Employment Opportunity


Records Technician / Evidence Technician

Chehalis Police Department, Chehalis Washington

Salary: $48,024 to $58,392 per year

Final Filing Date: This position will remain open until filled with the first review of applications occuring April 15, 2024.

The City of Chehalis Police Department is hiring a Records Technician / Evidence Technician. This is a non-commissioned position responsible for front office records management and customer service, as well as collecting, receipting, storing, and the control of all physical evidence/property in the custody of the Chehalis Police Department.

As the Evidence Technician this employee will maintain chain of custody/evidence including receiving, packaging, recording, securing, preserving, and storing physical evidence and property (including chemicals, weapons, biohazards and valuables) in the custody of the Chehalis Police Department for use in criminal prosecutions. The employee is also responsible for the management of the property room including accurate inventory and record keeping of all evidence and property.

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Duties

As Evidence Technician:
  • Maintains chain of custody/evidence including receiving, packaging, recording, securing, preserving, and storing physical evidence/property (including chemical, weapons, biohazards and valuables) in the custody of the Chehalis Police Department for use in criminal prosecutions.
  • Achieves and maintains knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws related to evidence/property management.
  • Maintains manual and computerized records including chain of custody documents, property receipts, property control files, disposition of evidence/property and related reports. Maintains accreditation standards for all departmental evidence/property.
  • Maintains property room(s) and ensures all evidence/property is properly packaged, marked, and identified, and entered into the appropriate database. Inventories evidence/property based on departmental policy.
  • Within budgetary limitations, maintains and stocks evidence supplies used for processing crime scenes and/or gathering evidence.
  • Arranges for or transports evidence to the State Crime Lab for analysis.
  • Prepares detailed report of findings for court purposes and testifies in court. Prepares evidence and court exhibits and testifies in court as to proper chain of custody as required under subpoena.
  • Arranges for the storage and return of evidence and/or recovered stolen, found, or abandoned property.
  • Researches case and court files and obtains proper authorization for the disposition of all evidence/property.
  • Coordinates the proper release of evidence and property to rightful owners where appropriate.
  • Prepares non-returnable items for disposal in a manner prescribed by departmental policy/procedure, court order, federal law, and state statutes including purging all evidence/property in accordance with federal/state laws and established policies/procedures.
  • Prepares and coordinates the sale of unclaimed evidence/property in accordance with Federal, State, and/or departmental policy/procedures.
  • Assists in processing evidence at crime scenes, including searching for, identifying, and collecting items.
  • Serves as liaison between the department and other local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Prepares quarterly and yearly reports on evidence and property.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and processing of various confidential material and information. Works confidentially and with discretion at all times.
  • Successfully participates in and completes training and obtains and maintains certification and/or licensing and eligibility in:
    • Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX) Training
    • Washington State & FBI RAP Sheet Training
    • First Aid/CPR including bloodborne pathogens and use of AEDs (required as scheduled by the city)
  • Enters and updates data into department’s computer systems.
  • Learns, evaluates and applies applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations.
  • Maintains familiarity with city’s geography and landmarks.
  • Meets deadlines as directed and/or required by law.
As a Records Technician:
  • Performs routine clerical and administrative work in answering phones, receiving the public, providing customer assistance, cashiering, permitting and licensing, and data processing.
  • Answers incoming calls and routes callers or provides information as required.
  • Receives the public and answers questions, responds to inquiries from employees, citizens and others, and refers, to appropriate persons. Responds to the public in a courteous, respectful and tactful manner.
  • Handles daily reports by labeling, copying, scanning, filing, and forwarding copies to appropriate agency or office, logging and entering incidents, updating and final dispositions into law enforcement computer systems.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and processing of various confidential material and information. Works confidentially and with discretion at all times.
  • Successfully participates in and completes training and obtains and maintains certification and/or licensing and eligibility in:
    • Level II Washington State Patrol ACCESS terminal Certification.
    • FBI National Instant Background Check System (NICS) Certification
    • Washington State Department of Licensing Firearms Training
    • National Incident-Based Reporting System Uniform Crime Reporting (NIBRS/UCR) Certification
    • Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX) Training
    • Public Disclosure and Dissemination Training
    • Fingerprinting Certification
    • Washington State & FBI RAP Sheet Training
    • Washington State Patrol Omnixx Training
  • Completes monthly reports on National Crime Information Center / Washington Crime Information Center (NCIC/WACIC) validations and FBI/NIBRS reports.
  • Enters and updates data daily into department’s computer systems.
  • Serves as cashier, including receipting of payments.
  • Receives and processes concealed pistol licenses (CPL’s) and federal firearms licenses. Fingerprints applicants for CPL’s, Dealer Licenses and other professionals needing background checks.
  • Acts as liaison with court clerks on warrant entries, confirmations, quashing, dispositions and protection orders.
  • Assists in the custodial care of department documents and records, maintains filing systems, controls records, and indexes using moderate independent judgment.
  • Assists in summarizing monthly reports on various department activities.
  • Assists in fulfilling public records requests.
  • Operates radio and other office machines/equipment as required.
  • Learns, evaluates and applies applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations.
  • Maintains familiarity with city’s geography and landmarks.
  • Meets deadlines as directed and/or required by law.
OTHER DUTIES:
  • Engages in professional development through continuous training to increase both academic and non academic job-related skills.
  • Performs courier duties between the police department and other organizations both inside and outside city government.
  • Provides customer service including directing inquiries and issues to the appropriate department.
  • May be required to work weekends and before or after normal working hours.
  • Travels within city and county, as well as out of town, which may include attending conferences, seminars, and training sessions.
  • Follows all applicable safety rules and procedures.
  • And such other related tasks, duties and responsibilities as assigned.

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Requirements

Education and Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or GED equivalent.
  • Minimum of two years of related administrative, records, customer service, clerical or receptionist experience.
  • In place of the above requirements, any combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job may be considered as qualifying.
Licenses, Certifications and Other Requirements:
  • Must be 18 years or older at time of employment.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Drivers License with good driving record. Out of state applicants must possess valid license for state of residence and must obtain valid Washington State Drivers License within 30 days of appointment. Finalists for this position will be required to provide a Driving Record Abstract for review by the City of Chehalis.
  • Must successfully satisfy a background investigation including fingerprinting and review of criminal history.
  • Note: Due to Washington State Patrol requirements for user approval of the “A Central Computerized Enforcement Service System (ACCESS), applicants with a history of any level of felony conviction at any time are ineligible and will not be considered for this position. At the discretion of the employer, certain misdemeanor convictions may also cause an applicant to be considered ineligible for this position.
Working Knowledge Of:
  • Computers and electronic data processing, including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Office practices and procedures.
Skilled In:
  • Operating listed tools and/or equipment.
  • Accurate typing skills with a required minimum of 30 wpm.
Ability To:
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the general public and maintain composure in difficult and/or stressful situations with frequent interruptions and maintain a non-judgmental attitude towards others.
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing in English, and to understand, follow and transmit written and oral instructions.
  • Read, comprehend and write the English language.
  • Perform arithmetic computations and data entry functions accurately.
  • Work confidentially and with discretion.
  • Perform the physical demands and essential duties and responsibilities described.

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Posted: April 2, 2024


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