Police Investigator by dep13228

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									625                                                                           CITY OF REDDING
POLICE INVESTIGATOR


DEFINITION:

Under general supervision, to investigate criminal violations, activities, or offenses, and identify,
apprehend, and aid in the prosecution of perpetrators.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

Incumbents are assigned on a rotational basis to this classification from the Police Officer series.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However,
employees may perform other related duties. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each
individual in the classification.

1.   Follow-up investigation on case assignments, including interviewing victims and investigative
     leads.

     Measures: Thorough follow-up investigation to ensure accuracy and reasonably current
     testimony.

2.   Perform crime scene processing, including diagramming, photo graphing, latent prints
     processing, collecting, and logging evidence.

     Measures: Accurate and complete evidence gathering ensures a solid basis for apprehension
     and conviction of suspects.

3.   Identify and arrest suspects.

     Measures: All actions taken in accord with applicable law and department policies.

4.   Recover stolen property, where applicable.

     Measures: Investigation and follow-up as necessary.

5.   Secure complaints, summonses and warrants.

     Measures: Thorough actions and follow through as needed.

6.   Submit required reports, including dictation, work sheets, evidence inventory sheets, laboratory
     analysis requests forms, and incidents reports.
     Measures: All appropriate forms and reports developed accurately and promptly.

7.   Prepare for and testify in Court.

     Measures: Review investigative data in preparation for sworn testimony.

8.   Prepare cases for trial, including subpoenas, court exhibits, evidence preparation, and locating
     and contacting witnesses.

     Measures: Thoroughness and accuracy of information necessary for successful court action.

9.   Perform intelligence information collection through confidential contacts, informants, and
     networking.
     Measures: Operate within department guidelines and policies.

10. Plan, organize, coordinate and implement crime awareness.

     Measures: Organized and well prepared prevention programs have proven success.

11. Supervise work and review reports of subordinates.

     Measures: Demonstrate supervision skills.

12. Coordinate pawn shop detail activities, including review of pawn tickets and initiation of
    investigation of possible stolen property when appropriate.

     Measures: Thoroughness and accuracy. Provide for investigation when appropriate

13. Performs related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

Patrol work; basic criminal investigation; felony investigations; laws and statutes relating to "white
collar" crime; murder, arson, auto theft, child abuse, sexual abuse, narcotics, evidence collection,
questioned documents; police and detective equipment; criminal law and procedure.

Ability to:

Interact effectively with the public and employees. Coordinate different activities of the department
to assist in the preparation of cases; maintain physical condition necessary for performance of duties;
work varying shifts in a variety of situations, including working in plain clothes; prioritize cases,
and workload to meet deadlines.

Education:
Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and
abilities is qualifying; typical education would include a high school diploma, or equivalent;
Associates of Arts Degree, with concentration in Police Science, or another appropriate major.

Experience:

Typical experience would include three years of progressive experience as a sworn officer is
required.

Special Requirements:

Intermediate certification through P.O.S.T.

Possession of the appropriate California driver's license, or the ability to acquire one within ten days
of appointment.

Working Conditions:

Date of study: January 1991. The following duties have been identified as the critical job elements
for the POLICE INVESTIGATOR classification. The Med-Tox Physical Standards Study
established several task statements for each physical ability; the task statements selected below are
based on the (1) Significant level of physical ability required to perform the task, (2) the high level
of rater agreement - reliability , (3) the frequency with which the task is performed and (4) the high
degree of criticality and importance raters assigned to the task.

Incumbents in the classification are required to work on a shift schedule, including weekends and
holidays, and outdoors in a variety of extreme weather conditions.

STATIC STRENGTH: With the assistance of a Police Officer, lift one end of an uncooperative
subject into the back of a patrol car.

EXPLOSIVE STRENGTH: Kick down a door when conducting a house search.

DYNAMIC STRENGTH: Struggle with a combative suspect for five minutes.

TRUNK STRENGTH: Crouch down in a car during a surveillance.

STAMINA: Struggle with a violent uncooperative suspect.

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend and stretch while conducting a house search.

DYNAMIC FLEXIBILITY: Bend, twist and stretch while engaged in a brief struggle.

SPEED OF LIMB MOVEMENT: Block a punch of a violent suspect.

WHOLE BODY COORDINATION: Crawl through an attic.
WHOLE BODY EQUILIBRIUM: No critical elements identified.

ARM-HAND STEADINESS: Aim a pistol during firearms practice.

MULTI-LIMB COORDINATION: Handcuff a suspect.

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Clean a handgun.

FINGER DEXTERITY: Take a latent fingerprint.

NEAR VISUAL ACUITY: Read serial number on the back of a television.

FAR VISUAL ACUITY: Determine if a suspect has a gun in his hand or some other object from
a distance of 25 yards.

VISUAL COLOR DISCRIMINATION: Match colors during Valtox drug test.

HEARING QUIET: Hear and understand the conversation of a witness you are interviewing.

HEARING NOISY: Hear conversation over radio while driving with the driver's side window rolled
down.

HEARING LOCATION: Hear from what direction a person is yelling for help.

HEARING DISCRIMINATION: Recognize the difference among telephone rings in the office.


NOTE: See class spec history file for Job Analysis prepared by Intracorp, dated
December 23, 1994.

								
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