US Government, 015-Div. of Criminal Investigation-Crime Laboratory
- Full Time
The Laboratory Evidence Technician (LET) coordinates the handling of all physical evidence items in the possession of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), under the direction of the Evidence Unit Supervisor. The LET is responsible for the acceptance/rejection of evidentiary items submitted from Local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies, as well as ensuring the timely return of evidence for use in Federal, District, Circuit, and Municipal Courts. The LET testifies in criminal court proceedings regarding laboratory procedures, the chain of custody records, and proper evidence handling. This position accounts for all items of physical evidence submitted by investigative agencies, including the Wyoming DCI, in a secure manner to prevent unauthorized access or manipulation. Evidence and property can include but are not limited to; firearms, dangerous drugs, weapons, currency, clothing, biological samples, or digital media. The LET coordinates with staff scientists from the Wyoming State Crime Laboratory (WSCL) for detailed, chain-of-custody transfers to facilitate analytical examinations. Under the direction of the Evidence Unit Supervisor, the LET will coordinate evidence destruction requests pursuant to destruction assignments issued through the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The LET performs physical evidence destruction through the operation of a commercial on-site incinerator and coordinates with the WSCL, Wyoming Public Health Laboratory, coroners, and other law enforcement agencies to perform the destruction of evidence, property, and laboratory waste. This position will compile and disseminate statistical data as necessary. The LET provides POST-certified, statewide training to assist submitting agencies with information on evidence collection, storage, and processing. The LET is a member of the crime scene response team, which requires specialized knowledge and skill in the identification of relevant evidence, photography, collection/securing of probative items, operation of 3D crime-scene scanners/software, report writing, and testifying in court. Members of the crime scene team are subject to week-long 24×7 call shifts.
Human Resource Contact: Connie Greet-Redman (307) 777-7130 firstname.lastname@example.org
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed at the job level.
- Receive, catalog, accession, return, and destroy items of evidence adhering to written laboratory procedures and statutory requirements. Completes necessary paperwork related to the handling, storage, and return of evidence. Continuously verifies the security and integrity of all evidence in the custody of the WSCL.
- Facilitate the flow of evidence to and from laboratory scientists; maintains and update case information/dispositions in laboratory information management software (LIMS). Maintains the security system for the WSCL laboratory evidence room and any off-site facilities.
- Receive, document, and handle long-term evidence storage; review legal destruction orders; perform routine evidence inventory audits to ensure the accuracy of custody records.
- Operates and maintains commercial incinerator to execute evidence, property, and waste disposal requests.
- Searches for and retrieves information from files and records to respond to requests from law enforcement, prosecutors, and courts as to aspects of evidence collection, storage, preservation, availability, and destruction.
- Under the supervision of the evidence unit supervisor, provide technical support to over 100 evidence-submitting agencies to resolve issues regarding the entry of records, packaging, software, or peripheral issues (e.g., barcode scanners, signature pads, label printers, etc.). Travels statewide to provide training to customer agencies regarding the LIMS Prelog system as well as evidence collection, packaging, and storage.
- Assist with crime scene processing and is on 24-hour call as needed; performs a variety of tasks in the collection of evidence at crime scenes to include assisting forensic analysts at scenes; confers with law enforcement in a variety of aspects regarding evidence collection and preservation.
- Testifies as an official witness in legal proceedings as to evidence chain of custody and administrative handling procedures.
- Attend training to stay current on all state and federal laws pertaining to evidence policies and procedures.