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Series established November 2, 2010
This is a series specification that describes two classes that perform investigative work at the recruiting/learning, entry/training, journey, and full journey levels throughout State service. Incumbents in these classes perform limited to full peace officer duties and responsibilities in the accomplishment of their assignments in accordance with the pertinent California Penal Code Section 830 et. seq.
Investigator Series Specification - Class Titles and Codes
Under close supervision as a learner and worker, to assist with the more routine phases of licensing and enforcement investigations; to assist in locating and interviewing witnesses and persons suspected of violations; to assist in obtaining and presenting facts and evidence to support administrative action or prosecution; to participate in training in order to learn the work of the department to which assigned; and to do other related work.
The Investigator is a deep class with three alternate ranges. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting independent criminal, civil, and/or administrative investigations to detect or verify suspected violations or provisions of Federal, State, and/or local laws, rules, or regulations; obtaining and verifying evidence to support administrative action and/or prosecution; determining type of case and developing investigation plan; conducting and completing investigations; maintaining accurate master investigation case files; developing field operation plans and safely executing them; performing undercover assignments and surveillance operations; providing technical assistance and training to law enforcement agencies and others; making arrests; cooperating with and securing the assistance of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; preparing clear, concise, and accurate documents and reports detailing investigation activities and findings; may provide security and protection to departmental employees and property in cases of emergency and/or threat; and performing other related work.
Investigation responsibilities at Range B are expected to be more complex and require broader knowledge and application of investigative techniques and procedures. Incumbents conduct the complex criminal, civil, and/or administrative investigations to detect or verify suspected violations of laws, rules, or regulations; locate and interview witnesses and persons suspected of violations; obtain and present facts and evidence to support administrative action or prosecution; serve subpoenas, inspection warrants, search warrants, and/or other official legal papers; develop field operation plans and safely execute them; and perform other related work.
At Range C, incumbents (1) lead or review the work of a small staff of Investigators in the performance of field investigations; detect or verify suspected multiple violations of laws, rules, or regulations; (2) have independent responsibility to oversee an entire investigative operation or project; (3) independently conduct the most difficult and complex investigations and participate in multi-agency investigations or assignments; and/or (4) in an investigatory or law enforcement program, perform program or policy development and interpretation duties which specifically require investigatory or law enforcement expertise.
Applicants who are being considered for positions assigned Peace Officer status are required to meet the provisions of California Penal Code Section 832 et. seq., and complete training courses as prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
Patterns cannot be combined to meet the Minimum Qualifications for these classifications.
Education: Equivalent to completion of two years of college (60 semester units) with a major in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminology, administration of justice, police science, or a comparable field of study. (Students who have completed at least 30 semester units of college will be admitted to the examination, but they must produce evidence of completion of the required 60 semester units before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited college/university with either a:
(1) Major in criminal justice, law enforcement, administration of justice, police science, criminology, or a comparable field of study. (Students who are registered as a senior in college will be admitted to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent before they can be considered eligible for appointment.) or
(2) (a) Minor in criminal justice, law enforcement, administration of justice, criminology, police science, or a comparable field of study with evidence that the following courses or their equivalent have been completed: introduction to criminal justice, introduction to criminal law, basic investigation, evidence, criminal procedure, philosophy of law; and (b) an internship in criminal justice, law enforcement, administration of justice, criminology, police science, or a comparable field of study. (Students who are registered as a senior in college will be admitted to the examination, but they must produce evidence of graduation or its equivalent before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)
Education: Equivalent to completion of two years of college with a major in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminology, administration of justice, police science, or a comparable field of study. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Applicants who are being considered for Investigator positions assigned as Peace Officer status (as defined by California state law) must possess the educational equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade.) and
Experience: (a) Two years of experience as a peace officer (as defined in the California Penal Code Section 830 et. seq.) performing investigative work as part of the regular enforcement activity such as police detective, or (b) Two years of experience as an investigator performing comparable investigative work in a public or private agency or in the armed services and possession of, or eligibility for, the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Certificate or Specialized Investigators' Basic Certificate.
Experience: One year of experience in the California state service performing investigative duties at a level comparable to those of either an Investigator Assistant, Special Investigator Assistant, or in an investigation assignment in a class equal to a Management Services Technician, Range B. (Applicants who are within six months of satisfying the experience requirement for this pattern will be admitted into the examination, but they must satisfactorily complete one year of experience in the class before they can be considered eligible for appointment.)
Possession of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificate of Completion from Basic Academy or Specialized Basic Investigators' Certificate of Completion.
In addition to possessing the above requirements, Investigators may be required to meet the following department-specific requirements prior to appointment into a position with that department:
Public Health, Department of: Equivalent to graduation from college with at least 30 semester units of college courses in one or a combination of the following areas: bacteriology, biology, chemistry, food technology, pharmacology, environmental health, biomedical engineering, or other biological or chemical science (up to 15 semester units of criminal justice may be credited toward 15 of the 30 total semester units required above.)
Toxic Substances Control, Department of: Investigators must complete the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training required by Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations by the end of their probationary period.
Knowledge of: Investigation techniques and procedures; rules of evidence and court procedures; laws of arrest, search and seizure; legal rights of citizens; and service of legal process.
Ability to: Interpret and apply laws and regulations to specific situations; gather and analyze facts and evidence; reason logically, draw valid conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations; communicate effectively; prepare written documents and accurate detailed investigation reports clearly and concisely; follow written and oral instructions; participate effectively in investigations and interviews; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Federal, State, local law enforcement agencies, and others.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and interviewing techniques; duties of Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies; provisions of the laws, rules, or regulations enforced or administered; and principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision.
Skill to: Perform investigatory work; and plan, organize, and direct investigations.
Ability to: All of the above, and analyze situations accurately, think and act quickly in emergencies, and take an immediate and effective course of action; develop, organize, prioritize, and manage multiple case investigations, work plans, and other assignments or tasks; review and evaluate the work of others; and provide guidance and constructive feedback.
In addition to possessing the knowledge above, Investigators may be required to possess the following department-specific knowledge:
Developmental Services, Department of: Knowledge of sign language and/or the Lanterman Act and related statutes and regulations.
Employment Development Department: Knowledge of the provisions of the California Unemployment Insurance Code, California Penal and Evidence Codes, and related State and Federal statutes.
Health Care Services, Department of: Knowledge of the State Controlled Substances Act; Health and Safety Code, Welfare and Institutions Code, Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Social Security Act, the Immigration and Naturalization Act, and other State and Federal laws pertaining to crimes committed against Medi-Cal and other related programs.
Motor Vehicles, Department of: Knowledge of State and Federal laws relating to crimes committed regarding vehicles and vessels; laws and practices related to vehicle manufacturers, dealers, dismantlers, and the automotive industry; and other related codes.
Public Health, Department of: Knowledge of basic scientific principles and methods; and general trends in current public health and safety problems related to the food and drug field.
Toxic Substances Control, Department of: Knowledge of the provisions of the California Hazardous Waste Control Law, pertinent rules and regulations, California Penal Code, and other related laws and codes; chemical and physical characteristics of hazardous waste and their general effect on human health and the environment; hazardous waste management practices and programs in both the public and private sector; and methods of treatment, storage, disposal, transportation, generation, recovery, and use of hazardous waste.
Possession of a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles; aptitude for investigation work; ability to be flexible; willingness as a learner to do routine or detailed work in order to learn the practical application of investigative principles; willingness to travel throughout the state of California; willingness to work away from home for extended periods of time; willingness to work long, irregular, and unusual hours as required; willingness to work weekends, evenings, nights, and holidays as required; willingness to associate with criminally-inclined persons; keenness of observation; good memory for names, faces, places, and incidents; neat personal appearance; tact; reliability; emotional stability and maturity; satisfactory record as a law-abiding citizen; demonstrated capacity for development as evidenced by work history, academic attainment, participation in school, or other activities or by well-defined occupational or vocational interests; work under stress and adverse conditions; freedom from any physical or mental condition that would interfere with the full performance of the essential duties of a peace officer; effective use of both hands, both arms, and both legs; strength, endurance, and agility; normal hearing; normal vision (20/20) or vision corrected to normal; and weight in proportion to height.
Minimum age for appointment: 21 years.
Citizenship Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(a), in order to be a peace officer, a person must either be a U.S. Citizen or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for U. S. Citizenship. Any permanent resident alien who is employed as a peace officer shall be disqualified from holding that position if his/her application for citizenship is denied.
Felony Disqualification: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029, persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers except as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179(b), or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772(b). Except as provided for by these statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in peace officer classifications.
Firearm Conviction Disqualification: Anyone who is restricted for employment-related purposes from accessing, possessing, carrying, receiving, or having under his/her control a firearm or ammunition under all applicable State or Federal laws is ineligible for appointment to any position in peace officer classifications.
Firearms Requirement: Persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence as defined in the amended Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 are disqualified from appointment to peace officer classifications.
Background Investigation: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, persons successful in peace officer examinations shall be required to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
Medical Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, persons appointed to peace officer classifications shall undergo a medical examination to determine that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job safely and effectively.
Psychological Requirement: Pursuant to POST Regulations 1002(a)(7) requires psychological screening of applicants for peace officer classifications.
Training Requirements: Under provisions of Penal Code Section 832, successful completion of training is required for status in peace officer classifications.
Drug Testing Requirement: Applicants for positions in these classes at some departments/agencies are required to pass a drug-screening test. (The drug-screening test will be waived for employees who are currently in a designated �sensitive� class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.)
Investigator Series History - Dates Established, Revised, and Title Changed