Evidence technicians are responsible for collecting, classifying, and processing evidence for their organizations and traveling to evidence sites with a variety of tools, as well as handling transportation duties and preserving evidence in durable containers.
These technicians must follow strict safety and privacy procedures to avoid accidents and evidence contamination and report their progress to a case or evidence supervisor in their organization. They must work well in a team environment with other technicians and case specialists to document objects for future processing and reference and use protective gear such as goggles and gloves to protect themselves and the items they handle on a daily basis. They should also have strong communication skills to relay ideas and concepts to forensic staff, and they must be able to keep evidence in a safe place and input objects into a database for classifying.
Evidence technicians deliver evidence findings to specialized staff for further analysis and processing and must be proficient with computer programs to log evidence in different categories. They use a personal computer to communicate, write reports, and classify evidence, and they also interact with laboratory personnel to learn more about the evidence found. They should be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time and handle hazardous materials on a daily basis, and they also measure items and photographs and maintain accurate inventory of evidence and property.
A bachelor's degree in forensics or a related field is often a minimum requirement for this position, and prior experience in collecting evidence is highly beneficial. Forensics certifications are also helpful.
Evidence Technician Tasks
Retain records, prepare reports and conduct periodic audits of the evidence room.
Maintain physical custody and records of evidence from intake to final disposition.
Log items into evidence, documenting the location, description, property owners, chain of custody, release, disposition and destruction.
Generate computerized reports of movement and handling of department evidence.