Evidence Technicians are specially trained officers and detectives with two main functions, assisting with evidence collection and evidence maintenance. All officers receive basic training in evidence collection and are able to process evidence. For more involved cases or in incidents with numerous pieces of evidence, evidence technicians can assist.
Perhaps the most important and involved function of the evidence technicians is to manage the thousands of pieces of evidence and property held by the Department. When officers obtain evidence it is logged into the records management system and then turned over to the evidence technicians. The evidence technicians may need to process the evidence but it ultimately ends up in the evidence storage room. State law requires that evidence and property be maintained for certain periods of time depending on the case.