To support any law enforcement mission, many police personnel work together. Police technicians are specialized personnel who are responsible for handling the many office and field duties associated with investigative work. This may include handling report writing activities, data collection and managing evidence control duties.
Police technicians can be categorized into three types: law enforcement, records and support. While most police technicians will perform duties particular to each one of these categories, many are required to handle some from each. Since record management is one of the most important parts of police work, a vital element of a police technician’s job is to make sure that he maintains information of collected evidence keeping security and accuracy in mind.
To qualify to work as a police technician, you will need to possess a high school diploma at the very least. Some police support services experience may be deemed necessary as working at this position needs some technical background. From your first day at work, you will be required to handle most of the duties listed below.
Police Technician Job Duties and Responsibilities
• Oversee police document reviews and record information of criminal and non criminal activities
• Act as facility manager by handling front desk inquiries and dispatching police units to crime scenes
• Communicate with other law enforcement agencies in order to create and maintain meaningful relationships
• Manage and maintain evidence room activities such as receiving and storing physical evidence connected to crimes
• Handle evidence cataloging and destruction activities
• Assist police investigators in gather evidence from crime site and ensure that it is secured properly
• Ensure that office security is maintained at all times
• Provide support in evidence analysis duties
• Handle receipt and processing of subpoenas and background checks
• Photograph crime scenes as part of evidence gathering activities
• Ensure that each photograph’s layout is properly documented for court showing purposes
• Handle and operate diagnostic equipment on crime scenes and ensure that all tools and equipment are maintained properly
• Ensure that light sources at crime scenes are properly installed and in proper working order
• Transport evidence to laboratory and ensure that it is properly stored
• Perform fingerprint tasks using finger dusts and inked finger cards
• Perform preventative and general maintenance activities to ensure that the office systems are in good working order at all times
• Purchase inventory of supplies and ensure that inventory records are properly maintained
• Assist the general public with law enforcement inquiries such as child seat installation, traffic signs information and insight into police rules