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Crime Scene/Lead Evidence Technician

Bremerton, WA
Bremerton Police Department

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. In addition, this is the lead position in the Bremerton Police Department property room.

Salary $27.49 – $32.36 Hourly

Closing 11/27/2019 5:00 PM Pacific

Responsibilities:

• 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 the scene. Log, label, package, and transport evidence.
• Process evidence collected at crime scenes for forensic examinations.

Qualifications:

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. Two years' experience processing crime scenes is preferred.

• Good driving record and maintain a Washington State Driver's License
• Must pass a background investigation which includes a truth verification examination.
• Law Enforcement background preferred.
• Must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident who can read and write the English language (RCW 41.14.100).