Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-09
Application For Police Officer (Assigned As Evidence Technician), title code 9206
Issue Date:06 November 2014Effective Date:06 November 2014
Rescinds:21 February 2012 version
Index Category:Career Development
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.informs Department members that internet applications for Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) are being accepted until 01 December 2014 at 1500 hours.
  • B.delineates the duties, eligibility requirements, application procedures, selection process, and training for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician), title code 9206.
  • C.introduces the use of the internet applications.
II.Duties
A Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) will:
  • A.be assigned to the Forensic Services Division.
  • B.respond to requests for service.
  • C.don protective clothing.
  • D.conduct crime scene and area searches for the purpose of locating evidence.
  • E.mark, photograph, and preserve evidence and fingerprints at crime scenes.
  • F.use cameras, fingerprints powders, brushes, and other tools to process crime scenes.
  • G.mark evidence on the scene.
  • H.collect and process trace evidence.
  • I.record marked evidence with written reports.
  • J.create crime scene sketches.
  • K.inventory evidence and determine appropriate routing.
  • L.provide for the legal, proper, and safe transportation, disposal, and/or storage of evidence.
  • M. photograph and fingerprint hospitalized arrestees and deceased persons.
  • N.work with and process deceased victims at the Cook County Morgue.
  • O.collect samples and process evidence for DNA.
  • P.conduct Buccal Swabs.
  • Q.recover and process Sexual Assault Kits and other probative evidence.
  • R.conduct photograph lineups.
  • S.be State certified to operate a Breathalyzer.
  • T.photograph arrestees or personnel relative to any allegations of battery caused by a police officer to the arrestee or battery to a police officer.
  • U.respond to requests for service to work with the FBI as photographer for bank robberies.
  • V.use digital camera and video equipment.
  • W.interact with the public.
  • X.operate, store, and maintain processing equipment in the Department vehicle.
  • Y.stay current with new processes, techniques, and equipment.
  • Z.prepare for and provide courtroom testimony.
  • AA.administer and inventory gunshot residue test kits.
  • AB.utilize specialized forensic equipment and / or perform the following tasks including, but not limited to, alternate light sources, Leica scanning equipment, bullet trajectory, electrostatic dust lift, tire / shoe impression casting, presumptive / search chemistry testing, and cyanoacrylate (super glue) processing of autos.
III.Eligibility
By the close of the application period, members who are interested in applying must:
  • A.be a sworn member below the rank of sergeant.
  • B.be willing and able to perform the duties of a Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) as outlined in Item II of this directive.
  • C.be willing and able to work any watch assignment and change work hours in accordance with the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between the City of Chicago and the Fraternal Order of Police.
  • D.have a minimum of three years of continuous service as a police officer with the Chicago Police Department.
  • E.have an acceptable disciplinary record. The candidate’s disciplinary record cannot reflect any sustained Complaint Register (C.R.) investigations for misconduct resulting in suspensions of more than seven (7) days during the preceding 12 month period; or a record of three (3) or more sustained C.R. investigations resulting in suspensions of any length of time within the past five years.
    NOTE:
    Sustained C.R. investigations with findings of “No Disciplinary Action” will not be considered as sustained violations for purposes of this selection process. Candidates with pending grievances or Police Board cases concerning discipline will be allowed to apply for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician). Such applications will be considered if the candidate's disciplinary record is modified or expunged as a result of the grievance or Police Board hearing so the member's disciplinary record meets the disciplinary standards set forth in this directive.
  • F.have an acceptable attendance record. The candidate's attendance record cannot reflect any unauthorized absences within the preceding 12 month period.
  • G.meet acceptable medical roll usage guidelines. If the candidate's medical roll usage reflects nine (9) or more medical incidents and/or 45 days or more on the medical roll within the preceding three (3) year period, absent exceptional circumstances, or demonstrates a pattern of medical roll abuse or misuse (i.e., the candidate goes on the medical roll when assigned to an involuntary detail; the medical roll use is linked to furlough, RDOs, or other time due to extend time off; or the candidate is found to have used the medical roll in an unauthorized manner or demonstrates other behaviors demonstrating medical roll misuse), the candidate will be disqualified.
    NOTE:
    Medical time used in relation to approved FMLA leaves, ADA accommodations, or IOD injuries cannot be the basis for disqualification.
  • H.have satisfied all indebtedness to the City of Chicago.
  • I.be willing to forego days off on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, as required by operational needs.
  • J.be willing to reschedule a furlough period if it conflicts with training.
  • K.if applicable, have received performance ratings above the minimum rating score necessary to qualify for a step increase as defined in the Department directive entitled "Performance Evaluation System" for each of the last four evaluations.
  • L.if currently appointed to a D-2A grade, be willing to forego D-2A status and pay and accept D-2 status and pay upon assignment to the Forensic Services Division as a Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician), title code 9206.
  • M.not have been previously removed for cause from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician), title code 9206.
IV.Application Procedures
  • A.Candidates will:
    • 2.click the link, "Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) under "Job Openings;"
    • 3.follow the procedures for submitting an application. A "Candidate Experience Click-by-Click Guide" is available on the Human Resource Division's intranet site to assist in submitting an application. To access the Guide, click on Bureau Sites, then click on Human Resources Division, then click on Career Development and Performance, and then click on "Candidate Experience Guide."
      NOTE:
      Questions regarding completing a profile or application in Careers should be directed to the City of Chicago, Department of Human Resources, at 312-744-4976.
  • B.Proxy applications will be allowed under limited circumstances such as military duty. To submit a proxy application, the candidate’s proxy will contact the Human Resources Division, Career Development and Performance Management Section, at 312-745-5225 before the close of the application period.
  • C.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) must be willing and able to perform the duties as outlined in Item II of this directive.
  • D.Members who have applied for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) and who meet the eligibility criteria as delineated in Item III of this directive, will be scheduled to participate in the Written Practical Examination. These candidates will be notified of the date, time, and location to report for the Written Practical Examination by Department e-mail at a later date. Members who fail to appear for their assigned Written Practical Examination date, time, and location will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
V.Selection Process
The selection process will include a Written Practical Examination based on the Evidence Technician Exam Recommended Reading List.
  • A.Eligible members will be notified by Department e-mail of the date, time, and location to report for the examination.
    NOTE:
    Members who fail to appear for the Written Practical Examination on the assigned date, time, and location will be disqualified and will not be rescheduled.
  • B.The examination will consist of multiple-choice questions based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) duties.
VI.Reference Material
The Evidence Technician Exam Recommended Reading List is a suggested study guide for the written test phase of the selection process for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician).
VII.Eligibility List
  • A.Candidates selected within the top 70% of those who take the Written Practical Examination will be placed in rank order on an eligibility list of qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician). Ties will be resolved by seniority.
  • B.As vacancies occur, candidates will be selected from the eligibility list to attend a training program.
  • C.Candidates selected to participate in the Evidence Technician training program have the option to waive participating in the training program by submitting a To-From-Subject report to the Forensic Services Division, commanding officer, requesting a "Waiver of Eligibility." Candidates will remain eligible to participate in future Evidence Technician training programs only for the duration of this list.
  • D.Candidates may waive appointment to the position of Evidence Technician, as long as the list is active.
  • E.Management reserves the right to fill 20% of recognized vacancies at its discretion without regard to seniority or rank score, provided that the position is filled by a candidate on the eligibility list.
  • F.The eligibility list may be stricken at any time at the discretion of the Department. Placement on the eligibility list is not a guarantee of appointment to the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician).
VIII.Training Program
  • A.Selection to participate in the Evidence Technician training will not constitute an appointment to the position of Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician). Selection to participate in the training and evaluation program will constitute a detail to the Bureau of Detectives for the duration of training only. Upon successful completion of the training and evaluation program, the member will return to their unit of assignment. The member will be assigned to the Bureau of Detectives only after receiving approval from the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Office of Budget and Management (OBM).
  • B.Candidates selected for the training program will:
    • 1.take and pass a drug screening and a thorough medical examination, the scope of which will be determined by the Medical Services Section, immediately prior to the start of training. All medical examinations conducted as part of this selection process will be performed by medical personnel paid for and contracted by the Chicago Police Department.
    • 2.be detailed to the Forensic Services Division for the duration of training only.
    • 3.adjust their furlough period(s) if a segment conflicts with the training program and / or operational needs.
    • 4.successfully complete all training components and requirements during the training and evaluation period.
    • 5.perform satisfactorily in skills proficiency exams.
  • C.At any time during the training program, if it becomes apparent that a member exhibits problematic behavioral traits, and/or is physically or psychologically incapable of performing required duties, or fails training program testing, a unit supervisor or instructor will request the participating member be terminated from the training program. The request must document the reason(s) for termination from the training program and will be submitted through their chain of command to the Director, Forensic Services Division. Reasons for termination include, but are not limited to:
    • 1.failing any required training component or proficiency exam.
    • 2.failing to remain in a full duty status.
    • 3.the member demonstrating a lack of physical coordination, stamina, or strength to the degree that the member cannot perform the duties of a Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) as enumerated in this directive.
  • D.The Director overseeing the Forensic Services Division will review and, if appropriate, approve any requests to remove a candidate from training. When a member is terminated from the training program, they will be returned to their district or unit of assignment.
  • E.Only those members who have successfully completed the training and evaluation program will be eligible for assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician).
  • F.Members must be in a full-duty status at all times during training.
  • G.Members must remain in a full-duty status at all times while detailed or assigned to the Forensic Services Division as a Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) to remain eligible for D2 pay.
  • H.If the number of Evidence Technicians or personnel assigned to the Forensic Services Division is reduced, members in training will have their detail cancelled and will be returned to their district or unit of assignment.
IX.Additional Conditions
  • A.At any time during assignment to the Forensic Services Division, if a member demonstrates a lack of knowledge, skills, or abilities necessary for the assignment, is unable to perform the essential duties of the position, or exhibits problematic behavior, the member will be subject to review and removal from assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician) and will be returned to their career service rank of Police Officer.
  • B.Members must remain in a full-duty status to be eligible for continued assignment as a Police Officer (Assigned as Evidence Technician).
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
14-080 RDR