Property & Evidence Technician

7 days left

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$38,462.94 - $64,104.35 Annually
Posted
Apr 13, 2019
Closes
Apr 26, 2019
Ref
19-00801
Industry
Specialty Trades
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Responsible for receiving, processing, storing and the safekeeping of property and evidence from law enforcement personnel to preserve all incoming property from contamination, theft or loss. Maintains and updates property documentation with tracking information, commonly referred to as the "chain of custody." Safeguards and maintains proper integrity and chain of evidence. Inspects and observes evidence received from officers to determine compliance with prescribed packaging standards and to ensure all items are accounted for. Catalogs evidence and found property for storage and easy retrieval according to prescribed procedures and regulations. Conducts purges to destroy unwanted evidence as required by law or regulations, and properly documents the final disposition on departmental forms or memorandums.

Illustrative Duties

  • Oversees the processing of property and evidence from law enforcement personnel;
  • Tracks and accounts for high valued items recovered by officers in assigned areas;
  • Inventories and issues a variety of documents, forms and police equipment;
  • Inspects and observes evidence received to determine compliance with prescribed packaging standards and to ensure all items are accounted for;
  • Catalogs evidence and found property for storage and easy retrieval according to prescribed procedures and regulations;
  • Oversees the collection of evidence from Police Department cadets and rejects improperly collected evidence;
  • Conducts purges to destroy unwanted evidence as required by law or regulation;
  • Preserves all incoming property from contamination, theft, or loss;
  • Maintains and updates property documentation with tracking information, commonly referred to as the "chain of custody";
  • Safeguards and maintains proper integrity and chain of evidence;
  • Ensures that all releases and dispositions of property are legal and properly documented;
  • Arranges and documents interim releases and returns of property for court, crime lab analysis, or investigative use;
  • Responds to inquiries from both law enforcement personnel and citizens concerning property in custody;
  • Enters information pertaining to property and evidence status into computer terminals for evidence tracking and management;
  • Prepares and forwards property-related forms to requesting units and agencies;
  • Serves as liaison between the department and other local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies;
  • Provides for maintenance of the storage facility;
  • Inventories property based on the policy demands of the department;
  • Ensures that all efforts are taken to make the property room as safe as possible for employees as well as property;
  • Prepares evidence and recovered property for Destruction, Auctions, Charitable Contributions or conversion to County Use;
  • Audits station property rooms to ensure compliance with rules of evidence, state code and departmental regulations;
  • Releases property and evidence to designated personnel following prescribed procedures;
  • Performs physical inventories of the property and evidence;
  • Collects, produces and maintains written documentation;
  • Contacts vendors, coordinate deliveries and corrects shipment errors;
  • Maintains computerized records on the disposition of evidence and other impounded property;
  • Delivers evidence to courts and testifies on the disposition of evidence when necessary;
  • May operate a forklift to move impounded property.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Property Room procedures and policies;
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and County criminal and civil codes and regulations;
  • Knowledge of basic principles and practices of warehousing;
  • Knowledge of computer terminal data input and retrieval processes;
  • Knowledge of modern evidence storage practices;
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws related to property management and storage;
  • Knowledge of State, County and Federal laws to ensure proper destruction methods are followed;
  • Ability to understand and follow handling, retrieval and disposal procedures;
  • Ability to conduct accurate inventories of all property and evidence;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and the public;
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information, material or evidence;
  • Ability to perform required tasks including lifting, stooping, bending and working in uncomfortable positions;
  • Ability to operate a forklift;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of ethical standards;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity and be truthful at all times.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to high school graduation or a GED issued by a state department of education and two years of experience in warehouse operations such as receiving, issuing and storing materials, inventory/supply administration, storage and records management; or handling and processing sensitive and confidential documents, material or information.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
The following certifications must be obtained within one year of appointment to this position, based on availability of training:
  • Certification as a Property & Evidence Specialist with the International Association for Property and Evidence;
  • Certification as a Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) Operator Level B.
  • Valid driver's license.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Appointee must successfully complete a public safety background check, driving record check, and polygraph examination prior to appointment to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • Must have never committed, been involved in, or been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • Incumbent is subject to random drug testing.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Familiarity with police department procedures
  • Five (5) years of law enforcement experience with a satisfactory record service and separation
  • Forklift certification
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Work requires the ability walk, stand, bend and lift moderately heavy items up to 50 lbs. Must be able to operate keyboard-driven equipment; drive a motor vehicle; operate a forklift; climb a latter and climb into the cargo area of a large truck/ trailer. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview; may include exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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