Property & Evidence Clerk

Washington D.C
Oct 15, 2021
Oct 17, 2021
Full Time

The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) is responsible for the enforcement of laws, regulations, and ordinances for crimes committed on, to, or against facilities owned, controlled, or operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The incumbent selected to fill the role for the Property & Evidence Clerk will safeguard, collect, store, retrieve, release and properly dispose of evidence and property, while maintaining an evidence database. The tasks associated with this position involves accountability, organization, attention to detail, inventory and tracking.

Experience with inventory, storing property or materials and collected evidence in a law enforcement background are preferred.

The Metro Transit Police Department has tristate jurisdiction and operates in the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Property & Evidence Clerk offers a competitive starting annual salary of $44,271.00. Those who are eligible, may receive a higher starting salary up to $60K depending on years of experience and qualifications. In addition, the Metro Transit Police Department offers a rich benefit package to include health, dental, group life insurance, paid holidays, annual and sick leave, 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and 401a Plan as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible spending accounts, and free transportation on Metrobus and rail.



  • An Associate's degree in business administration, accounting logistics or a related field
    • In lieu of an Associate's degree, a High School Diploma or GED and two (2) additional years of experience in receiving and storing property and materials, as a storekeeper, stock clerk, general warehouse inventory control clerk, or property clerk may be considered.

  • One year of experience in receiving and storing property and materials, as a storekeeper, stock clerk, general warehouse inventory control clerk, or property clerk.

  • A valid Driver's License


  • Training related to property management and the legalities of evidence

  • One year of experience in receiving and storing property and evidence in a law enforcement setting.

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.


Property and Evidence Clerk receives, records, stores, and safeguards evidence collected from crime investigations and arrests. Prepares records of articles according to chain of custody procedures and maintains evidence database. The Property and Evidence Clerk releases property or evidence being retained to designated party for court presentation or other disposition. Maintains storage facility and coordinates proper disposal of sensitive materials including narcotics, bio-hazardous materials, and firearms. Locates owners and releases property to rightful owner after ensuring proper authorization for release.

  • Handles and processes property and evidence. Receives property and evidence and issues receipts; categorizes and stores property that has been recovered. Maintains security and cleanliness of property and evidence storage area.
  • Ensures property and evidence are received, stored and released while maintaining the chain of custody and other legal requirements. Releases property to rightful owner after ensuring proper authorization for release. Prepares evidence for pending court proceedings. Maintains proper chain of custody records for the evidence or owners' property.
  • Locates and calls owners of property and releases it to rightful owner, after ensuring proper authorization for release. Determines that the evidence or owner's property can be appropriately released by the police department.
  • Documents and retrieves evidence or property items from after-hours locker facility.
  • Prepares periodic reports related to evidence and property held by MTPD. Disposes unclaimed property and other property in accordance with federal, state, city, and departmental rules and regulations. Coordinates with other departments and external entities related to evidence and property stored, disposed, and unclaimed.
  • Prepares and maintains detailed and continuous records of evidence and property inventory. Enters information from reports into a computer database. Prepares computer generated Property & Evidence disposal forms for case department law enforcement members review. Maintains evidence and property computer data base recording all transactions from date of receipt to date of disposal. Ensures that all evidence and property inventory data is recorded accurately in the computer database and the proper storage, tracking, and disposal of evidence and property.
  • Coordinates with other law enforcement and non-law enforcement agencies in order to locate evidence and property and assists owners in locating their property.
  • Notifies supervisor of chain of custody and inventory discrepancies in records and of Property & Evidence matters and items. Ensures accountability and records any discrepancies pertaining to evidence and property.
  • Interacts with the public routinely while releasing property and explaining procedures.

  • Answers routine telephone inquiries and refers phone calls when appropriate.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.