Evidence/Crime Scene Technician

City of Bremerton - Bremerton, WA3.0

Full-time
General Function
This position has the responsibility of safeguarding the storage of, and accounting for, a large collection of case evidence, items for safekeeping, and found property. The position requires working at crime scenes, conducting forensic examinations, and processing evidence utilizing forensic techniques in the lab, preparing field and lab reports, and testifying to findings.

Representative Essential Duties and Responsibilities
(Note – this list is intended only to illustrate the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements does not exclude them from the position.)

  • Maintain physical security and control of all evidence and property entered in the system, including high value items such as vehicles, controlled substances, money, and firearms. This includes maintaining and documenting the continuous chain-of-custody for all items in the system.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate, complete records of property and evidence received to satisfy local and State audit requirements and legal standards. Conduct inventories and assist with audits of all areas of work.
  • Maintain a tracking system to ensure property is returned to rightful owners or is disposed of in an appropriate manner.
  • Plan and coordinate on-line auctions of unclaimed or forfeited property.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the property room where janitorial personnel are not admitted, and ensure the appearance and maintenance of the assigned City vehicles are kept up.
  • Provides training to Law Enforcement Officers on forensics and related topics.
  • Testify in court.
  • Aggressively seek to purge items from the property and evidence system, in accordance with strict policy and procedures, to ensure a manageable inventory is maintained.
  • Evaluate items of evidence entered into the system to ensure compliance with packaging and documentation standards.
  • Respond to evidence and property inquiries from the general public and official authorities, in person, by phone, correspondence, or e-mail. Draft letters to individuals regarding the disposition of their personal property.
  • Respond to crime scenes. Photograph and forensically process and document the scene. Log, label, package, and transport evidence.
  • Process evidence collected at crime scenes for forensic examinations.
  • Prepare and transport or transmit evidence to the Washington State Crime Lab for forensic analysis. Collect items returned from the lab and inform the appropriate authorities of the analysis results. Maintain records of the transfers.
  • Properly manage bio-medical evidence such as bloody clothing or sexual assault kits.
  • Perform a variety of analytical examinations of evidence, including photography, processing items for latent fingerprints, presumptive testing, and serial number restorations using various accepted methods.
  • Undertakes special projects, studies, and other appropriate activities as assigned by the Chief of Police or other designee.
Other Duties
– Regular attendance is an essential requirement
– Performs related work as assigned and/or required

Qualifying Education and Experience (Minimum Requirements)
Graduation from high school and two years community college or continuing education, and five years of progressively responsible office experience in records maintenance or similar area; or any combination of experience and training that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must have basic warehousing and inventory control experience. Must have at least two years experience in property and evidence handling and management.

  • Must have a good driving record and maintain a Washington State Driver's License
  • Must pass a background investigation which includes a truth verification examination and a drug test.
  • Law Enforcement background preferred.
  • Must be a US citizen who can read and write the English language (RCW 41.14.100).
Knowledge of:
  • Record inventory or inventory control, file management, and/or warehouse maintenance.
  • Standard office practices and procedures, including computer word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Federal, State, and local laws regarding the handling, storing, and disposing of evidence.
  • Courtroom procedures.
  • Knowledge of specialized departmental functions, legislative developments, and City standards related to work.
  • Computer database systems and ability to create and maintain database-tracking systems as needed.
Ability to:
  • To learn crime scene investigation and forensics techniques relating to advanced photography; approved evidence collection methods; Automated Fingerprint ID System; latent fingerprint recovery; generally accepted laboratory processing techniques, proper handling of hazardous, caustic and flammable substances and chemicals; standard lab safety procedures; and chain of custody procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form and deal with the public courteously and tactfully.
  • Use appropriate independent judgment, reasoning, and analytical skills to develop credible and accurate conclusions based on data.
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion in sensitive situations.
  • Calculate math problems and use conversion tables.
  • Demonstrate detail-oriented organizational skills.
  • Work independently and cooperatively with others.
  • Work within rigid rules and meet established deadlines.
  • Use powders, chemicals, and crime scene related equipment.
  • Work in environments of unpleasant sights and odors.
  • Read and write the English language.
  • Learn the job related skills necessary for the position.
Examination Process
Applicants can apply on-line at http://www.ci.bremerton.wa.us/169/Current-Jobs, or application packets may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, Cobweb, or by calling (360) 473-5241.

Required Application materials: City application and personal résumé are required. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Required application materials must be returned to the Human Resources Office by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. The City of Bremerton is NOT responsible for errors of any kind with faxed or e-mailed application packets. Original signature is required on paper application forms. It is the responsibility of the applicant to carefully list all pertinent experience and training.

Appraisal of Experience and Education/Training: Application packets will be evaluated on the basis of information provided. Applicant's education, training, and experience will be assessed. The passing score is 70%.

Oral Examination: A panel will evaluate the applicant's training, experience, and ability to perform the job.

Placement on the eligibility list is determined by weighted examination scores as follows:

Appraisal of application packet regarding Experience and Education/Training -
Passing Score 70% - Weight 40%

Oral Examination - Passing Score 70% - Weight 60%

Applicants must achieve a score of 70% or better on each portion of the exam in order to be placed on the hiring list.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES: Applicants with disabilities who will need special accommodation for examination must advise Human Resources no later than one (1) week prior to the scheduled examination so that appropriate arrangements can be made. (360) 473-5347.

Appointment and Removal Authority: The position is filled by appointment by the Department Head. Removal is by action of the Department Head in conformance with Civil Service Rules.

This classification specification does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and employee. It is subject to change by the City, with approval by the Civil Service Commission, as the needs of the City and requirements change.

LEGAL and REGULATORY EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS

Fair Labor Standards Act: The classification is non-exempt under the laws of Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime provisions.

Representation: The classification is included in the bargaining unit pursuant to the Recognition Article of the current labor agreement between the City of Bremerton and the Teamsters Local 589.

Civil Service: The classification is included in the City's Civil Service System.

APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR HIRE MUST SUCCESSFULLY PASS A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION INCLUDING CRIMINAL HISTORY, AND TRUTH VERIFICATION EXAMINATION.

Any applicant who wishes to appeal any part of an examination shall file an appeal in writing with the Civil Service Officer within five (5) working days (Civil Service Rule 9.29A) following administration of the examination.

Application packets may be obtained from the City of Bremerton Human Resources Department, City of Bremerton's webpage, OR by calling the Civil Service Officer at (360) 473-5833.

The City of Bremerton is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
committed to a diverse workforce.