GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Performs responsible law enforcement and investigative work in the solution of crimes and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of persons suspected of committing criminal acts. Performs responsible supervisory duties.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class assists in supervising the “Detective” employees and activities. Conducts preliminary and supplementary investigations related to major crimes, economic, special victim, property, domestic violence, narcotics, and juvenile offenses within the Sheriff’s Office. Employees interview victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects, as well as identify, collect, analyze, and preserve physical evidence, prepare reports, develop sources, and testify in court. Work may involve general criminal investigation or highly specialized types of investigations, such as those relating to vice, fraud, sex crimes, domestic violence, and narcotic offenses; crimes against, by, and/or pertaining to youths; or specialized evidence identification work This work is performed under minimum supervision and requires the application of modern investigative techniques, sound judgment, and independent initiative in pursuit of work objectives and carrying an independent case load. Work involves frequent public contact which requires tact, firmness, and decisiveness. Work is performed in accordance with agency policy and state and federal law, supplemented with specific directions from superior officers. The employees are subject to hazards associated with law enforcement including working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as exposure to atmospheric conditions, noise, vibration, and physical conditions. Employees are subject to Level III OSHA Standards on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under the regular supervision and is evaluated through observation, review of reports, and discussion of case management.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND TASKS
Serves as the Assistant Supervisor over the Detectives.
Conducts initial and follow-up investigations of criminal, economic, special victim, drug related and other criminal incidents; interviews persons in connection with all investigated incidents; develops contacts and information sources concerning drug, criminal, fraud, and juvenile activities; performs undercover operations and surveillance work as required; arrests offenders; identifies, collects, and preserves physical evidence; prepares written reports of investigative activities; testifies in court regarding investigative activities.
Performs specialized narcotics investigations either leading or assisting with cases, developing sources, participating in task forces, performing or managing undercover operations and surveillance, and other specialized tasks.
Interviews persons connected with crimes against children; investigates offenses involving youth; counsels delinquent and pre-delinquent youth, including referral to social service agencies; cooperates with representative of social service agencies in protecting youth from crime.
Investigates economic crimes such as identity theft, fraud, and related crimes; works across jurisdiction lines to identify suspects and groups of suspects.
Preserves crime scene, collects evidence, and processes that crime scene by taking photographs and video color photography, processes latent prints, obtains tool, tire and shoe impressions, collects hair and fiber evidence, collects other physical evidence, labels and packages evidence; analyzes all evidence and documents findings in prosecutions report; utilizes special identification equipment to project bullet trajectories.
Conducts undercover operations to include drug raids, obtains search warrants and operates technical listening and video surveillance equipment.
Cooperates with members of other local, state, and federal law enforcement and investigative agencies of multiple jurisdictions in the identification, location, apprehension, and arrest of offenders and in the investigation of criminal activities.
Prepares case files and notes related to case management; prepares documents for district attorney and presentations to court.
Presents evidence and testimony in court.
ADDITIONAL JOB DUTIES
Performs related duties as required.
Depending upon work assignment may be involved in either conducting the crime scene analysis or conducting the total investigation.
RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION GUIDELINES
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of modern investigative techniques, principles, and procedures.
Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances pertaining to law enforcement operations and investigative procedures.
Considerable knowledge of the physical, economic, and social characteristics of Iredell County.
Considerable knowledge of collection and preservation techniques associated with securing evidence at a crime scene and the analysis required to successfully prosecute criminals.
Knowledge of specialized evidence collection and processing methods, equipment, technology and trends.
Knowledge of the application of information technology to assigned tasks.
Skill in the use of firearms and other law enforcement equipment and in the application of self-defense tactics.
Skill in interviewing witnesses and suspects.
Skill in collaborative conflict resolution.
Ability to independently perform investigative assignments, to apply sound investigative principles to difficult cases, and to communicate the results of investigative efforts.
Ability to work calmly under conditions of high stress and physical and emotional fatigue.
Ability to prepare clear and concise records and reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in other law enforcement agencies, supervisors, victims and their family members, District Attorney’s staff, co-workers and the general public.
Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and perform repetitive motions.
Must be able to perform work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and 20 pounds of force frequently.
Must possess the visual acuity to perform extensive reading and perform administrative, computer and measurement work.
DESIRABLE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Completion of a two-year Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, supplemented by special training in investigative techniques with experience in law enforcement work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid North Carolina Driver’s License and have completed the minimum requirements established by the North Carolina Justice Training and Standards Council for Certified Law Enforcement Officers.
Will require some shift work and to respond as needed and to be on call when needed.
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