Evidence technicians work primarily for law enforcement agencies (local, state, and federal) or for private companies to assist investigators and forensic scientists by collecting, identifying, and processing crime-related evidence. They typically travel to crime locations to survey the scene and write reports related to their analyses and findings, and they also catalog, label, and index crime evidence. Most employers require their evidence technicians to have a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, forensic science, or pre-law, while some require only a high school diploma or equivalent and on-the-job training.
Aspiring evidence technicians should take individual courses in evidence collection, cataloging and labeling, written and spoken communications, and evidence processing or obtain an associate's degree and computer literacy to conduct research using the internet. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is important in this position, and they must be able to work independently with minimal or no supervision as well as in a team environment. Discipline and close attention to detail are important in this position, and some may be required to take additional training or attend relevant workshops.
Evidence Technician Tasks
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.
Retain records, prepare reports and conduct periodic audits of the evidence room.
Maintain physical custody and records of evidence from intake to final disposition.