Placer County

Evidence Technician - I (#16401)

$24.91-$31.11 Hourly / $4,317.73-$5,392.40 Monthly / $51,812.80-$64,708.80 Yearly

Evidence Technician - II (#16403)

$27.46-$34.29 Hourly / $4,759.73-$5,943.60 Monthly / $57,116.80-$71,323.20 Yearly


DEFINITION

To perform a variety of tasks associated with the collection, maintenance and preservation of evidence; in a non-sworn technical capacity, to perform field and laboratory photographic and technical evidence work; and to maintain criminal identification records and evidence as part of the investigation and prosecution work of the Department.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Evidence Technician I
This is the entry level class in the Evidence Technician series.  This class is distinguished from the journey level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series.  Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level.  Since this class is typically used as a training class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.  Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

Evidence Technician II
This is the full journey level class within the Evidence Technician series.  This class is distinguished from the Evidence Technician I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Evidence Technician I
Receives immediate supervision from supervisory and/or management staff of the Sheriff's Department, may receive technical supervision from the Evidence Technician II.

Evidence Technician II
Receives general supervision from supervisory and/or management staff of the Sheriff's Department.
May exercise technical or functional supervision over Evidence Technician I personnel.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee the preparation, identification and maintenance of assigned evidence and found property.
  • Perform field forensic work under the direction of sworn staff; search for and collect physical evidence; photograph and video record crime scenes; make diagrams and log items collected from each location; process and send out blood and urine samples to be analyzed; conduct specialized tasks in photography, latent fingerprint development and other evidence collection as required.
  • Identify and preserve evidence; make evidence available for viewing and courtroom presentations; book property into and out of evidence to preserve the chain of evidence; maintain evidence rooms and storage areas in an organized and orderly fashion; maintain detailed filing systems and records on all booked property; destroy and release property; inventory monies and narcotics; generate reports and assist other members of the Department with investigations as required.
  • Classify and identify fingerprints; assist in identification matters with Federal, State and local authorities; prepare fingerprint displays for court; compare latent fingerprints to known and unknown suspects and victims; maintain and use files and computer systems in order to identify suspects; maintain and operate equipment for processing of fingerprints.
  • Take official and personnel photographs for the purpose of identification and evidence; take photographs relating to evidence in support of criminal investigations in the field, at autopsies and in-house; enlarge crime scene photographs to be utilized as courtroom exhibits; maintain files of photographs.
  • Cooperate and work closely with other law enforcement agencies in identification matters as required.
  • Requisition materials and supplies as necessary; monitor budget of Unit; assist supervisory personnel and other staff in identifying future budgetary needs.
  • Instruct and assist officers in the proper use of photographic and fingerprint equipment.
  • Prepare various written reports as necessary.
  • Provide testimony in court as directed.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Evidence Technician I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: One year of clerical or administrative experience. Related work experience in a law enforcement setting is preferred.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Evidence Technician II

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Two years of responsible evidence collection and preparation experience performing duties similar to an Evidence Technician I with Placer County.

Training: Formal or informal education or training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance.  Additional specialized training in evidence collection, law enforcement or a related field is desirable.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Evidence Technician I

Knowledge of:

  • Basic law enforcement terminology and operations.
  • Basic police reports.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • Learn modern criminal identification techniques, emphasizing photography and fingerprinting.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze crime scenes; develop evidence to be processed; identify, interpret, explain and enforce evidentiary and other law enforcement procedures; review and interpret case reports; and maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • On an intermittent basis, walk, stand, climb, kneel and bend while inspecting crime scenes; write or use a keyboard to communicate; and occasionally lift heavy weight.
  • Learn to operate equipment and materials used in photographic and fingerprint work, including darkroom techniques and sophisticated computer programs and equipment.
  • Learn to take photographs with some degree of sophistication.
  • Learn to perform fingerprint comparisons and analyses.
  • Learn to perform more sophisticated field forensics.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Work unusual and prolonged work schedules if necessary.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Type at a speed necessary for successful job performance.

Evidence Technician II

In addition to the qualifications for the Evidence Technician I:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of evidence collection, analysis and management, in addition to advanced criminal identification techniques emphasizing photography and fingerprinting.
  • Modern methods, practices and techniques of law enforcement work including knowledge of criminal investigation and crime scene analysis.
  • Use of various electronic video equipment.
  • Standard fingerprint classification methods, practices, records and equipment.
  • Photography and the various methods of printing, developing and enlarging negatives to pictures.
  • Principles and practices of work safety, including the handling of urine and blood samples.
  • Basic law enforcement report preparation.
  • Basic record keeping and budgeting techniques.

Ability to:

  • Perform a variety of evidentiary collection methods and analyses, emphasizing photography and fingerprinting, including the performance of latent fingerprint comparisons and analysis; elementary laboratory developing, printing and enlarging of photographs for courtroom presentation; and more sophisticated field forensics.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze crime scenes; develop evidence to be processed; identify, interpret, explain and enforce evidentiary and other law enforcement procedures; review and interpret case reports; and maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • On an intermittent basis, walk, stand, climb, kneel and bend while inspecting crime scenes; write or use a keyboard to communicate; and occasionally lift heavy weight.
  • Operate equipment and materials used in photographic and fingerprint work and take photographs with some degree of sophistication.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Lift latent fingerprints and classify fingerprints accurately.
  • Interpret and apply a variety of regulations and procedures dealing with criminal investigations.
  • Maintain detailed records relating to evidence.
  • Prepare and monitor a routine budget.
  • Work under pressure.

CLASS: 16401; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;
CLASS: 16403; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;