DEFINITION: Under general supervision (Criminal Investigator I)
or direction (Criminal Investigator II), conducts investigations in
a wide variety of criminal and civil cases handled by the District
Attorney's Office; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Criminal Investigator I is the
entry level classification in the series. Incumbents are expected to
obtain sufficient knowledge and proficiency to progress to the
journey level. The Criminal Investigator II is the journey-level
class in the series. Positions in this class are distinguished by
the incumbents' greater responsibility for conducting investigations
and for exercising greater independent judgment. The Criminal
Investigator I/II classifications are distinguished from the
Criminal Investigator, Senior by the latter's supervisory
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: LEVEL I:
1. Performs pre-trial investigations and assists other investigators
and prosecuting attorneys in court; traces, interviews, and
subpoenas witnesses, victims, and suspects in criminal and civil
cases; obtains statements, documents and related evidence for use in
2. Conducts investigations of a wide variety of civil complaints,
and felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, including such areas as:
consumer and environmental law, career offender matters, NSF checks,
spousal abuse, major narcotics offenders, 3-strikes prosecutions,
insurance fraud, parental child abductions, and family support
3. Examines court, police, public and governmental records needed
for investigation; assists prosecuting attorneys in the preparation
of evidence for trial by taking photographs, preparing diagrams,
4. Prepares and serves search warrants and arrest warrants; prepares
reports for use in preparation and prosecution of criminal and civil
5. Coordinates the appearance of witnesses at trial and explains
court procedures to them.
6. Testifies in court concerning evidence gathered in pre-trial
7. Acts as a liaison and coordinates investigative activities with
law enforcement officers from various agencies; conducts background
investigations of new staff.
8. Serves criminal and civil process documents; makes arrests as
necessary based on probable cause, bench warrants, and criminal
9. Operates police radio, personal and mainframe computers,
photographic and recording equipment, CLETS terminal, and other
related law enforcement equipment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: LEVEL II:
May be responsible for any of the duties performed by the Criminal
Investigator I, in addition to the following:
1. Plans, directs and conducts a variety of civil and felony and
misdemeanor criminal investigations prosecuted by the District
2. Provides investigative services for other County and public
agencies in areas such as Health Department violations, Building and
Planning violations, and Grand Jury investigations.
3. Establishes and maintains contact with informants and gathers
intelligence information concerning criminal activities.
4. Assists in the investigation of complicated criminal and civil
law violations that come within the province of the Grand Jury;
investigate perjury referrals from the Municipal or Superior Courts.
5. Cooperates with all law enforcement agencies of the county, state
and federal governments, and assists local agencies in the
investigation of crimes when requested to do so by the heads of
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS LEVEL I:
Possession of a valid Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate; and:
1. Two years of sworn criminal investigation experience in a law
enforcement agency; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides
the required knowledge and abilities.
Knowledge of: the substantive and procedural California criminal,
civil, juvenile, fraud, and support laws; techniques of
interviewing; the use and care of firearms; laws of arrest, search,
and seizure; rules of evidence; admissibility of confessions and
witnesses' statements; proper English construction and language
usage; financial recordkeeping; and tracing and locating missing
persons and assets.
Ability to: gather, analyze, correlate, and evaluate observed facts
and evidence; interview or interrogate witnesses and suspects
effectively; accurately prepare investigative reports; read and
comprehend legal material; communicate effectively orally and in
writing; work effectively with a variety of individuals and with
various levels of government, law enforcement, and judicial
agencies; work occasional long hours including evenings and/or
weekends; learn to use computers as an investigative resource;
learn, interpret, and apply the substantive and procedural laws and
regulations to non-support, establishment of paternity, and child
support collections; work independently; prepare a variety of
written documents such as affidavits, declarations, search and
arrest warrants, and investigative reports; and effectively deal
with hostile persons and effect arrests if necessary.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: LEVEL II:
Possession of a valid Intermediate P.O.S.T. Certificate; and:
1. Four years of sworn criminal investigation experience in a law
enforcement agency; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class
of Criminal Investigator I with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that
provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Same as level I plus: California Penal Code and sections of other
California codes commonly used in investigations, such as Business
and Professions, Evidence, Civil, Government, Elections, and Welfare
and Institutions Codes; courtroom procedures; techniques of
securing, evaluating, and preparing evidence and exhibits for trial;
techniques, methods, skills, and procedures used in criminal
investigations; and, financial recordkeeping and related documents
such as bank statements, records and ledgers.
Same as level I plus: Obtain information through interviews,
depositions and observations.
General: Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in
California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including but not
limited to: no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned),
good moral character as determined by thorough background check,
psychological evaluation, polygraph, submission of fingerprints for
purpose of criminal record check, and found to be free from any
physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely
affect the powers of a peace officer.
License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien who
is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
Special Requirement: May be required to assist on civil or criminal
cases being tried in other counties due to changes in venue; may be
required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays while conducting
major crime investigations or to assist other law enforcement
agencies in major emergencies.
Desirable Qualifications: Supplemental college-level coursework in
the field of law enforcement and the techniques of investigation;
personal and mainframe computer skills; and the ability to speak
fluently in Spanish.