Evidence and Property Technician – Ashland, Oregon

Join our team! Our police department works hard in our community to promote public safety, public order and provide exceptional service to our citizens. This position will work in the Ashland Police Department’s Support Division to manage, transport and inventory criminal evidence storage, respond to non-emergency calls regarding crimes not in progress for crime scene investigation, respond to crime scenes to collect evidence and photograph the area and assist in departmental community policing activities. This is a non-sworn position.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The duties listed below are only intended as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related and/or a logical assignment to the classification.
Manage criminal evidence storage, transport and inventory. Take evidence into possession following established chain of evidence procedures, process documentation, inventory, and where necessary, destroy.
Receives, inventories, and stores property, including diverse personal property items as well as firearms, jewelry, money and other items of intrinsic value.
Respond to crime scenes to lead or assist in processing.
Respond to inquiries and requests for information from the public.
Assist Police Department with special events and traffic control. Alert Police Department to the presence of hazardous situations. Follow all safety rules and procedures established for work area.
Establish and maintain property and evidence storage records appropriate to state and federal regulations for evidence handling; maintains accurate manual and automated inventory systems and records of all property and evidence; documents, properly marks, tags, and packages evidence and property as required.
May assist detectives and/or officers with showing and identifying evidence in court; may testify to chain of custody and policies and procedures.
Determines ownership of property or evidence by checking police reports and public record systems.
Works directly with the public, both on the telephone and in person, answering questions about property and evidence being held.
Evaluates public request for release of evidence and property; checks that case is completed or statute of limitation has run out before releasing property; checks for outstanding warrants and whether release has been authorized, before releasing property; photographs property and evidence used in criminal cases before releasing it to owners.
Prepare reports when necessary; checks case reports for authorization to dispose of evidence and property; assists in the disposal of evidence and unclaimed property through destruction, charity or auctions; purges items from inventory records.
As directed, assist Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division and the Ashland Fire Department in major case investigations on twenty-four (24) hour availability. This is to include evidence processing, photography, transport, packaging and storage of all property and evidence, maintain chain of custody on all property seized and evidence collected.
Participate in the department’s fitness program per the collective bargaining agreement; perform strenuous activities under hazardous and dangerous circumstances.

AUXILIARY JOB FUNCTIONS:
Maintain proficiency by attending training conferences and meetings, reading materials, and meeting with others in areas of responsibility.
Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.
Testify in court when necessary.
Perform other work as assigned.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Education: Possession of a high school diploma, a GED, or equivalent.
Experience: A minimum of two (2) year of experience working in a law enforcement environment.
Substitution: Any satisfactory equivalent combination of training and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the job proficiently may substitute for the above requirements.
Desirable Qualifications: AA or Bachelors degree. Experience in photography, conflict resolution and mediation. CPR and first aid training certificates.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
License: Possession of, or the ability to obtain and retain, an Oregon driver license by the time of appointment.
Certificate: Possession of a LEDS certificate, or the ability to obtain such certificate within 30 days of appointment.
Must pass pre-employment physical, psychological examination and undergo in-depth background investigation prior to appointment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:
Basic police department and law enforcement procedures.
Law enforcement and court related laws and codes, and legal terminology
Use of firearms and other modern police equipment.
Industry best practices and standards.
General court systems process and use of evidence.
Proper storage of criminal evidence and property.
Proper procedures to preserve and maintain chain of custody and accurate records.
Proper disposition of evidence/property.
Clerical methods and procedures.
English grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
Basic mathematics including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and percentages.
Principles and practices of customer service.
Principles and practices of business letter writing.
Common word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
Ability to:
Ability to demonstrate effective problem solving, organizational and record keeping skills.
Ability to deal effectively, courteously and firmly with the public.
Handle sensitive and dangerous evidence, such as drugs, chemicals and firearms.
Photograph property/evidence prior to release or for court purposes.
Make calculations using basic mathematics.
Prepare and maintain financial, statistical, and narrative information, data, tables, and charts.
Maintain confidentiality of documents, materials, and information.
Learn specialized automated systems used in the department, such as Police computer systems and other computer programs.
Locate, identify, and correct inaccurate or incomplete information.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

 

Please apply ONLINE at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ashlandor
A completed City application must be filed online with the Personnel Office before the deadline shown above and may be supplemented with a resume of work experience. Resumes are NOT accepted in lieu of a completed City application. Resumes received without a completed City application will not receive a response from the Personnel Department.
Following a review of the applications, a limited number of the most highly qualified applicants may be invited via email to proceed further in the selection process. Those not selected for interview will be notified in email (no phone calls please). The applicant selected must provide, at the time of employment, appropriate documentation of citizenship, as required by the immigration and Naturalization Act of 1986.

A thorough background investigation will be completed on the candidate selected for hire.

The City of Ashland will make reasonable accommodations for the disabled. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation in the application or testing process MUST inform the Personnel Office of the City of Ashland, in writing, no later than the final filing date as stated on the job bulletin. Applicants needing such accommodations should document the request, including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process.

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