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Property and Evidence Specialist

Livermore Police Department, Livermore, California

Salary: $4,686.86 - $5,696.90 Monthly

Final Filing Date: September 15, 2017

Under general supervision, receives, accounts for, coordinates, and distributes or properly disposes of property and evidence under the jurisdiction and custody of the police department; maintains an accurate inventory and chain-of-custody for all property and evidence in custody; may testify in court proceedings or under deposition, as required; and performs other duties as assigned. Incumbents in this classification are required to perform a variety of assignments requiring independence of judgement under general supervision. It is distinguished from the Community Services Specialist by its specialized function working with property and evidence within a police department property room setting. It is further distinguished from the Supervising Property and Evidence Specialist by the supervisor's overall responsibility for the property room and staff supervision.

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Property Room Functions
  • Receives, records, stores, releases and disposes of all property and evidence in accordance with established procedures and laws; updates policies and procedures relating to property and evidence; bar codes all incoming property and evidence; maintains all evidence storage areas at police building and remote site; prepares property and evidence for auction and coordinates pick-up; processes auction payments; photographs evidence; processes court orders for return or destruction of evidence; process requests from officers, district attorney, private attorneys, insurance companies for photos, copies of audio and videotapes, evidence, and other items; transports evidence to and from crime labs, coroner's office, and other locations; coordinates requests for narcotics analysis; transports narcotics to lab and/or arranges for courier pick-up; decontaminates biohazard areas such as blood-dry room and cabinets; arranges for disposal of hazardous materials or transports to County disposal; coordinates Superior Court hearings for disposition of weapons in domestic violence and psychiatric detention cases; prepares weapons for disposal; coordinates weapons destruction; transports weapons with sworn officer; and trains others in the proper evidence packaging procedures and other procedures.
Administrative Functions
  • Performs data entry and utilizes specialized software and databases, such as an evidence-tracking system and other software and databases; researches disposition of cases for purging of evidence using local, County, State, and Federal automated information systems; testifies in court as a custodian of evidence; writes reports; completes money deposits with Finance Division personnel; sends counterfeit money to U.S. Secret Service; processes discovery requests; and provides courier services by transporting sensitive documents for the Police Chief's office.


Demonstrated Knowledge of:
  • Laws and policies relating to the preservation and safe handling of evidence, including firearms, other weapons, and biological hazards, and the storage, release, and destruction of evidence and property; efficient inventory and record keeping processes and requirements; efficient storage and layout of an evidence storage facility; modem office procedures and practices; principles and practices of computerized inventory control; radio and telecommunications equipment; basic operations of computer data systems; techniques and procedures in the collection, recording and preservation of evidence; various laws and policies related to the handling, storage, release, and destroying of evidence and property; the organization and functions of a municipal law enforcement agency; and safe lifting and carrying techniques.
Demonstrated Skills to:
  • Maintain accurate chain-of-custody records, files, and indexes; maintain an organized, efficient storage layout of a property room; safely operate a property transportation vehicle; prepare and maintain accurate records; organize and prioritize workload; follow oral and written instructions; work independently; communicate effectively; write legible, clear and concise reports and correspondence using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling; perform basic math related to the accounting for large sums of money; operate a camera; operate audio/video duplicating equipment; operate computer terminals and a variety of other office equipment; identify special handling requirements for hazardous/biohazard materials; resolve conflict and effectively work with members of the public who may become agitated; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, co-workers, and others in the criminal justice field; effectively train and lead others; and exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful and effective service attitude with the public, co-workers and others who are contacted in the course of the work.
Ability to:
  • Learn and apply City of Livermore and Police Department's policies, procedures, codes, ordinances, and practices; and learn specialized computer software programs.
Experience, Education and Training Guidelines: Any combination of experience, education and training that would provide the best-qualified candidates. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:
  • Experience: Two years of experience in performing inventory control and/or processing legal documents with computer experience or one year of experience processing and collecting evidence in the law enforcement field.
  • Education: Equivalent to graduation from high school. Coursework or in-service training in accounting/inventory control and processing evidence is highly desirable.
  • Training: Any recent training such as academic courses or professional certification programs that are relevant to this job classification.
  • Certification: Possession of the Basic Property/Evidence Management Certificate is required prior to the completion of the probationary period.
  • License: Possession of a valid California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record as determined by the City of Livermore.
  • Other Requirements: Must have the willingness and ability to work scheduled and emergency overtime; work any assigned shift, including holidays and weekends; report to duty in an emergency; work outside under adverse weather conditions, such as in heat, cold, and rain; safely handle controlled substances, firearms, and biologically contaminated items; wear a designated uniform and maintain a neat and clean appearance; maintain status as an expert witness; and travel out of town to attend meetings, training, and seminars during work and non-work hours.
  • Special Requirements: Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to work in a standard office environment, including sitting and standing for extended periods of time; drive a vehicle; read fine print on written documents and computer monitors; detect subtle shades of color; work with biologically contaminated items and various cleaning and disinfecting chemicals; converse in person, over the telephone, and over two-way radio and be clearly understood; stoop, bend, reach, and climb ladders; and strength to safely lift and maneuver materials weighing up to 50 pounds.

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Posted: August 31, 2017

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