INVESTIGATOR

Full Time
Police Station
Posted 4 weeks ago

JOB SUMMARY

Performs technical law enforcement work as a non-uniformed police officer in the investigation of crimes related to narcotics and the detection and prevention of violations of the law. Employee uses best judgement and knowledge in interpreting state laws, local ordinances, and departmental regulations, as well as appraising the effectiveness of local law enforcement and providing recommendations for improvement where indicated.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Investigator will work with the department and other police agencies or departments to combat illegal drug use and distribution.  
  2. Performs skilled investigative work involving alleged crimes against persons or property, in the office and the field under minimal supervision.
  3. Receives civil complaints and makes general information reports.
  4. Obtains written or tape-recorded statements, depositions, or admissions.
  5. Questions or interrogates complainants, witnesses and suspects; apprehends suspects and makes arrests.
  6. Prepares and serves search warrants.
  7. Searches crime scenes for and secures evidence to be reported for classification.
  8. Provides for witness or victim preparation and management, including transportation as necessary.
  9. Contacts other agencies and law enforcement jurisdictions to exchange information, including but not limited to military, NCIC, FBI, DEA, ATF, and other criminal history or intelligence resources.
  10. Prepares, submits, and follows-up on crime laboratory requests.
  11. Reviews cases being prepared for trial with emphasis on the evidentiary and legal issues crucial to successful prosecution. Prepares detailed reports of activities and investigations made; consults with prosecutors and prepares case report for court action; testifies in court.
  12. Assists in obtaining, enhancing, preparing or presenting exhibits or other evidence in court as required.
  13. Coordinates with the Medical Examiner assigned to handle officer involved death investigations.  Attend autopsies as required.
  14. Conducts sensitive investigations into allegations of official misconduct or violations of law by public officials or police officers. Conducts internal affairs investigations as required.
  15. Conducts detailed criminal cases analysis following the arrest and charging of a suspect, with emphasis on counteracting specific legal defenses.
  16. Provides review and/or analysis of fraud, white-collar crime, forgery or special inquiry court cases as requested.
  17. Assists in case reviews or plea-bargaining negotiations with defense counsel as requested by the prosecuting attorney.
  18. Locates and interviews those listed on defense witness lists.
  19. Assists in providing training to department officers in the area of criminal investigations.
  20. Maintains normal availability by radio or telephone for consultation on major emergencies or precedent. 
  21. Carries out duties in conformance with federal, state, county, and city laws and ordinances.
  22. Supports the relationship between the City of Commerce and the public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with other city staff, citizens of Commerce, and visitors. Maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information, consistent with City employee ethics training.
  23. Responsible for the promotion of public relations, media relations, and responds to and resolves sensitive public inquiries or complaints as assigned.
  24. Oversees the regular scheduled maintenance of equipment, inventory and fleet management maintenance, care and usage. Maintains property and evidence in accordance with state law. Promotes compliance with associated policies in the maintenance and care of city-owned property and vehicles.
  25. Promotes the city’s mission of creating and maintaining a community of the highest quality for both present and future generations.
  26. Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

PERIPHERAL DUTIES

Maintains departmental equipment, supplies and facilities.

Serves as a backup for traffic control, police patrol, crime prevention or other policing functions as required.

Provides detailed background investigations of prospective department employees.

Assists in department supervisory and administrative activities as assigned.

Assists in training new employees as assigned.

Performs minor repairs to departmental equipment as necessary.

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

General: 

(A) Must be 21 years or older at the time of employment;

(B) Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any State;

(C) Felony convictions and disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years are not allowed;

(D) U.S. citizen;

(E) Must be able to read and write the English language;

(F) Must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious habits.

Education and Experience:

(A) High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by a two‑year community college degree or vocational school training in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, public administration, or a related field;

(B) Minimum of 36 months of full-time paid service as a sworn police officer.

(C) Successful completion of State Basic Training Academy, or

(D) Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(A) Considerable knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; considerable knowledge of investigative practices and procedures; considerable knowledge of proper methods of securing, handling, and preserving evidence; working knowledge to security clearance access to the law enforcement, court, state and Federal and other criminal history resources.

(B) Skill in operating the tools and equipment listed below;

(C) Ability to analyze complex situations, problems and data, and use sound judgment in drawing conclusions and making decisions; Ability to comprehend and articulate complex facts and relationships in detail and to summarize and write clearly, concisely and legibly, and to testify in court in an objective, concise, and professional manner; Ability to produce or obtain reports, graphs, charts, photographs or the evidence or exhibits; Ability to perform work requiring good physical condition; Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, subordinates, peers and supervisors; Ability to follow verbal and written instructions; Ability to meet the special requirements listed below; Ability to learn the City’s geography.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

(A) Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid drivers license without record of suspension or revocation in any state.

(B) Ability to meet the department’s physical standards.

(C) Basic Law Enforcement Training certification or equivalent.

(D) Completion of the following Emergency Management courses via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700(a), ICS 800(b), ICS 300, ICS 400 or the ability to complete all within 1 year of hire. 

(E) Ability to obtain other relative certifications as necessary to carry out functions.

(F) Must be able to work holidays, weekends, or after hours for special events, meetings or during emergency situations as required.  This position requires shift work availability and flexibility/availability outside of assigned hours.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

Personal computer, typewriter, camera, tape recorder, police car, police radio, handgun and other weapons as required, ASP baton, handcuffs, pager, first aid equipment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work involves sitting, talking, hearing, using hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls and reaching with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, taste or smell.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must occasionally push, pull, lift and/or carry more than 100 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places; and
with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

A copy of the City’s Step & Grade/Pay plan regarding compensation can be found online at Financial Transparency/ Personnel/ Pay Plan for Regular Employees. Financial Transparency – City of Commerce (commercetx.org) https://commercetx.org/departments/department-of-finance/financial-transparency/#146-personnel

The City of Commerce offers a competitive benefits package including a contributory retirement plan, medical, dental and vison insurance for City employees paid for 100% by the employer, life and disability insurance, and paid time off.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Formal application; rating of education and experience, oral interview, and reference check. Other job-related tests may be required; drug screen, background check, psychological examination, written and physical agility test, and pre-employment medical examination.  NOTE:  Appointees will be subject to completion of a standard probationary period.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The City of Commerce is an “at will” employer.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

The City of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing fair and equal treatment of all applicants for employment without regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


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