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Douglas County  2370
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Pay Range GC19S

INTRODUCTION This classification primarily provides setup and monitoring of technical surveillance equipment and investigative support to the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT), to include conducting surveillance and executing arrest warrants of illegal narcotics suspects, securing of crime scenes and specializing in the disposition of hazardous evidence from methamphetamine labs and indoor/outdoor marijuana grows. In addition, this classification is responsible for receiving, recording, storing and disposing of evidence and seized or forfeited properties, property inventory, packaging samples to the Oregon State Crime Lab, sale and disposal of evidence, record-keeping and testifying at legal proceedings. Incumbent maintains DINT equipment and vehicles.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES (Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.  Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Assist in the identification of illegal narcotics by providing technical support, services and assist in the apprehension of suspects.

2. Initiate and maintain electronic and personal surveillance of outdoor marijuana grows, methamphetamine laboratories and other criminal activity. Coordinate with staff on status and progress of work to ensure proper equipment is available.

3. Assist in evidentiary and person searches at search warrants and suspect contacts.

4. Document investigations by photograph, video tape, audio tape and written reports.

5. Provide entry and perimeter security during the execution of search warrants.

6. Provide instruction for outdoor marijuana investigation to DINT employees and area law enforcement agencies.

7. Assist the District Attorney’s office with preparation for court proceedings and judicial resolution of seized property.

8. Assist in the safeguarding, interviewing and transporting of suspects.

9. Receive evidence/property.  Inventory, identify, record, store and release or dispose of property that has been kept as evidence or has been seized and forfeited.

10. Establish and maintain property and evidence storage records in accordance with state and federal regulations for evidence handling.  Prepare reports as required.

11. Dispose of evidence and property as allowed by regulations.  This could include sale and/or disposal of forfeited and surplus property.

12. Examine evidence and property for latent fingerprints.  Provide basic identification of latent prints.

13. Receive and resolve complaints from property owners regarding property and evidence held by Sheriff’s Office and/or DINT.

14. Maintain DINT equipment and vehicles; assure proper operating condition.


Knowledge of:  Thorough knowledge with installation and maintenance of electronic surveillance equipment, chemical and botanical characteristics of illegal narcotics and laws regarding search and seizure; considerable knowledge of property storage, inventory, retrieval and disposal practices and procedures and equipment (vehicle) repair).  Basic knowledge of law enforcement techniques and practices, and the goals and objectives of a narcotics task force.  Skill in: Use of electronic surveillance equipment, computer systems for data entry and retrieval; repair and maintenance of electronic equipment; safe operation of vehicles, equipment and tools. Ability to:  Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms with the public, DINT and internal entities; identify and store property; work independently and manage time efficiently; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, DINT board, committees, vendors, contractors, consultants, law enforcement agencies, equipment and automobile repair services and the public.

Education, experience and training:  Four years work experience in installation and maintenance of electronic equipment used for surveillance, execution and apprehension of illegal narcotics suspects, evidentiary materials and property inventory or management, or law enforcement OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training.  At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable Qualifications:  Law enforcement experience; electronic and automotive repair experience.


This classification works under the general direction of the DINT commander.  Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience.  The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation.  Employee estimates and manages time efficiently.  Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within established departmental policy, procedures and directives; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances relative to installation and maintenance of technical surveillance equipment, search and seizure procedures, handling hazardous materials, seized and forfeited property; rules of evidence; inventory control practices and procedures; fingerprinting guidelines; equipment and automotive references and repair manuals.  Guidelines are generally applicable with adaptation made to meet specific problems.  Deviations or unusual problems are referred to the supervisor.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in a field and office environment.  Assignments may require physical demands of climbing, walking or running through rough terrain to apprehend and restrain violent people, lifting up to 60 pounds but may lift and move an unconscious person, pushing, pulling, stooping and twisting.  Requires color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing alarms and voice conversation and keyboarding.  Work is performed in an environment that involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A reasonable amount of driving is involved.

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