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Investigative Assistant, Senior

Salary: $17.80-$21.74 hourly / $3,096-$3,780 monthly / Range: 5106

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs moderately complex general office and field investigation of criminal and limited civil cases; assists in trial preparation and presentation; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Investigative Assistant, Senior is distinguished from the Investigative Assistant in that the Senior is assigned a more complex workload, supervises interns, and acts as coordinator 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. Collects, preserves, identifies, and records evidence for use in investigations and as court exhibits. Photographs or videotapes crime scenes, victim's injuries, and evidence for use as court exhibits
2. Locates and interviews victims and witnesses in felony and misdemeanor cases, and composes complete and accurate reports for use in investigations.
3. Creates charts, timelines, graphs, and diagrams for court presentations using various computerized applications.
4. Processes and serves documents such as legal motions, subpoenas, orders, and complaints to victims and witnesses.
5. Processes discovery requests by locating and reproducing evidence for opposing counsel.
6. Testifies in court regarding process service, CLETS, and prior conviction documents.
7. Trains investigative and clerical staff in the use of CLETS and other computerized systems; maintains accurate user records of CLETS and other computerized systems to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local requirements.
8. Recruits interns by performing outreach to educational institutions; interviews, selects, trains, and monitors the progress of interns; provides school with performance reports, and completes required documentation.


1. Two years of experience performing investigative interviews and/or compiling and displaying information for use in criminal and/or civil cases, or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to Investigative Assistant 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.

Completion of some college course work in criminal justice or law enforcement related areas are highly desirable.

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

Knowledge of: the criminal justice system; criminal and civil prosecution; basic investigative procedures and techniques.

Ability to: complete assignments without close immediate supervision; understand and apply laws, rules, and written directions; research, compile, report, and display information for criminal or civil cases; search for and obtain copies of local, state, and federal public records; effectively interview witnesses and victims to obtain information; use computer systems for the production of charts and diagrams and gathering information; operate a variety of photographic and recording equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships; prepare complete and accurate narrative reports and records; recruit, train, and supervise student interns; 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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