Evidence Tech

Agency: Travis County Sheriff

Location: Austin TX

Industry: Protective Service

Occupational Category: Law Enforcement


Salary: $42,382.08 - $52,977.60 Annually

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: 15-03665

Closing: 4/25/2017 11:59 PM Central


Job Summary

Under general direction, performs daily activities and operations within the Evidence Management unit in support of the Travis County Sheriff's Office. Evidence Management activities include TCSO's Property Room and multiple temporary secured drop locations for the intake, storage, and final disposition of evidence in accordance with the Criminal Code of Procedure.


This is a job classification within the Public Safety job family. This classification is distinguished from a Law Enforcement Peace Officer in that incumbents are civilians that do not have TCOLE training requirements or possess formal arrest powers. This classification also does not have any lead or supervisory duties.


Duties and Responsibilities

         Performs all Evidence Management Operations of Evidence Section and any operations and maintenance of secure drop locations.

         Organizes Evidence Section and assigns evidence to proper storage locations. Maintains consumable stocked items. Performs semi-annual audits, ongoing inventories of evidence and routine inspections of facilities.

         Maintains reliable systems and verifies that evidence is electronically cataloged upon its acceptance and entry into the records management system. Reviews submission lists periodically in an effort to ensure earliest possible case dispositions.

         Maintains strict protocols on found property in an effort to ensure earliest case disposition.

         Ensures packaging standards are met in accordance with established procedures and provides periodic packaging training to Law Enforcement Personnel.

         Picks up and transports evidence from specific drop locations to the Evidence Section. Makes routine drops offs and pick-ups as needed for evidence to/from the Department of Public Safety and other laboratories.

         Performs periodic inventories and audits of items of evidence and found property.

         Performs training for TCSO staff.

         Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

High School diploma or G.E.D. AND three (3) years of experience in Law Enforcement Science or in a field related to the job.


Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in Law Enforcement Science or in a field related to the job, plus two (2) years of experience in a Law Enforcement/Forensic Science environment, or warehousing/inventory control environment.
Experience and/or training in quality assurance, auditing of evidence or stock inventories.

Fluency in Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Knowledge of: 

         Law enforcement practices and procedures.

         State and County policy, procedure, statutes and ordinances.

         Rules of criminal and civil procedures.

         Various legal instruments and terminology.

         Evidence collection procedures.

         Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.

         Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.

Skill in:

         Communicating effectively with public, victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers and others involved in criminal proceedings.

         Researching criminal histories.

         Performing administrative duties, such as typing reports and updating files.

         Operating a variety of modern office equipment, including a computer.

         Both verbal and written communication.

Ability to:  

         Use independent judgment regarding release of confidential information.

         Serve as a witness, as required.

         Establish and maintain effective working relationships with victims, witnesses, law enforcement officers, judges, attorneys, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public.

         Safely handle firearms.

         Handle prescription and illegal drugs.

         Work around and use a high temperature incinerator.


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