Employment Opportunity

Police Evidence Technician

Pittsburg Police Department, Pittsburg, California

Salary: $60,036.00 - $72,984.00 Annually

Final Filing Date: May 4, 2018

Under general supervision; performs a variety of technical tasks in the field and office related to the investigation of crimes and traffic accidents including the collection, identification, preservation and processing of physical evidence at crime scenes; and documenting evidentiary findings for use in criminal investigations; performs other duties as required.

The Police Evidence Technician is the journey level class within the Police Department's Investigations Division responsible for providing support services the collection, preservation and documentation of evidence found at crime scenes and traffic accidents.

Receives general supervision from sworn personnel. Incumbents exercise a considerable amount of independent judgment and are expected to make sound decisions sometimes under a high degree of pressure.

Duties and Requirements Click to read more


  • Responds and processes crime scenes which may contain biological or chemical hazards; photographs crime and accident scenes and/or victim's physical injuries; searches for physical evidence at crime scenes; prepares sketches and diagrams of crime scenes and evidence locations.
  • Assists officers in crime scene searches; operates photographic and video equipment; uses a variety of law enforcement communication equipment; collects latent fingerprints, footprints, and other physical evidence; assists in criminal investigations, testifies in legal proceedings and court regarding collection and preservation of evidence; transports victims, witnesses, juveniles, as needed.
  • Handles loaded firearms safely; completes evidence photo tags and fingerprint cards; collects, tags, packages, and preserves physical evidence including biological material at crime scenes or autopsies; record location of evidence collected.
  • Receives reports from the public by telephone and in person; prepares field and office notes, reports, and other correspondence for use by sworn and civilian personnel handling criminal investigations; provides information to the public; assists in the processing and maintenance of program reports, records and other data; operates a variety of state and local automated information systems; keeps appropriate records.
  • Responds to questions and concerns from the public, departmental staff and other agencies; provides information as appropriate and resolves service issues and complaints.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Education and/or Experience:
  • A high school diploma or equivalent and two years of experience in law enforcement; or completion of two years of college with emphasis in forensic evidence, police science, administration of justice or a related field, and six months work experience in related field; or graduation from an accredited college with a degree in forensic evidence, police science, administration of justice or a related field.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license.
Other Requirements:
  • Physically and mentally capable of performing the functions of the job, including but not limited to those summarized in Typical Tasks.

KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS (The following are a representative sample of the KAS's necessary to perform typical tasks of the position)

Knowledge of:
  • Modern office principles, procedures, practices and equipment, including a computer and applicable software;
  • Methods and techniques for basic report preparation and writing;
  • Correct English usage, spelling, punctuation and grammar;
  • Report preparation;
  • Basics of police practices and procedures;
  • Methods and techniques for record keeping;
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.
Ability to:
  • Read, understand, interpret and apply statutes, rules, regulations and departmental procedures;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Operate specialized law enforcement information systems and equipment;
  • Operate photographic and video equipment;
  • Work evenings, weekends and split shifts;
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Collect latent fingerprints, footprints, and other physical evidence;
  • Collect, preserve and identify biological evidence such as body fluid;
  • Develop and preserve latent fingerprints;
  • Roll fingerprints from living and deceased persons;
  • Read and follow maps;
  • Present physical evidence at legal hearings;
  • Testify in court;
  • Prepare required field and office notes, reports, and other correspondence in a legible manner;
  • Learn and apply Search and Seizure procedure codes and Federal and State rules of evidence;
  • Contribute to the processing and reconstruction of the crime scene;
  • Follow State and County courtroom procedures;
  • Learn State penal code and mace regulations;
  • Work irregular days and hours and under inclement weather conditions;
  • Work shift extensions when required;
  • Follow oral and written directions;
  • Work effectively in a highly structured, rank organized environment;
  • Interact with hostile and/or uncooperative persons;
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

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Posted: April 12, 2018

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