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Investigative Assistant

Salary: $16.11-$19.67 hourly / $2,802-$3,421 monthly / Range: 4906

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs general office and limited field duties in support of the investigation of criminal and/or civil cases; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Investigative Assistant is an entry-level classification and is distinguished from the Investigative Assistant, Senior by the latter's complexity of assignments, supervision of interns, and responsibilities for Federal, State, and local computerized applications. Investigative Assistant classifications are distinguished from the Criminal Investigator classifications in that Investigative Assistants are not sworn peace officers and cannot make arrests, serve search warrants, and carry firearms.


1. Processes and serves a variety of legal documents such as legal motions, subpoenas, orders, and complaints.
2. Uses DMV records, CLETS terminal, mainframe, and other computerized systems to locate individuals.
3. Obtains police reports, background checks, mug shots, fingerprints, and bookings from other agencies; photographs crime scenes and transports evidence.
4. Locates, interviews, and transports witnesses and victims to court appearances; provides information to witnesses and victims regarding transportation needs and court appearances.
5. Reviews criminal histories and backgrounds to determine security issues of witnesses and victims.
6. Performs data entry into the process tracking system to update records of subpoena service.
7. Testifies in court regarding actions taken to locate persons being served.
8. Prepares written and statistical reports for use in investigations.


1. Equivalent to graduation from high school; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required abilities.

Completion of some college course work in a criminal justice or law enforcement related area is highly desirable.

Additional Qualification: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Ability to: understand and apply laws, rules, and written directions; operate CLETS terminal and other computerized systems used to locate persons and information; establish and maintain effective working relationships; prepare complete and accurate narrative reports and records; learn to use photgraphic equipment; communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Supplemental Information: Employment in this classification requires successful completion of a criminal background investigation.


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