Property and Evidence Specialist

  • City of Costa Mesa, CA
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Part Time Criminology and Forensics
  • Salary: $30.80 - $41.27 Hourly USD

Job Description


  • Current: $30.80 - $41.27 hourly
  • July 2024: $31.72 - $42.51 hourly

There is currently one (1) part-time (30 hours per week) vacancy in the Police Department.

Under general supervision, to perform a variety of technical duties involved in receiving, recording, storing, maintaining, releasing, and properly disposing of property and evidence collected by Police Department personnel; and to perform general technical duties in support of the Police Department. May exercise technical and functional supervision over Police Aides and volunteer staff.

For more information about the Costa Mesa Police Department, click here .


Applications must be completed and submitted on-line. This recruitment will remain open until filled and may close without prior notice, therefore prompt application is encouraged.

The first application review date will be Thursday, August 24, 2023 .

Candidates are requested to provide specific information regarding their education and experience as it relates to the position by completing all fields of the application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete . Do not include text or attached resumes, as they will not be accepted or reviewed in the application process. Based upon the information presented on the application, a limited number of candidates who possess qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process. The selection process may include, but is not limited to the following components: application review and evaluation, written examination or exercise, physical examination, practical exercise and interview evaluation. Please notify the Human Resources Division 72 hours in advance of the test date if you have a disability which requires accommodation for the testing process. The eligibility list will be in effect for one (1) year, unless exhausted sooner. The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be utilized to fill lower-level vacancies which occur during the life of the list.

It is recommended you use a personal email address on your application instead of a work email address . Notifications during this recruitment will be sent by email only (regardless of the notification preference selected during the on-line application process). Notifications will be sent to the email address that is listed on your on-line application.

All employment offers made by the City are contingent upon establishing proof of a prospective candidate’s legal authorization to work in the United States and successfully passing all components of the pre-employment process which may include, but is not limited to: comprehensive background check, criminal history check (livescan fingerprint check), polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation and post-offer medical evaluation (may include drug screen).

Note: The provisions of this job bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions contained within may be modified or revoked without notice.

Essential Functions

These functions may not be present in all positions in this class. When a position is to be filled, the essential functions will be noted in the announcement of position availability. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.

Receive, record, store, and maintain property and evidence for the Police Department including monies, firearms, and narcotics.

Release or dispose of property and evidence upon authorization and in accordance with applicable policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations.

Contact the Department of Justice regarding the release of weapons to owners.

Prepare authorized items for sale in auctions.

Retrieve and return property items to various businesses.

Deliver evidence to court.

May pick up and transport property and evidence from outside agencies.

May respond to crime scenes and transport collected property and evidence to the Police Department.

Respond to inquiries and requests from Department personnel, law enforcement agencies, and the public.

Input various detailed records into a computer terminal.

Maintain accurate and detailed data, verify accuracy of information, and update information; prepare reports.

Order and maintain Police Department supplies including badges, forms, and office supplies.

Participate in facilitating the care and service of Department vehicles.

Participate in the supervision of Police Aides and volunteer staff.

Stay abreast of new policies and laws pertaining to property and evidence.

Perform related duties as required.

Qualification Guidelines
A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this classification is as follows:


High school graduation or its equivalent.

Specialized training in property and evidence management and handling is highly desirable.

Two years of responsible office experience preferably performing property management in law enforcement.

An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform essential functions may also be considered.


Possession of, or ability to obtain: a Telecommunications Certificate issued by the Department of Justice.

Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.


Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety practices necessary in the assigned area of work.

Knowledge of principles and practices used in dealing with the public.

Knowledge of modern office practices, methods and computer equipment.

Knowledge of principles and procedures of record keeping.

Knowledge of principles of basic report preparation.

Knowledge of safe driving principles and practices.

Skill in operating modern office equipment, including computer equipment.

Skill in Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, and Access.

Skill in operating a motor vehicle safely.


Ability to learn principles, practices, methods, and techniques of maintaining and processing evidence and property.

Ability to learn, interpret, and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions.

Ability to receive, record, store, and maintain property and evidence.

Ability to perform general clerical work.

Ability to prepare and maintain accurate and complete records.

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.

Ability to meet and deal tactfully and effectively with the public.

Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and data.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Ability to exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Ability to multi-task and complete a daily activity log.

Supplemental Information


In accordance with Government Code Section 3100 - all City of Costa Mesa employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.


Please contact Human Resources for a summary of the essential tasks and environmental factors for this classification.

Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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New Full-Time employees contribute 9% of their salary on a pre-tax basis towards the 2%@60 or 2%@62 CalPERS retirement formula depending on eligibility.

Full-Time employeesreceive the following health insurance flexible benefits contribution:
  • Current: $1,550monthly
  • Effective January 2024: $1,600monthly
  • Effective January 2025: $1,650monthly

New Part-Time employees are appointed by and serve at the will of the Department Director. They are reviewed for merit salary advancement on a periodic basis. Generally, part-time employees are limited to no more than 1,000 hours of work per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Certain part-time employees, however, are permitted to exceed this limit.Part-time employees participate in either the Public Agency Retirement System (PARS) or the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) depending on eligibility. Employees enrolled in PARS contribute 3.75% of salary with a matching City contribution. Employees enrolled in CalPERS contribute 7% - 9% of salary depending on eligibility. Part-time positions are eligible to receive general leave benefits. General leave can be used for sick, vacation, or holiday time.

The City does not participate in the Social Security system; however, federal mandate requires all new employees to contribute 1.45% of wages to Medicare. As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to enroll and participate in the direct deposit program.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Special Instructions


Job Address

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