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Police Investigator

City of Riverdale

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017

End Date: Mar. 4, 2018

This position is non-exempt and responsible for performing investigative work on criminal activity.  The individual in this position is responsible for interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects, surveillance and documenting case records.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Three years of law enforcement experience
  • Must be POST certified
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience 
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Associate’s degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Criminology or related field
  • Previous experience as an assigned or appointed investigator/detective with a law enforcement agency   
Major Duties:
  • Responds to crime scene and assumes leadership role in directing necessary actions
  • Locates and interview witnesses and victims
  • Interrogates or questions suspects
  • Recognizes and identifies evidence; gather information from incident report and /or crime scene; obtains statements, document related factual evidence; collect and transport evidence to crime laboratory
  • Examines court, law enforcement, public and governmental records needed for investigation
  • Gathers, analyzes, and preserves evidence concerning crimes; keeps records and prepared reports related to investigative work
  • Prepares case files for criminal prosecution; testify in court
  • Confers with informants to get information on activities going on within the City
  • Investigates crimes and related law enforcement problems; performs crime scene searches by photographing and/or diagramming scene and evidence, checking for latent fingerprints, and collecting any physical evidence present
  • Maintains control over physical evidence gathered; records and stores evidence in department; processes evidence identification information; transports evidence to state crime lab for further processing
  • Determines probable cause to search, obtain search warrant for appropriate court, and personally conducts searches authorized; describes reason for arrest and obtains arrest warrant for appropriate court, and either personally makes arrest or turns warrant over to uniform patrol division or other police agency for service
  • Detains and arrests suspects; protects the rights of individuals in custody; processes arrested persons by obtaining identification and prior arrest record information, recording all property confiscated, and transporting suspects to jail
  • Serves as the Property and Evidence Custodian; prepares records of all property and evidence ensuring the chain of custody is maintained; stores property and evidence in a secure manner ensuring the proper disposition
  • Compiles and analyzes intelligence information on criminals and criminal activity; identifies criminals responsible for activity and provides possible courses of action that can be taken to curtail that activity
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
Knowledge Required by the Position:
  • Knowledge of federal, state and City laws and Police Department policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of interrogation and crime scene procedures
  • Knowledge of principles of identification, preservation and presentation of evidence
  • Knowledge of legal procedures and rules of evidence
  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques, including effective methods of obtaining information from reluctant witnesses
  • Skill in operating modern office equipment
Ability Required by the Position:
  • Ability to learn, interpret and apply provisions of criminal law
  • Ability to obtain information and evidence by observation, record examination and interviews
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate the statements of witnesses or suspected violators
  • Ability to secure and present evidence in oral and written forms
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately
  • Ability to think and act quickly and adopt an effective course of action
  • Ability to prepare correspondence and reports
  • Ability to meet standards of physical endurance and agility
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with general public in sometimes difficult and trying circumstances (Customer Service)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the general public
  • Ability to work accurately with detailed records and complex information
  • Ability to work independently
Supervisory Controls:  Work is assigned by Sergeant or Commander to support Police Department goals and objectives.
Physical Demands: Must have the capability to hear, speak and see to communicate with the general public. Must have the strength and ability to apprehend, subdue and restrain criminal offenders. Physical exertion may be required to climb stairs and over walls, run, bend, twist, reach, crawl through tight spaces, kneel in confined areas; sit for prolonged periods of time; move/push/pull or lift heavy objects exceeding 50 lbs; subject to 24-hour call back for emergencies; great mental ability is required daily.
Work Environment: Duties are performed in an office environment, at scene of incident, or on patrol in an assigned area.