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  • 1 Dec 2022 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    Police Records Technician II

    Police Records Tech II 2022.pdf

    Click on the title above to access the link to the job information and instructions on how to apply!

  • 24 Oct 2022 2:19 PM | Dana Ross (Administrator)

    Evidence Technician & Crime Scene Investigator, Anne Marie Schuetski

    1). Full Name, Department you work for, How long at Department, Number of officers, official title.

    Anne Marie Schuetski, Eagan Police Department, 3.5 years, 77 officers, Evidence Technician & Crime Scene Investigator

    2). Who is in the evidence department with you?

    I am the sole Evidence Technician here; my back-up is our Investigative Specialist Bryan Hughes (who is also on our Crime Scene Team which is overseen by me).  I report to our Emergency Services Manager Jeremy Klein and our Administrative Lieutenant Nate Tennessen.

    2). What is your involvement with MAPET?

    I am one of the two LEGAL AFFAIRS committee chair members.  I wanted to be on this committee so that MAPET members could have receive accurate, timely information regarding any new evidence-related statutes, and in turn we could (hopefully) provide an easy resource for legislators to consult prior to passing any new laws.  I may have been too ambitious in these goals, but I like to aim high!

    3). What are some of your favorite evidence technician/property room manager tasks?

    I really enjoy specialty deep-dive projects!  Most recently I did a major gun purge – we had been holding onto mental health/suicidal firearms for over ten years without any plan for what to do with them.  I worked with my Lieutenant and my back-up to research all those cases, find current addresses for the owners, draft an appropriately-worded letter (it included the phrase “we regret to conjure up memories of a difficult time from the past”) and managed to get rid of firearms for over 50 cases between my latest gun disposal and owners who did respond to my letters.  I have so much more room!  

    4). What is the most unique/weird item currently in your Property room?

    My most regrettable item is a giant roll of carpet from a (solved) homicide 40+ years ago.  If we knew then what we know now, we would’ve cut out the areas necessary instead of removing the carpet from the entire room.  I also have a dead cat in my freezer.  I recently sent to auction 100 silver bars that were left behind in a Costco shopping cart (and Costco does not sell them) that were never claimed – how could you not realize you misplaced your silver bars?  And who walks around with silver bars anyways?!?

    5). What is currently your biggest challenge?

    Keeping up with disposals!  I also lead our Crime Scene Team, so I can be sent out to scenes at any time plus I organize our trainings, budget, etc.  It’s a significantly variable workload, so when I have some slow time is when I purge – but if I get lazy about it, it really starts to back up.

    6). Recent victory in your property room?

    Getting my back-up!  For three years it was just me (and it still kind of is) but when 30% of your time is spent out of the office on crime scene calls, doing runs to/from the BCA, at our secondary long-term storage site, etc – it was very disruptive to our staff and members of the public who just assumed that someone would be reachable at any time. For a long time my administration wanted to push the agenda of “we should be teaching members of the public to make appointments” and while I hypothetically agree with that resolve, it’s not how it works in real life – most of the people who are trying to get property back from me don’t have phones, internet, reliable transportation or the foresight to make and keep appointments … and while I can be stringent about “appointment times” with these people, it’s just easier for everyone (including myself) if I can get their 4 dirty duffel bags full of used clothing out of my property room when they show up unannounced.  I couldn’t be happier to have a reliable, competent back-up who can pitch in when I’m out of the office or in a meeting.

    7). What advice would you give to new techs in the field?

    UTILIZE MAPET AS A RESOURCE!!  I have asked one million questions of this group before we formalized into what we are today, and gotten so much great advice.  I’m happy to share whatever I know in turn.

  • 20 Sep 2022 2:09 PM | Kelly O'Donnell (Administrator)

    The link below should take you to the Evidence Technician job posting that went live this morning. We are filling 3 vacancies in our Unit. The expected calendar for hiring is:

    • November 15-29, 2021 – applications accepted
    • November 29-December 2, 2021 – Screening/scoring
    • December 7-8, 2021 – 1st interviews
    • December 15 – 2nd interviews
    • December 16, 2021-February 3, 2022 – background investigation

    Job offers will be made after backgrounds are completed.

    If the link doesn’t work, please go to the City of Minneapolis website and search for “Job Opportunities”

    Thank you for considering a position with the Minneapolis Police Department – Property and Evidence Unit! Feel free to forward this email to anyone who may meet the qualifications. If you have questions, please let me know at the phone or email below.

    Thank you!

    Kerstin Hammarberg – Manager

    Property and Evidence Unit

    Minneapolis Police

    3100 N. 2nd St.

    Minneapolis, MN 55411


  • 19 Sep 2022 1:29 PM | Kelly O'Donnell (Administrator)

    The BCA is hiring 3 NIBIN Technicians.

    Job Class: Management Analyst 1

    Working Title: Forensic Laboratory Technician

    Closing on 9/26/22


  • 15 Sep 2022 1:47 PM | Kelly O'Donnell (Administrator)

    Gun Busters will be coming back to Minnesota October 26-27, 2022!!

    If your agency is interested in a pick up for destruction, please reach out to Rick Borgmeyer at:

  • 1 Sep 2022 8:53 AM | Dana Ross (Administrator)

    Property and Evidence Specialist, Krystal Ludgate

    1). Full Name, Department you work for, How long at Department, Number of officers, official title.

    Krystal Ludgate, Edina Police Department, 10 years, 55+ officers, Property and Evidence Specialist

    2). Who is in the evidence department with you?

    Just me, myself and I.  Oh, and sometimes what I think is a ghost of a murder victim.

    3). What is your involvement with MAPET?

    I am the social media coordinator.  Joint responsibilities of the website and Facebook page.  I like having a more laid-back position.

    4). What are some of your favorite evidence technician/property room manager tasks?

    I LOVE to organize in real life so clearing off a shelf and reorganizing is super fun for me.  I love making signs, labels and lists.  Sharpies are my best friend.  Going on Search Warrants is fun and very helpful when processing evidence.  When you are there to see it collected, it makes so much more sense.      

    5). What is the most unique/weird item currently in your Property room?

    1.  I have a hand-held cannon that was used to commit suicide.  It looks like something you’d see on a desk that might be a pencil sharpener.

    2.  The driver’s seat from a car in which a murder victim was placed and then the car was set on fire.  It was a very traumatic series of events for all the officers involved so I feel like having the seat here is closure for them because it was her last location.  She’s the ghost I think comes from time to time. 

    6). What is currently your biggest challenge?

    Prior to my predecessor there was not a very good system for documentation so I have some property that has no paperwork associated with it.  We’re constantly doing research trying to figure out if we need to keep it or not and no one wants to make the decision.  It’s very frustrating. 

    7). Recent victory in your property room?

    I just got my property retention policy changed from end of sentence to post conviction appeal period.

    We also completed our very first ever inventory last fall.  It was a very daunting task but so worth it.

    8). What advice would you give to new techs in the field?

    Know your role and responsibilities and know them well.  Seek out training opportunities, you can never have enough as this is an ever-evolving position.  No one wants your job so learn how to do it well and own it. 

  • 25 Aug 2022 3:19 PM | Kelly O'Donnell (Administrator)

  • 13 Aug 2022 7:42 AM | Kelly O'Donnell (Administrator)


    MAPET's First Annual Conference will be taking place in 2023!!!
    • October 10-12, 2023
    • Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN

    We will keep you posted on Registration as soon as we are ready. But block off those days and tell your boss now so it can be included in your department's training budget planning for 2023!

  • 12 Aug 2022 10:02 AM | Dana Ross (Administrator)

    August Highlight: Hermantown Police Department

    Evidence Technician, Dana Ross

    Dana Ross

    1). Full Name, Department you work for, How long at Department, Number of officers, official title.

    Dana Ross, Hermantown Police Department, 7 years, 17 officers, Evidence Technician.

    2). Who is in the evidence department with you?

    I am the sole Evidence Technician here and Commander Jon Esterbrooks is the Investigative Commander who oversees my position.

    3). What is your involvement with MAPET?

    I am the Membership Coordinator who primarily works with membership certifications. It has been really exciting for me to be a part of this organization and I am so excited to see where it goes!

    4). What are some of your favorite Evidence Technician/Property Room Manager tasks?

    I really enjoy our department’s new barcoding system! We recently had a large purge in 2021 as we transitioned from a paper system to electronic this February, so it has been an amazingly smooth transition!

    5). What is the most unique/weird item currently in your Property room?

    I currently have a McDonalds cheeseburger in my freezer that has been there for way too long. I believe it was related to a suspicious death so not sure how long I need to keep it….  

    6). What is currently your biggest challenge?

    Because of the switch from our paper system to electronic I have a lot of old property reports to scan in and it will take me forever! Our department was founded in the 1970s so it’s a lot of paperwork to go through.

    7). Recent victory in your property room?

    I would say the 2021 purge was a tremendous victory for us at HPD and that has given me SO much more space to play with. Getting the officers used to working with our new system has also been really great for our whole department. I am the first Evidence Technician my department has had (prior it was always the Deputy Chief’s responsibility) so it has been a lot of firsts here for my Commander and I to navigate! I am very proud of where we are currently at today.  

    8). What advice would you give to new techs in the field?

    Be prepared for change and don’t be discouraged. It takes a lot of time to learn the job and patience is key! Don’t be afraid to ask questions to surrounding technicians as well. They have been a HUGE help in making me more comfortable and knowledgeable in my role.  

  • 1 Aug 2022 8:28 AM | Kelly O'Donnell (Administrator)

    From IAPE Newsletter:

    Event That Could Affect Your Property Room

    On July 29, 2022. The House of Representatives voted to pass an assault weapons ban Friday evening, with legislators narrowly approving the bill with a 217-213 vote.

    According to the Bill's summary, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 would make it illegal to "knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).

    Now that the House has voted, it will be debated in the Senate. It is unknown if the Bill will get the necessary votes in the Senate. The actions of the Senate in the very near future need to be watch carefully by all those of you that store firearms in their property room. Let us suppose the Bill passes and is signed by the president and then ask yourself what will the impact or your property room?

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