Criminal Investigator, Senior
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
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.