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Position Summary
This position is responsible for the investigation of assigned criminal cases to determine the nature of criminal activity, to prevent or solve crimes, and to identify and apprehend offenders.

Position Description
Essential Job Duties

  • Responds to crime scenes; receives reports from other department personnel; examines crime scenes to obtain clues and gather evidence; identifies, collects, marks and preserves physical evidence; takes videos and photographs; identifies and collects fingerprints.
  • Interviews or interrogates complainants, witnesses, victims, suspects and informants; obtains and receives signed statements; conducts undercover surveillance.
  • Analyzes criminal activity and evidence to develops leads, identify witnesses and develop informant sources.
  • Writes and files reports on completed cases; details witnesses and testimony, occurrence of events, and criminal history of suspects; describes actions taken and results obtained.
  • Investigates known or suspected criminals or facts of particular cases to detect or deter criminal activity.
  • Obtains and serves criminal search and arrest warrants; obtains and serves subpoenas and motions.
  • Apprehends and arrests suspects.
  • Prepares, submits and presents cases for prosecution; assists in developing court presentations; presents evidence and testimony in court.
  • Conducts background investigations.
  • Serves as a members of special task forces as assigned.
  • Coordinate investigations with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Performs the duties of a Patrol Officer; enforces local, state, and federal laws; assists motorists; issues citations and makes arrests.
  • Overtly displays a positive attitude that sincerely supports and encourages the betterment of the City of Acworth, the citizenry, city officials, supervision, counterparts, and subordinates.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge required by the position

  • Knowledge of local ordinances and relevant state and federal laws.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of criminal investigation principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of crime scene processing and evidence collection methods.
  • Knowledge of criminal and motor vehicle laws.
  • Knowledge of evidence collection, retention and disposal requirements.
  • Skill in the use of a computer and job-related software systems.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, analyzing, decision making, and problem solving.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other standard and specialized equipment.
  • Skill in public relations.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

Supervisory Controls
The Lieutenant assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.

Guidelines include department policies and procedures, federal and state laws, court rules, and city ordinances.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.

Complexity/scope of work

  • The work consists of related investigative, administrative, and law enforcement duties. The unique nature of each case contributes to the complexity of the work.
  • The purpose of this position is to conduct criminal investigations. Successful performance helps ensure the efficient and effective enforcement of laws and the successful arrest and prosecution of perpetrators.


  • Contacts are typically with department personnel, other city employees, court personnel, attorneys, representatives of other law enforcement agencies, victims, witnesses, suspects, business owners, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, motivate persons, and settle matters.

Physical demands/work environment

  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and occasionally heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
  • The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, and contagious or infectious diseases. The work requires the use of specialized law enforcement equipment.

Supervisory and Management Responsibility

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council for the State of Georgia.


The qualifications listed above represent the credentials necessary to perform the essential functions of this position. To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Application Information
Applications must be submitted online at:


                       * * * * The City of Acworth is an Equal Opportunity Employer * * * *

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