Senior Police Technician

Gresham, OR
Gresham Police Department

Salary: $56,268.00 – $71,736.00 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 18-17

Closing: 11/3/2017 3:00 PM Pacific



The City of Gresham has an exciting opportunity as a Senior Police Technician in the Police Department.  This full-time position is responsible for processing crime scenes and maintaining security and chain of custody for evidence and property which includes handling hazardous and contaminated evidence.

The City of Gresham’s Police Department works collaboratively with other area agencies.  The Senior Police Technician is part of the Investigations Division that consists of Criminalists, Police Technicians and Police Officers assigned to detective duties.

Gresham is the fourth largest city in the state of Oregon and is situated near the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood recreation area, and minutes from Portland.  Our city boasts a growing and diverse population.  This position plays an important role in promoting the City’s organizational value of public service through police crime scene processing.

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As a Senior Police Technician, you will assist in the investigation and processing of crime scenes.  This work involves examining crime scenes for evidence to include identifying, collecting and preserving physical evidence.  Photography of crime scenes to document visual evidence will be required.  You will also maintain control and chain of custody over physical evidence collected while ensuring proper handling, packaging, and transport of evidence to and from various police departments and crime laboratories.  Your effective communication skills will be used for report writing and courtroom testimony.

Additional assignments in this role may include inventory control through computerized records management system, assisting with the destruction of guns, drugs and bio-hazardous materials, and assisting citizens in locating property.  Responding to inquiries from police officers, court officers and the public will be important aspects of the Senior Police Technician.  You may also verify eligibility for individuals to possess firearms.

Your work in this position will be performed in the police station while sitting, standing or walking and at crime scenes in varying and extreme weather conditions and terrains.  Some physical exertion is required to lift equipment, objects or materials of varying weights exceeding 50 pounds.  There may be occasions when you will need to operate motor vehicles in adverse weather conditions when responding to or from work assignments.  You may need to handle evidence that is considered dangerous or toxic.

This position is subject to a rotating 24-hour on-call schedule; to be available to respond in an emergency.

Desired skills, traits and abilities include:

Knowledge of:

  • The methods used in fingerprinting.
  • Locating and obtaining trace evidence.
  • Photographic equipment and techniques to include photography under varying lighting and weather conditions
  • Basic audio and video data collection.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of investigation and evidence identification and collection.
  • Effective practices, methods, and techniques for storing and recording criminal evidence and personal property.
  • Law enforcement practices and procedures regarding evidence and personal property storage and disposition.
  • Procedures for identifying, analyzing, and comparing physical evidence.
  • Records management and maintenance techniques and practices.

Ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, public agencies, and members of the public.
  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Maintain accurate records and reports
  • Maintain confidentiality in highly sensitive situations.
  • Perform tedious and complex tasks under adverse conditions.
  • Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Education and Experience:
Any equivalent combination of training, education and experience which provides the employee with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job. A typical way to obtain these would be:

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. and 2 years of experience processing crime scenes.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Biology or other related science program.


Selection Process

Required application materials include:

  • a complete online application
  • answers to supplemental questions
  • cover letter 
  • resume 

**The first screening of applications will be on 10/20/2017 and successful candidates may be moved forward to an oral board prior to the closing date.**

A review of all application materials will be conducted to determine the most qualified candidates to be invited to an oral board interview. Faxed or mailed resumes will not be accepted in lieu of  the completed online application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you desire a modification of this process to accommodate a disability, please provide your request in writing, or by phone to 503-618-2729, upon submitting the required documents.

The City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law.Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran’s preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran’s disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.  All applications will be screened.  Applicants who move forward will be required to submit the attached Statement of Personal History (SPH).  The SPH is a lengthy form, it is recommended that you begin filling it out now but do not submit it until requested. Applicants will be notified by email, with detailed instructions about the document and a specific deadline for returning it.  The document can be found at under the “Guidelines for Applicants” tab. Please note that it will only open when using Internet Explorer as your internet browser.

Please direct any questions about this posting or selection process to 503-618-2729 or