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Evidence Custodian
Location:
US-TX-Dallas
Minimum Education:
None
Job Type:
Full Time
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AGENCY INFORMATION:

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is the mass transit agency for the Dallas metropolitan area. The DART Police Department provides police services for the transportation system throughout 13 cities in 6 counties, covering over 700 square miles, with a metropolitan population of approximately 5 million people. The department has over 400 positions and DART Police officers are vested with all the rights, privileges, obligations, and duties of peace officers in the state of Texas.


GENERAL SUMMARY:

Receives, stores, logs, retrieves, transports, releases, and disposes of hazardous and non-hazardous evidence and non-evidential property, while ensuring the security and preserving the chain-of-custody, in accordance with federal and state laws and department procedures.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide for the maintenance, safety, and day-to-day operational needs of the Property Room.
Receives, reviews, sorts, catalogs, marks, documents, and securely stores submitted property and evidence (including, but not limited to weapons, bodily fluids, narcotics, volatile chemicals, money, large and/or heavy items) in a manner such that the individual items are secure from theft, loss, or contamination, and safeguards the integrity of the chain-of-custody.
Ensures all evidentiary items, including hazardous materials, are appropriately handled, correctly and adequately packaged, identified, contained, stored, transported, tested, and legally and safely disposed of, according to laws and department policies. Provides technical guidance and training to department personnel regarding the handling, preparing, and booking of evidence and property.
Evaluates the worth of adjudicated evidence and unclaimed property in preparation for legal disposal and dispersal, and properly disposes of such items.
Releases evidentiary items to authorized law enforcement personnel and/or to property owners in accordance with laws and department policies.
Reviews security controls of property storage locations. Conducts needs assessments; updates and implements various guidelines, procedures, and formats required to accommodate legislative changes and/or crime lab procedural changes impacting submission or release of evidence and property.
Participates in periodic inventories of property/evidence storage locations.
Responds to subpoenas to bring evidence to court and to testify as needed.
Organizes, verifies, prepares, and transports evidence to crime labs for analysis, and picks up and returns evidence after analysis is completed, ensuring interim releases and returns are documented.
Corresponds with various sources, including suspects, victims, attorneys, and law enforcement personnel, regarding evidence and property, to include preparing and sending legally correct notifications to property owners.
Compiles and maintains various electronic and paper files documenting all property/evidence transfers, releases, and dispositions; assembles and organizes data; and prepares necessary reports.
Stays up-to-date on federal, state and local laws related to property/evidence handling, storage, and disposal, and recommend appropriate changes.
Operate and maintain knowledge of property management software and information systems and other software associated with Property Room management to include all standard operating procedures.
Other duties as assigned.


MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Note: An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the below stated minimums excluding High School Diploma, GED, Licenses, or Certifications.

Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, Criminalistics, or related field.
Four (4) years experience as a certified police officer or technical experience in law enforcement support work handling evidence and non-evidence property according to professional evidence inventory procedures.
Knowledge of Texas Rules of Criminal Procedure and Texas Criminal Court System.
Successful completion of selection process including but not limited to polygraph exam, psychological evaluation, and background investigation.
Must successfully complete Basic, Intermediate and Advance certification requirements as set forth by the Texas Association of Professional Evidence Inventory Technicians (TAPEIT).
Valid Texas Class A, B, or C drivers license, no Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) conviction within the last sixty (60) consecutive months, not more than one (1) DWI on driving record, and not more than three (3) convictions of moving violations within the last thirty-six (36) consecutive months on driving record in order to operate DART non-revenue vehicles.
May be subject to call-back, including weekends and holidays, to address unexpected or immediate issues related to Property Room operations.
Proficiency using a personal computer (PC) and software applications to include Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, and database.
Ability to be able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles. Can get messages across that have the desired effect.Analytical skills to find solutions to professional, technical, and administrative problems.
Ability to be dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. Gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services. Acts with customers in mind. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.Ability to demonstrate a fiduciary obligation to section, division, department, and DART in handling materials and information of a confidential nature.


To apply, please go to www.dart.org/hr/humanresources.asp

For additional information about the DART Police Department, please visit our website at www.DART.org/DARTPolice.

DART is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, supporting diversity in the workplace. M/F/D/V

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DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT POLICE DEPARTMENT
2111 S CORINTH STREET RD
DALLAS, TX 75203
Phone: 2147495951

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