Investigative Assistant, Senior
Salary: $17.80-$21.74 hourly / $3,096-$3,780 monthly / Range:
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
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
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
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
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
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
Supplemental Information: Employment in this classification requires
successful completion of a criminal background investigation.