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					County of Nevada, CA                                                                     May, 2009


                            DISTRICT ATTORNEY INVESTIGATOR

DEFINITION
Under general direction, serves as a criminal investigator for the District Attorney; and performs
related work as required.

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS
This classification is responsible for investigating crimes and activities prosecuted by the District
Attorney's office. Incumbents perform job functions with a minimum of supervision and exercise
discretion over their work activities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (Illustrative Only)
Essential:
      Conducts investigations of criminal cases and purported crimes and other cases for
       which the prosecution comes under the jurisdiction of the District Attorney's Office
      Locates and interviews suspected persons and witnesses and analyzes and evaluates
       their testimony
      Interprets and explains the provisions of laws, rules or regulations related to the
       purposes of investigation
      Interviews and subpoenas witnesses; produces witnesses at preliminary hearings and
       arranges for their transportation, accommodations and safety
      Gathers and preserves evidence and testimony; transports evidence to various
       laboratories for analysis
      Gathers data and information on "white collar" crimes
      Examines and evaluates financial and business records in civil and criminal "fraud"
       investigations and related investigations

Important:
      Serves as liaison between the District Attorney's office and other law enforcement
       agencies

QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of:
     Criminal investigative techniques and procedures.
     Laws of arrest, search and seizure, search warrants and preservation of evidence
     Basic crime scene management and preservation of evidence
     Interviewing principles and techniques with ability to analyze and evaluate the
      statements of witnesses or suspected violators
     Techniques and knowledge used in locating persons
     Basic financial record keeping and mathematics
     Computer technology and software applications in the performance of daily activities
     Current computer search engine capabilities and use of legal data bases to support
      online research techniques
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           Laws and regulations governing assigned activities

Skill in:
           Gathering, assembling, analyzing and evaluating facts and evidence; drawing
            conclusions and making appropriate recommendations
           Conducting criminal investigations
           Obtaining information through interview and interrogation
           Evaluating situations and people accurately and to adopting an effective course of action
           Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with those contacted in
            the course of work
           Preparing clear, concise and comprehensive written communications and reports

Education and Experience:
       Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade and five years of experience as a law
       enforcement officer, four of which include investigative experience in locating, observing
       and interviewing suspects and witnesses and preparing reports of findings.

Licenses and Certificates:
       Possession of a valid California driver's license.
       Intermediate CA POST Certificate
       Proficiency with firearms and qualifications as a peace officer under Penal Code 832.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
       Mobility to work in a standard office environment, use standard office equipment and
       attend off-site meetings. Mobility and strength to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50
       pounds, to bend, stoop, crouch, climb and occasionally run. Mobility to respond to
       emergency situations. Vision to read handwritten and printed materials and a computer
       screen. Hearing and speech to communicate in person and by telephone.

            Willingness and ability to accept assignments in various cultural, physical, behavioral
            and environmental settings.

            Some accommodations may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified
            individuals who require and request such accommodations.

Other Requirements:
       This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-
       inclusive. Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent. Incumbents may
       be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document
       and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

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