Evidence Specialist

  • 008319

SUMMARY: Under close direction, receives, stores and releases evidence and found property to appropriate persons; maintains accurate reports and records of inventory of property; transports sealed evidence to lab and hazardous materials for appropriate disposal; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Receives impounded properties and evidence from officers; releases property and evidence to designated personnel following prescribed procedures.
  2. Maintains computer records on the disposition of evidence and other impounded property. Sorts, separates, arranges, files and distributes incoming invoices and paperwork in prescribed manner.
  3. Delivers evidence to courts and testifies on the disposition of evidence when necessary; returns property to owners as required, and disposes of property in prescribed manner.
  4. Prepares paperwork for property disposals.
  5. Compiles data and prepare periodic and ad hoc reports.
  6. Transports biohazard materials for appropriate disposal.
  7. Works with various charities, organizations and others for donation of property from closed cases.
  8. Maintains storage area for property control.
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal regulations affecting work.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of warehousing.
  • Knowledge of evidence and other types of property disposition and disposal.
  • Skill in verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment including a personal computer and related software.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate work generally in an indoor setting. There is frequent need to talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, reach with hands and arms and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED and two (2) years related experience in a law enforcement environment, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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