EVIDENCE CONTROL CLERK II 5067
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under general direction, an employee in this class is responsible for the receipt, classification, storage and release of critical and confidential items of evidence related to cases under the jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner's Office, the District Attorney's Office or the Suffolk County Police Department. Testimony is given in court when necessary. Supervision may be exercised over personnel engaged in the record keeping and maintenance of evidence. Work is reviewed by an administrative supervisor. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Receives evidence from submitting agencies such as Police Departments, District Attorney, and Sheriff, and from intra-divisional units, and issues receipts to document same;
Inspects all evidence packaging to ensure integrity;
Marks and identifies evidence in legally acceptable manner;
Examines all firearms submitted for safety and condition;
Documents receipt of evidence in computer and accession record;
Releases and recalls material evidence between the Medical Examiner's Office and the Police Department and/or District Attorney's office, and/or to and from Assistant District Attorneys for trial preparation or presentation in Court or at Grand Jury proceedings;
Notifies submitting agencies, commands and laboratory units of any problems relating to location of evidence or its transfer;
May retrieve evidence from lockers located in police precinct(s);
May distribute and release material evidence to appropriate laboratory section(s);
Secures, stores and inventories evidence in vault;
Testifies in Court relating to the integrity of the chain of evidence;
May notify laboratory section head of priority cases, e.g., Grand Jury, trial, arrest, warrant requirements;
May respond on evenings and/or weekends for evidence pick-up in emergency cases, or when evidence lockers are full, or to allow access to evidence for Assistant District Attorneys;
May file and retrieve completed laboratory reports;
May prepare typewritten forms, memos, and reports.
May transport evidence from and between various bureaus of the District Attorney's Office.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of departmental procedures and protocols for receiving, cataloging, storing and safeguarding material evidence; good knowledge of safety precautions required in the handling of firearms; skill in operating a computer terminal; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to maintain good working relations with others; high degree of intellectual honesty; physical condition commensurate with demands of the position.
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and four (4) years of experience in inventory control and stock-keeping, two (2) of which must have been in handling material evidence from criminal cases.
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as an Evidence Control Clerk.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Within four (4) months of appointment, candidates must provide documentation of satisfactory completion of a comprehensive firearms safety course accepted by the appointing authority.
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, candidates must possess a valid New York State driver's license.
Candidate must be eligible for security clearance to carry and transport illegal firearms and drugs.