The Evidence Technician program utilizes professional staff to effectively manage and provide secure storage for all items seized by Oregon State Police Troopers. Using Evidence Technicians relieves sworn members, such as Sergeants and Lieutenants, from maintaining evidence and returns them to their regular duties and responsibilities. Technicians currently manage over 50,000 items of evidence state wide, including found property and property identified as “safe keeping.”
There are 16 Oregon State Police Evidence Technicians located throughout the state. Their primary focus is to acquire, maintain and dispose of property and evidence according to State and Federal laws and agency guidelines. Evidence Technicians maintain the security of the evidence lockers and are trained in storage techniques to protect evidence from deterioration, loss, and contamination. Detailed records of transactions involving items of evidence are maintained in order to preserve the chain of custody. A computerized inventory system is employed to maintain the detailed records necessary for the presentation of evidence in court. After cases are complete, Technicians work closely with District Attorneys, Judges and other authorizing agents to dispose of the evidence appropriately.