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Property Officer

Evanston, Illinois



City of Evanston

2100 Ridge Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: 847-448-8242





Salary: $51,380.00 - $65,798.85

Population: 75,000

Sworn Officers: 200

Application Deadline: 11/7/14






Under direction of the Deputy Chief of Investigative Services, this position receives processes and maintains property and/or evidence necessary for official police business in prosecutions, to return to owner or for public auction; transports certain property and/or evidence to crime laboratories for analysis; maintains a computerized system of accountability for all property and/or evidence.




  • Receives processes, maintains and/or disposes of property and/or evidence; accepts from police officials or retrieves from secured area, records, and labels, retrieves copy of filed report, creates file, stores in secured area(s).

  • Receives drugs, body fluids, firearms, fingerprints and various evidence/items from police officials; transports to various crime laboratories and/or institutions for analysis; receives results.

  • Receives requests for evidence, files and/or property needed for court proceedings, retrieves and delivers to the court system; may give testimony in civil and criminal cases.

  • Maintains inventories and requisitions; establishes and maintains records.

  • Fills FOIA requests.

  • Receives and responds to telephone and personal inquiries from the public and police officials regarding lost or stolen property; verifies ownership, returns the owner.

  • Delivers subpoenas and records to various agencies as requested.

  • Assists in the coordination of Web based auction(s) for unclaimed property, e.g. bicycles, jewelry, televisions, etc.; inventories, develops lists, assists in preparation of news releases.

  • Establishes and maintains complex files of a confidential nature.

  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.

  • May perform special projects such as studies that required data collection and analytical assessment.




Education and Experience:


High school diploma with some college coursework preferred in addition to experience in warehousing and/or inventory management preferred, and at least ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in a law enforcement field, paramilitary organization and three (3) year’s experience working in a secure evidence lockup; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.



Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Ability to be bonded.

  • Considerable knowledge of and ability to use computer systems and networks, Internet search engines, email, and Windows operating systems.  Preferred knowledge of operating Microsoft Office Suite, Access database, Adobe Acrobat, Police Property and Evidence Tracking System, and CRIMES.

  • Ability to apply principles of rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  To interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

  • Ability to prepare work assignments, summaries, reports, memos, and purchase recommendations using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules and punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.

  • Ability to work independently and handle confidential information and material; property, including narcotics, valuables and money; and other evidence in a legal manner.

  • General understanding of principles underlying the laws and regulations of the municipality.

  • General understanding of the principles underlying criminal investigations and forensic evidence.

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in dealing with individuals and groups at all levels.

  • Ability to analyze a variety of administrative, operational, fiscal, and social problems and make sound recommendations for solution.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Police Department Officials, peers, other agencies, and the general public.

  • Must be self-motivated, disciplined, organized, and reliable.

  • Innovative, creative, resourceful and independent thinking.




Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class "A" Illinois Driver's License.





The ability to work in a primarily sedentary position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 50 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects, packages, materials, etc. using up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The ability to maintain balance when climbing short ladders or stairs while carrying/moving packages.


The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes. There are no environmental hazards associated with this classification.




  • Structured Oral Interview -- Pass/Fail

  • Qualifications Assessment—Pass/Fail

  • Mandatory Observation

  • Background Investigation -- Qualifying

  • Polygraph Examination & Psychological Assessment -- Qualifying

  • Pre-employment Medical Examination and Drug/Alcohol Screening -- Pass/Fail


To apply online visit:


before the November 7, 2014 closing date











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