SUMMARY The Evidence Technician is assigned to the Investigation Division and shall be responsible for collecting, receipting, storing, and control of physical evidence/property in the custody of the department. This position requires technical record keeping and preparation of evidence exhibits for court presentations and related courtroom testimony. Work is performed in accordance to federal and state laws plus established policies/procedures with considerable need for independent judgment and a high degree of accuracy. General supervision is received from a Detective Sergeant.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Receives, documents, stores, and ensures proper custody and control of physical evidence/ property in the custody of the department.
Processes and evaluates physical evidence; arranges for or transports evidence to the State Crime Lab and the Wisconsin Hygiene Lab for analysis.
Assists in processing evidence, including searching for, identifying, collecting and processing physical evidence.
Maintain manual and computerized records including evidence custody documents, chain of custody documents, property receipts, property control files, and related reports.
Prepares evidence and court exhibits and testify in court as required under subpoena.
Maintain property room(s) and arrange the storage and return of evidence and/or recovered
stolen, found, or abandoned property; coordinates the proper release of evidence and property to rightful owners where appropriate.
Prepare unreturnable items for disposal in a manner prescribed by department policies and procedures, court orders, federal laws, and state statutes.
Inspect, order, maintain, stock department equipment/supplies (within budgetary limitations) that are used for processing crime scenes and/or gathering evidence.
Operate a wide variety of computer hardware and software systems. Enter and maintain all information (some being confidential) received, as required and directed, into the Records Management System (RMS).
Perform all Crime Information Bureau (CIB) and National Crime Information
transactions as required and in accordance with state and federal regulations.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES None
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Working knowledge of Federal/State laws regarding search and seizure of physical evidence.
Working knowledge of fingerprinting and other procedures/techniques used to collect and preserve physical evidence of crime scene investigations.
Ability to use computers and computer aided technology (software/hardware/peripheral items).
Ability to attend various training schools and pass/maintain required certifications.
Ability to prepare accurate and complete reports.
Ability to work without direct supervision and exercise initiative.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of investigations and corresponding involved evidence.
Skill to develop and maintain working relationships with department personnel, other law enforcement and government agencies, crime labs, and District Attorney’s
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE High School degree
One year of post high school education with course work in accounting,
bookkeeping, math, and
secretarial science OR one year of police science or closely related course work that includes training in evidence collection/processing .
One year work experience in an office as a typist, secretary, or related area OR one year work experience in a law enforcement agency as a corrections officer, dispatcher, law enforcement officer or related area.
LANGUAGE SKILLS Good oral and written communication skills
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Good basic mathematical skills
REASONING ABILITY Must have the ability to evaluate situations, based on training/experience and policy/procedures, and make good decisions.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Maintain required certifications for CIB/TIME system.
Valid Wisconsin Drivers License.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
About fifty percent (50%) of the time is spent sitting/standing. The employee must possess dexterity to manipulate keys, keyboards, operate control boards and manage multiple tasks. About fifty percent (50%) of the time is spent doing low and medium lifting, low carrying, and low pushing/pulling. Required in unusual or non-routine situations would include kneeling and crouching.