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Evidence Coordinator

Anne Arundel County Police Department, Annapolis, Maryland

Salary: $47,543.00 - $76,249.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: January 30, 2017

This posting will be used to fill a full time, safety sensitive Evidence Coordinator position within the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

This work involves the technical coordination and supervision of the processing of major crime scenes. Work includes assessing physical evidence obtained by Crime Scene Technicians at major crime scenes.

The ideal candidate for the Evidence Coordinator position may perform in all areas of the Evidence Collection Unit and will, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess the following critical attributes:

  • Must be analytical, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task without sacrificing accuracy or timeliness. Ability to analyze problems, identify causative factors, and apply actions to effectively resolve current issues and prevent recurrences of problem conditions.
  • Must exercise excellent interpersonal skills – position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and an ability to establish and maintain effective working/professional relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Must be able to perform effectively and rationally under stress, and effectively handle competing demands, interruptions, and distractions in a steady and calm manner.
  • Must be organized, flexible, and able to prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment. Demonstrated ability to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy or timeliness; ability to work independently; and to understand and effectively apply complex oral and written instructions and procedures.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate and present information and/or training to individuals and a wide variety of audiences. Must be able to produce clear, concise, and professional documents, reports, and presentations.
  • Ability to interpret and follow verbal/written technical instructions. Must be able to work in a safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.
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Duties:

The Evidence Coordinator reviews the written reports, sketches, and other major crime scene documentation to insure its completeness and accuracy.

The Evidence Coordinator assists the Evidence Coordinator Leader with processing physical evidence for the Police Department. The Evidence Coordinator insures that physical evidence is properly inventoried and that the chain-of-custody is maintained. Employees in this class makes the determination as to what laboratory tests will be performed on physical evidence and coordinates with the assigned Crime Scene Technician to identify an appropriate facility to arrange for testing.

The Evidence Coordinator assists the Police Department Criminal Investigating Division and the States Attorney's Office by ensuring that physical evidence from major crime scenes is properly handled from the point of collection at the crime scene to its presentation in courts of law. Work effectiveness and job performance is supervised by Evidence Coordinator Leader.

Examples of Duties
  • Monitors the identifying, collecting, marking, packaging, and processing of all accident and crime scene evidence collected by Crime Scene Technicians.
  • Confers with Police Officers and the State's Attorney to discuss the presentation of physical evidence in court. Insures that physical evidence and associated reports are properly prepared for introduction into court.
  • Instructs Crime Scene Technicians and entry-level police officers on what constitutes physical evidence, how it is collected and how it is processed.
  • Insures that the chain-of-custody is maintained on each item of physical evidence collected by the Police Department.
  • Drives a specially equipped vehicle to a homicide scene and oversees the collection of physical evidence when required.
  • Provides demonstrations of use of evidence processing equipment to newly hired Evidence Technician I's; includes using camera, metal detector, and saw.
  • Testifies in court concerning chain-of-custody in major felony cases.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
  • An Associate's Degree or 60 college credits from an accredited college or university in law enforcement, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, physics, or a related field;
  • Two (2) or more years of experience in progressively more responsible work in the collection and preservation of evidence for use in criminal or civil proceedings;
  • A valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license.
Supplemental Qualifications
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who possess a Bachelor's Degree or higher in law enforcement, criminal justice, chemistry, biology, physics, or a related field.
  • Preference will also be given to applicants who possess knowledge of laboratory procedures including preparation and handling of chemicals and solutions; ability to acquire proficient skills in the performance of routine laboratory tasks.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
  • Extensive knowledge of the generally accepted principles and practices of evidence collection procedures.
  • Extensive knowledge of the processes to obtain latent fingerprints, shoe and tire prints, and blood spatter patterns.
  • Knowledge in the operation of photographic equipment.
  • Knowledge of County judicial evidence procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and other employees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to operate a computer terminal.
  • Ability to coordinate the work of others in the collection of physical evidence at crime scenes.
  • Ability to use all evidence processing equipment including cameras, saws, and metal detectors.
  • Ability to process a crime scene employing accepted techniques and methods and to train others in these skills.
NOTES:
  • This is a Safety Sensitive position and employees in this position are subject to Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) and Alcohol testing.
  • The selection process includes a comprehensive background investigation.

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Posted: January 11, 2017



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