenes and evidence handling.
Other Requirements:
  • Must possess a high degree of integrity working with confidential materials and information.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with coworkers, elected officials, and the public.
  • Must be able to work independently and organize work to meet deadlines with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to communicate and respond to a diverse community.
  • Ability to make decisions independently in accordance with established policies.
  • Ability to use initiative and proper judgement when carrying out tasks and responsibilities.
  • Experience with crime scene processing and evidence collection.
  • Knowledge of filing and records processing practices.
Physical requirements:
  • Some tasks are essentially sedentary, with occasional walking, bending, light lifting, or other restricted physical activities.
  • Some tasks involve some physical effort, i.e., some standing ad walking, or frequent light lifting (5-10 pounds); or minimal dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs, or body in the operation of shop/office equipment; extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.
  • Some tasks involve frequent walking, standing; some lifting and carrying of moderate weight (12-20 pounds); and/or the operation of vehicles, office, shop, or hand tools in which manipulative skills and hand-eye coordination are important ingredients of safe and/or productive operations.
  • Some tasks involve the regular, and at times sustained, performance of heavier physical tasks such as walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, working in confines spaces, and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-50 pounds) items and occasionally very heavy (100 pounds or over) items.
Working Conditions:
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Extensive travel throughout assigned designated patrol area via foot, auto, motorcycle, or bicycle;
  • Exposure to emotionally stressful, hostile, dangerous, emergency situations and/or condition;
  • Indoor/outside working conditions with exposure to extreme variable conditions.
Environmental Requirements:
  • Some tasks require exposure to adverse environmental conditions (e.g. dirt, cold, rain, fumes). Some tasks require exposure to extreme heat/cold or extreme weather conditions.
  • Some tasks require exposure to strong odors and/or smoke.
  • Some tasks require exposure to strong and/or toxic chemicals.
  • Some tasks require exposure to dust or pollen.
  • Some tasks may require exposure to elements that can cause illness (e.g., pathogenic substances, virus, parasites).
Sensory Requirements:
  • Some tasks may require color perception and discrimination.
  • Some tasks may require sound perception and discrimination.
  • Some tasks require odor perception and discrimination.
  • Some tasks require depth perception and discrimination.
  • Some tasks require texture perception and discrimination.
  • Some tasks may require visual perception and discrimination.
  • Some tasks require oral communications ability.

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Posted: October 1, 2022


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