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Criminal Investigator, Senior

Salary: N/A

DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs highly skilled and specialized investigative work assignments of the more complex and sensitive criminal and civil matters in the District Attorney's Office; supervises and directs the work of subordinate investigators and acts as the supervisor of the unit in the absence of the Chief Criminal Investigator; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The classification of Criminal Investigator, Senior is distinguished from Criminal Investigator I/II by the former's supervisory responsibility and the complexity of the work assignments. Criminal Investigator, Senior is distinguished from Criminal Investigator, Chief by the latter's overall management responsibilities of the Investigations Division of the District Attorney's Office.


1. Plans, organizes, and directs the work of subordinate staff by providing training, delegating assignments, and reviewing work; assists in the selection of staff; and evaluates subordinates.
2. Supervises criminal and civil investigations relating to such areas as consumer and environmental matters, NSF checks, spousal abuse, major narcotics offenders, child support, career offenders, and 3-strikes prosecutions.
3. In cooperation with the Chief Criminal Investigator, establishes priorities regarding case assignments and resources; acts as supervisor of the Investigations Division in the absence of the Chief Criminal Investigator.
4. Investigates the more sensitive and complex criminal and civil cases, such as intricate fraud, Grand Jury cases, and reported violations of the Elections Code, Corporations Code, securities laws, Brown Act, Fair Political Practices Act, Revenue and Taxation Code, etc.
5. Assists prosecuting attorneys in preparation of major cases by performing duties such as preparing financial reconstruction and charting of major fraud for use as evidence.
6. Conducts internal investigations of subordinates upon citizen complaint or other alleged impropriety.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Advanced P.O.S.T. Certificate, completion of 60 semester or equivalent quarter units from an accredited college or university; and,

1. Six 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 II 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


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 change in venues; may be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays while conducting major crime investigations or to assist other law enforcement agencies in major emergencies.

Knowledge of: 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 Institution Codes; laws of arrest, search, and seizure; rules of evidence and courtroom procedures; proper English construction and language usage; techniques of securing, evaluating, and preparing evidence and exhibits for trial; techniques, methods, skills, and procedures used in criminal investigations; scientific investigative equipment and the resources and techniques available in public and private criminal laboratories; the use and care of firearms; accounting sufficient to read and understand financial documents and to trace and reconstruct the flow of funds through financial records; and tracing and locating missing persons and assets.

Ability to: supervise and train subordinates; gather, analyze, and evaluate observed facts and evidence; obtain information through interviews, depositions, and observations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, witnesses, the general public, and members of other law enforcement agencies; prepare a variety of written documents such as affidavits, declarations, search and arrest warrants, and investigative reports; effectively deal with hostile persons and effect arrests if necessary; read, understand, and apply laws, regulations, rules and policies; work occasional long hours, evenings, and/or weekends; learn to operate personal and mainframe computers as investigative aids; learn, interpret, and apply the substantive and procedural laws and regulations pertaining to non-support, establishment of paternity and child support collections; organize, prioritize, and delegate work; and work independently.

Desirable Qualifications: Personal and mainframe computer skills; and the ability to speak fluently in Spanish.

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