Recruitment #2209-6301-001


The Tucson Police Department (TPD) invites applicants for the position of Evidence Technician. The Property and Evidence Section of TPD is responsible for the storage, tracking, safeguarding and proper disposal of items collected by law enforcement. Property and Evidence personnel operate on a four/ten-hour day schedule from 6:30am to 5pm with three days off (typically Fri/Sat/Sun or Sat/Sun/Mon). All personnel share a rotating “on call” assignment (with stand-by pay) every 4-12 weeks. When it is your week “on call”, there is the possibility of responding to crime scenes at any time (day or night) including holidays. 

Candidates must have strong problem-solving and effective communication skills, be detail-oriented, flexible, and proficient in Microsoft applications (i.e. Word, Excel, Windows).

Under general guidance from the Police Evidence Supervisor, the Evidence Technician will retrieve, secure, release, auction, and destroy property that may consist of clothing, furniture, narcotics, firearms, and biohazardous materials.

The working conditions and environmental demands of this function require individuals sit or stand for extended period of times, lift boxes, climb ladders or stairs, and use a forklift. Often times, candidates may be exposed to strong odors, extreme heat or below freezing temperatures.

General Description

Researches cases, receives, transports, secures and releases evidence and property for the department. Provides customer service and assistance to attorneys, officers, and the general public. Destroys evidence, narcotics, and firearms as required.

Essential Functions

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.

Retrieves, secures and releases property seized by law enforcement agencies.

Transports and secures property from police substations and crime scenes using a marked police unit.

Inspects and verifies submitted items and documentation, and ensures accuracy and safety.

Handles bloody items, narcotics, firearms, and flammable materials.

Maintains chain of custody and disposes and releases property as prescribed by law and department procedures.

Conducts property inventories and maintains property storage areas.

Releases evidence and property to authorized personnel for possession, examination or court exhibits.

Performs criminal history background checks by accessing local, state and national computer systems.

Determines the appropriate release of firearms by identifying persons prohibited by law from possessing firearms.

Reviews and researches records to determine disposition of cases for the release, return, transfer or disposal of evidence.

Verifies information, performs computer inquiries and accesses various computer systems prior to disposal.

Makes a determination on evidence, and destroys, transfers or releases evidence, narcotics, firearms, and currency in accordance with prescribed methods and established procedures.

Requests authorization for disposal from case detectives, County Attorney's office, or officers after review.

Processes release authorizations.

Provides customer service by communicating with the public, attorneys, City personnel, criminal justice agencies, and other law enforcement agencies concerning the receipt, return or status of property and evidence.

Testifies in court as required regarding the integrity, preservation, transportation, and chain of custody of property and evidence.

Instructs Police Recruits in evidence handling procedures at the regional academy and conducts tours of the section as required to trainees, officers, or students.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: None

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification

Selection Plan

You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

As part of the online application process all applicants are required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab or email to tpd_hr@tucsonaz.gov prior to the close date of the job posting. Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission. 

Applications received without a resume will be considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration.

Applicants who successfully complete an employment application, meet minimum qualifications, and successfully provide the required documents will proceed to the practical assessment.

  • Practical assessment - will be a review of the submitted resumes on 09/27/2022.

Top scoring applicants who successfully pass the practical assessment will be invited to participate in an in person oral board interview.

Oral Board Interviews will be held the week of October 10, 2022.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List. An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 5% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 10% of your rating for resume review 
  • 85% of your rating for oral board interview
If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Shayna Durazo at 520-837-7768 or email: Shayna.Durazo@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation. 

The list may be used by any City department with an approved vacancy to fill in the next 6 months. Selection will be made in accordance with CSR III, Section 2. The list of employees eligible for consideration will remain in effect for 6 months after their names are provided to the hiring authorities. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.

 **The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, and are hired on or before September 24, 2022, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs.  You will need to  submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption and/or accommodation from your representative.**

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

Respirator Physical

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

Non-NIDA Drug Screen

50 lb Lift Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

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