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Property management specialist


Knowledge of:

The ideal candidate should possess a comprehensive understanding of computer systems and software applications relevant to their assigned tasks, demonstrating proficiency in operating standard or customized computers. They should also showcase the ability to learn and adapt to advancements in computer and electronics device technology and software. Knowledge of computer inventory systems, storage procedures, and other protocols related to evidence/property unit operations is essential. Additionally, candidates should have an understanding of methods for securing evidentiary items, proper handling procedures for court proceedings, legal chain of custody requirements, and research processes for property ownership records. A strong grasp of safety procedures involved in processing and storing evidentiary items is necessary to ensure compliance and maintain integrity.



Ability to:

The ideal candidate should demonstrate strong multitasking abilities and the capacity to prioritize tasks accurately and swiftly, especially under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines. They should possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, police officers, administrators, and the general public, even in occasionally adversarial or stressful interactions. Furthermore, candidates should be capable of preparing and maintaining clear, concise, and accurate reports, as well as maintaining confidentiality of records. Basic mathematical proficiency, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, is required. Additionally, candidates should have the ability to learn and apply department rules and procedures pertaining to property management effectively.


becoming a property management specialist

Salary Range:

$50,041.27 – $63,867.22 dependent on experience.


An employee in this class is responsible for the day-to-day operation of evidence processing at the Council Bluffs Police Department, including securing, taking inventory on, releasing, upholding the chain of custody, and maintaining accurate records of all found, recovered, seized, and evidentiary property in the custody of the Department. The employee will handle items such as firearms, drugs, hazardous materials, blood stained clothing, and money. An employee in this classification works under the supervision of the CSI/Police Services Manager.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Receives, records, and preserves all material of evidentiary value
  2. Keeps Property Room secure and maintains an organized, neat, and orderly property in the records management system
  3. Destroys or disposes of property appropriately per department policy
  4. Applies for Court orders for evidence destruction and adheres to said orders
  5. Compiles monthly statistics and summaries relative to the maintenance of evidence and property
  6. Participates in inventories and audits of the Property Room
  7. Testifies in Court regarding chain of custody and handling of evidence
  8. Makes proper legal notices to individuals through certified mail and newspaper advertisement
  9. Ensures that prior to the release of any property, an appropriate officer and/or the City or County Attorney’s Office has authorized such release
  10. Other duties as assigned 


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with completion of an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement or a related field
  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience working with a law enforcement agency
  • A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a responsible clerical work position involving organization and maintenance of records
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work


Certifications, Licenses, Registrations:

  •  Valid Driver’s License
  • Must obtain the Certified Property and Evidence Specialist Certification within one (1) year of hire, absent any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent obtaining certification within that time frame
  • Must be available to attend ongoing training, which may be held out of town and require occasional overnight stays 


Physical Conditions:

In this role, the employee will frequently engage in physical activities including standing, walking, sitting, using hands to handle objects, reaching, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling. They must possess the capability to see, talk, and hear effectively. Occasionally, the employee may need to lift and handle objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds, while frequently handling objects weighing up to twenty (20) pounds, and continuously managing objects up to ten (10) pounds. The work environment primarily involves indoor activities within a storeroom setting, where the employee may encounter unpleasant odors and handle biohazard items.



Join the Council Bluffs Police Department (CBPD) and dedicate yourself to advancing the wellbeing of our community and protecting the rights of all people.

Embark on a meaningful career with multiple opportunities for professional development and advancement. The CBPD family has openings and we promise to challenge you, rely on you, and take care of you.

Frequently asked Questions

The CBPD serves and protects the community of Council Bluffs, which comprises over 62,000 residents and businesses. It operates within the greater Omaha metro area, enforcing city, state, and federal traffic and criminal laws.
Yes, candidates must live within 60 miles (according to Google Maps) of the police department located at 1 Ezra Jackson Way, Council Bluffs, IA 51503.

Yes, officers have the opportunity to join the Fraternal Order of Police Union, specifically FOP Lodge 1

  • This phase includes a thorough background investigation covering criminal history, driving records, employment history, interviews with various individuals, and a polygraph exam to assess truthfulness.
  • Under investigation or indictment for a felony offense
  • Commission or admission of felony, aggravated misdemeanor, or crime involving moral turpitude
  • Conviction for a crime of domestic violence
  • Certain juvenile criminal behavior
  • Specific traffic violations
  • Failure to obtain a valid driver’s license upon appointment
  • Providing false information during the selection process
  • Involvement in the sale, manufacture, or transportation for sale of any scheduled drug or narcotic
  • Recent use or ingestion of scheduled drugs, narcotics, or steroids
  • Dishonorable discharge from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Any offer of employment requires the candidate to sign an agreement for reimbursement of training expenses and cost of specialized personal equipment. This agreement stipulates that if a Police Officer voluntarily terminates employment within the first five years, they must reimburse the City on a pro-rata basis for certain costs as described in City policy 211:1, Termination of Employment.
  • Juvenile criminal behavior may be considered for disqualification, particularly if the offense involved serious injury to another, sexual assault, use of a deadly weapon, or if the applicant was tried and convicted as an adult for a felony committed as a juvenile.
  • The Physical Agility Examination is the first phase of testing, developed and mandated by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. All candidates, except currently certified peace officers through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, are required to take this exam. The exam assesses candidates’ physical fitness, and only those who pass are eligible to proceed further in the testing process. The test consists of mile and half run, maximum pushups in a minute, and maximum sit-ups in a minute. Iowa Law Enforcement Academy used the Copper standards to evaluate the scores.
  • The Written Examination is the second phase of testing and is required by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Candidates are given a recommended amount of time to complete the exam, typically about 2 hours. All applicants must begin testing at the same time, and late arrivals are ineligible to participate. Candidates who score 70% or above on each section of the exam are eligible to proceed in the testing process.
  • Yes, candidates who are currently certified peace officers through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy are not required to attend either the Physical Agility Examination or the Written Examination. Additionally, successful Stanard & Associates POST scores may be used in lieu of retesting for the Written Examination.
  • Traffic violations are generally excluded from disqualification, with specific exceptions such as DUI offenses within three years from the date of application and certain serious traffic violations within 24 months prior to the application.
  • Yes, bilingual officers receive an additional $25.00 per paycheck as compensation for their language skills.


At our core, we are committed to fostering a culture of community-driven policing, where the well-being of our community members stands as our utmost priority. With an unwavering focus on nurturing relationships built on trust, respect, and empathy, our department strives to provide quality service to all with a steadfast dedication to excellence.
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