Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Evidence Control Officer (40 Hour)

Recruitment #210324-8135FP-001

Introduction



Looking to start an exciting and fulfilling career? If so, we have a terrific opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), is recruiting for an Evidence Control Officer located in the Laboratory Support Services Section within the Division of Scientific Services (DSS) in Meriden. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position, on a Monday-Friday schedule.

We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, and paid time off!

The Evidence Control Officer will be responsible for evaluating the evidence received, requesting services and case history to ensure that the needs of the submitting agency can be met by the Division of Scientific Services.

DSS provides forensic support to local, state and federal agencies throughout Connecticut. This division is divided into three analytical Sections. They are the Chemical Analysis Section (including toxicology, controlled substances, and arson), the Forensic Biology/DNA Section, and the Identification Section (including computer crimes). The laboratory also has two non-analytical Sections. They are the Quality Section and Laboratory Support Services (including Administration, Evidence Receiving, and Case Management).

ABOUT DESPP

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish our mission, we will embody our core values with great PRIDE:
  • Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
  • Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
  • Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
  • Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
  • Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

Selection Plan

Candidate selected for an interview must provide the following at the time of interview:

State Employees:
  • Two (2) most recent performance evaluations
  • Cover letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13
Non State Employees:
  • Two (2) letters of professional reference from a current and/or previous supervisor
  • Cover Letter
  • Completed CT-HR-13.
Candidates who have been selected for employment with the Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection are subject to a detailed background investigation, including a fingerprint supported state and federal criminal history record check along with reference checks. Selection for employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation. Click here (CT-HR-13) to complete the Criminal Convictions addendum. The CT-HR-13 can also be found on the DAS website http://portal.ct.gov/das by typing in ""CT-HR-13"" into the ""Search Department of Administrative Services"" search field.

Also considered in this selection process: Any pending or disciplinary history within the past 2 years and review of attendance records.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at jake.ferrari@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Departments of Public Health, State Laboratory and Public Safety, Forensic Science Laboratory this class is accountable for prioritizing and cataloging physical evidence obtained from criminal actions.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Receives and prioritizes evidence according to prioritization schedule; catalogues each piece of evidence; maintains a physical inventory of evidence; ensures chain of custody of evidence; ensures proper storage methods, disposition and record keeping of evidence in accordance with state and federal regulations; acts as liaison with law enforcement and other government agencies regarding submission and/or disposition of evidence; conducts inquiries regarding status of cases for which evidence is on file; may assist in training new employees; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of methods of collection, packaging and preservation of evidence; knowledge of applicable statutes concerning seizure, reporting and disposition of evidence; knowledge of state and federal regulations concerning chain of custody of evidence; knowledge of operations of a high security and/or volume evidence storage facility including access control, storage methods, inventory control, disposition and record keeping; knowledge of methods utilized in analysis of physical evidence; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability in preparation of statistical reports.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Five (5) years of experience in evidence collection and/or disposition in a laboratory or law enforcement setting.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in forensic science or other closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in forensic science or other closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience communicating in person, on the phone, and in writing with a variety of constituents, including co-workers and the public.
  • Experience using methods of collection, packaging and preservation of evidence.
  • Experience working in a team atmosphere.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to work flexible hours.

CHARACTER REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the checking of references and facts in the application a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be conducted before persons are certified for permanent appointment.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substances.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.