Police Evidence Specialist

City of Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR3.9

22 days agoFull-time$45,000 - $57,000 a year
The Police Evidence Specialist receives, classifies, inventories, stores, dispenses, destroys and returns evidence and property connected with criminal activities, and lost and found property; maintains paper and electronic inventory systems and ensures that the chain of command and integrity of evidence is preserved.

Working hours: Work hours are usually ten-hour (four days a week), day shift or modified swing and may include weekend hours, holidays and call outs.

Accepting On-Line Applications Only


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, December 17, 2018 @ 5:00pm

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following
Receives, inventories, stores and disposes of stolen, abandoned and found property, including diverse personal property items, computers, firearms, jewelry and money; a variety of crime scene materials collected for analysis and/or evidence, which may include property listed previously as well as hazardous materials such as medical/biological waste, illegal drugs, computers or pharmaceuticals, blood, semen, urine, or clothing, marijuana and marijuana plants which may contain pathogenic mold.

Ensures that property and evidence is secure from theft, loss or contamination.

Maintains accurate manual and automated inventory systems and records of all property and evidence; properly marks, tags, and packages evidence and property as required.

May retrieve and transport evidence from crime scene; transports evidence to state laboratory for analysis as required.

Responsible for safe storage of evidence and for ensuring that chain of custody is clearly preserved whenever evidence is received or is removed from property room.

May assist detectives and/or officers with showing and identifying evidence in court; may testify as to chain of custody, policy and procedures.

Determines ownership of property or evidence by checking police reports, law enforcement computer systems and other public records.

Works directly with the public, both on the telephone and in person, answering questions about evidence being held and lost property.

Maintain clean and orderly property storage facilities.

Evaluates public request for release of evidence and property; checks that case is completed or statute of limitations have run out before releasing property; checks for outstanding warrants and whether release has been authorized, before releasing property; photographs property and evidence used in criminal cases before releasing it to owners.

Checks case reports for authorization to dispose of evidence and property; assists in the disposal of evidence and unclaimed property through various disposal processes or auctions; purges items from inventory records.

Stays abreast of local, state and federal laws involving property-evidence handling and recommend appropriate changes.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Department personnel and the general public.

Actively supports and respects diversity in the workplace.

May supervise volunteers.

Performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of:
Methods and procedures used in receiving and storing property.

Departmental policies and procedures as applied to property and evidence storage as well as confidentiality.

Applicable City, State and federal laws and statutes covering evidence and property, including disposal, statute of limitation, State finders law.

General court systems process and use of evidence.

Maintaining organized records, inventories, and tracking systems.

Police computer systems and other computer programs.

Proper handling of sensitive and dangerous evidence, such as drugs and firearms.

Proper handling of sensitive and dangerous evidence.

Ability to:
Properly store criminal evidence and property.

Follow proper procedures to preserve and maintain custody of evidence, and to maintain accurate records.

Ensure proper disposition of evidence/property.

Handle confidential matters.

Explain department and city ordinances/procedures as to property releases, evidence, found property and disposals.

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Work effectively with police professionals and the public.

Follow written and oral instructions.

Use on-line police computer systems.

Operate a variety of business machines, such as computers, Audio/Visual (A/V) duplication equipment including audio cassette, VHS, 8mm, CD & DVD and other digital equipment, copier, scales, etc.

Operate property/evidence vehicle.

Simultaneously handle numerous inquiries or requests.

Photograph property/evidence prior to release or for court purposes.

Maintain physical agility to stock, lift, and retrieve evidence or property.

Maintain safe working environment.

Pass a police background investigation.

No felony convictions at any time

No Class "A" misdemeanors within the last 24 months.

Experience and Training Guidelines - Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience and Training:
High school diploma or G.E.D., with additional training in law enforcement and/or property and evidence management. Two years experience as an inventory clerk, property management, warehousing or computerized record management. Experience with storing police evidence is desirable. Or any combination of experience and training that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skill and abilities as listed, and the ability to perform the examples of work.

License and Certificate:
Valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).

LEDS certification is preferred, but not required.