Property & Evidence Technician

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$39,663.31 - $66,105.10 Annually
Posted
Oct 09, 2021
Closes
Oct 30, 2021
Ref
21-02134
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 police 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

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • 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;
  • 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

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • 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 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Familiarity with Police Department policies and procedures.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Driver's License (Required)

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

The appointee to this position must submit to a criminal background check, credit check, driver's license check, pre-employment medical evaluation, polygraph exam and tuberculosis test to the satisfaction of the employer.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Work requires ability to walk, stand, bend, and lift moderately heavy items up to 50 lbs. Operate keyboard-driven equipment; drive a motor vehicle; operate a forklift; climb a ladder and climb into the cargo area of a large truck/Trailer. Incumbent is subject to random drug testing. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview; may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status 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.

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