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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

PROPERTY & EVIDENCE CUSTODIAN

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PROPERTY & EVIDENCE CUSTODIAN
507E
Category: Science & Engineering

Definition

Receives into custody evidence, seized vehicles, and recovered and abandoned property. Disposes of evidence and property. Provides expert testimony in courts of law certifying to the chain of evidence. Responds to incident scenes gathering evidence into custody.

Typical Work

Receives evidence into custody from law enforcement officers, and provides evidence for court proceedings, maintaining appropriate records and testifying in a court of law certifying the chain of evidence;

Takes into custody found or abandoned property; researches ownership of property and returns or disposes in accordance with regulations, statutes, and court procedures;

Disposes or releases evidence upon court rulings;

Conducts periodic inventories and audits of evidence depositories; maintains appropriate records on evidence and found property; makes computer entries and prepares reports;

Receives into custody sized vehicles, and maintains vehicle impound area;

Gathers and receives into custody evidence at crime and incident scenes upon request from law enforcement officers;

Travels to evidence lockers in assigned areas to retrieve evidence and property into custody; must lift items into vehicle and move to evidence depository;

Handles large amounts of cash; makes deposits to banking facilities; maintains inventory of cash;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: legal issues regarding rules of evidence, property handling and disposal procedures; departmental policies, procedures, and goals.

Ability to: perform audit of district and detachment evidence, property records, and inventory; work a variety of hours subject to change with a minimum of prior notice; plan, organize, and coordinate on an operational level; communicate orally and in writing in a professional environment; work without supervision; lift heavy objects.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation and three years of experience in a law enforcement agency in the collection, preservation, safeguarding, and disposal of evidence and property. 

OR

Two years of full-time experience as a sworn law enforcement officer. 

NOTE:  A valid vehicle operator's license is required.

Class Specification History

New class: 7-14-89
Revised minimum qualifications: 6-15-90
Class code change (formerly 7793): 7-1-91
New class code: (formerly 41480) effective July 1, 2007

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