Employment Opportunity

Evidence Collection Technician

New York City Department of Correction, Queens, New York

Salary: $68,996.00 – $79,345.00 per year

Final Filing Date: July 26, 2024

The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) is an integral part of the City’s evolving criminal justice system, participating in reform initiatives and strategies aimed to move the City towards a smaller jail system without compromising public safety. The DOC is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for our employees, visitors, volunteers, and people in our custody. Importantly, safe jails enable DOC to provide people in custody with the tools and opportunities they need to successfully re-enter their communities. The DOC operates facilities and court commands across the five boroughs with more than 7,500 diverse professionals and knowledgeable experts.

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The DOC seeks to recruit Evidence Technicians for its Correction Intelligence Bureau. Under executive direction and with latitude to exercise independent judgement, the incumbent will be responsible for:
  • Processing crime scenes and ensuring proper evidence collection, which is critical to the successful investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.
  • Respond to, secure, document, and process crime scenes, including but not limited to incidents involving, deaths, assaults on staff, inmate on inmate assaults, destruction of property, fires, contraband recoveries, and escapes.
  • Work in coordination with Investigators from the Correction Intelligence Bureau, assisting with the collection, analysis, and preservation of physical evidence related to ongoing criminal investigations.
  • Oversee the Evidence Control Section, where all evidence, found items, and contraband seizures are invoiced and housed.
  • Routinely conduct tours to all the DOC facilities, meeting with facility management to obtain evidence or take custody of impermissible items that have either been seized or turned in.
  • Serve as a liaison with vendors, independent labs, and other city law enforcement entities as required.
  • Assist the department in training staff in proper evidence collection protocols and are often required to provide testimony in criminal or other legal proceedings.
  • Prepare written reports on all evaluations and analyses

 Earn a Degree in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Science, Computer Forensics or Forensic Psychology


Minimum Qualifications
  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and two years of full-time paid experience in correction, social work, psychology, law, public administration or related field providing direct services to an inmate or detention population within a correctional or related facility; or
  2. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State’s Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization and four years of full-time paid experience as described in “1” above; or
  3. Education and/or experience equivalent to "1" or "2" above. Service as an inmate in a correctional or related facility may be substituted for a portion of the required experience up to a maximum of two years on a year for year basis. A graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in social work, psychology, law, criminal justice or public administration which includes a field placement performing duties as described above may be substituted for up to one year of full-time paid experience as described above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of full-time paid experience as described in "1" above.
Preferred Skills
  • Evidence Technicians should have a strong investigative background, with excellent communication skills, strong analytical and report writing abilities. Extensive knowledge of accepted methods of crime scene processing, evidence handling, and evidence processing is desired. The successful candidate must clear a background investigation and have a valid driver’s license.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://studentaid.gov/pslf/.
Residency Requirement
  • New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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Posted: July 9, 2024

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