Employment Opportunity

Evidence Technician

Bozeman Police Department, Bozeman, Montana

Salary: $16.85 - $19.82 per hour depending on experience and qualifications

Final Filing Date: July 23, 2017

In this essential role within the Police Department, you will be responsible for evidence related functions at complex crime scene investigations, including responsibility for the evaluation of the scene, use of various types of equipment, developing, securing, and packaging physical evidence for scientific evaluation and comparison, preparing detailed reports on the observations and activities at the scene for the law enforcement agency responsible for the investigation of the crime, and testifying in court regarding the findings and processing methods used at the scene. You will oversee the custody and control of evidence security and long-term management for the Bozeman Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies.

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  • Confers with investigating officers in determining scene perimeter, and establishing scene control;
  • Assists in documenting the scene with the use of video, photography, or sketches as appropriate;
  • Implements correct seizure, handling, packaging, and chain of custody for evidence;
  • Works with officers, attorneys, court staff, victims, and/or suspects as necessary;
  • Maintains custody of evidence to ensure secure storage and timely retrieval as required, including documenting the security, transfer, and chain of custody for items transported to the lab, enforcing limited access into the evidence vault, documenting transfer of evidence to the courts, and limiting chain of custody by responding to sensitive crime scenes;
  • Works closely with the State crime lab to ensure proper handling, packaging, reports, chain of custody, and transfer of evidence;
  • Participates in the collection of forensic evidence, including assisting in latent print processing at the scene and at the station; assisting in the collection of hair and fibers in homicide and sexual assault cases, assisting in the photographing of domestic abuse victims or autopsies for investigative purposes; assisting in the obtaining of fingerprints from cadavers, performing NIK tests, and providing documentation and testimony accordingly;
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to law enforcement personnel and Court personnel on evidence related matters, including providing court testimony regarding evidence and chain of custody, obtaining court dispositions relating to evidence seized, enforcing proper evidence handling procedures, providing evidence review with defense and prosecution personnel, completing affidavits of photography for items released to victims prior to trials, and other related duties as necessary;
  • Enforces all policies regarding proper authorization for release to ensure the release of information to proper recipients as required;
  • Ensures the proper disposal of drugs, paraphernalia, and bio-hazardous evidence as required;
  • Arranges auctions or other approved disposal methods for items no longer of evidentiary value;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions or other law enforcement personnel assigned to perform similar duties;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.


  • High School Diploma or GED; and
  • Some (1-3 years) direct experience in evidence collection, preservation, management, storage and disposal; and
  • Some (1-3 years) experience in a law enforcement or related field; and
  • Some (1-3 years) training or experience in the use of cameras or photography; and
  • Some (1-3 years) experience or training in the use of computer databases; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have the ability to obtain a Montana class D Driver’s License within 60 days of employment;
  • Completion CJIN/NCIC certification within 180 days of employment;
  • As a condition of continued employment, must possess and retain the ability to provide credible testimony in court;
  • Offers for employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of the conditional offer process including a driving record history check, criminal background check, thorough reference checks, NCIC/CJIN and local records check, and a general internet search.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (at time of appointment)
  • Ability to learn the Montana Codes, Bozeman Police Department and Gallatin County Sheriff's Office policies relating to the collection, examination, handling, and storage of law enforcement evidence;
  • Ability to learn the proper and efficient handling of crime scene evidence using current techniques, in accordance with prescribed guidelines;
  • Ability to learn about equipment used to investigate crime scenes and physical evidence;
  • Ability to learn safe handling procedures for dealing with blood borne pathogens, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, weapons and related;
  • Ability to learn all procedures needed for secure chain of evidence requirements within a criminal prosecution;
  • Ability to learn the applications of confidentiality and to safeguard confidential and sensitive information;
  • Ability to provide 24 hour on call assistance as required;
  • Ability to properly and efficiently handle and examine crime scene evidence, using current techniques in accordance with prescribed guidelines;
  • Ability to effectively operate equipment used to investigate crime scenes and physical evidence, including efficient and proper use of related photographic equipment used in the photocopying and imaging of crime scene evidence;
  • Some knowledge of CJIN/NCIC policies and procedures;
  • Ability to provide credible testimony in court;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Detectives, other law enforcement personnel, City employees, court staff, attorneys, victims, suspects, representatives from other law enforcement jurisdictions, and the general public;
  • Ability to participate in the collection of forensic evidence for investigative purposes;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate or quickly learn to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Inventiveness and ingenuity in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Consistently performs assignments in accordance with the City's Core Values of Integrity, Leadership, Service and Teamwork.
Essential Physical Abilities
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate effectively;
  • Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a vehicle; review a variety of materials I hardcopy or electronic form; distinguish among items and properly identify and collect evidence;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a personal computer, transport evidence and related equipment;
  • Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to have access to all assigned evidence areas, which may include exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  • Sufficient physical strength, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to collect, transport and lift and/or move evidence of up to 50 lbs.

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Posted: July 6, 2017

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