Ventura CountyVentura 93009
Full Time

Conducts criminal, civil, and special investigations of average difficulty for the District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office, Municipal Police Agencies, and the Grand Jury; gathers, preserves, and analyzes evidence and prepares reports.

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District Attorney Investigator I/ii

Ventura County
Full Time 24-per week Ventura County District Atty, 800 S Victoria Ave # 314, Ventura, CA 93009, United States
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Overview

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office is the public prosecutor for the county's 850,000 residents.  Our office employs approximately 310 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.  

The Bureau of Investigation (BOI) employs 56 investigators who provide professional investigative support in both criminal and civil matters to prosecutors handling cases in those areas and play a critical role in preparing cases for prosecution. The Bureau is staffed with a chief investigator, a deputy chief investigator, 3 commanders, 8 supervising district attorney investigators, district attorney investigators, and investigative assistants.

Investigators serving within the Bureau are highly experienced and trained sworn peace officers who have been recruited from law enforcement agencies throughout California. Bureau investigators are available 24-hours-a-day and utilize the most advanced equipment to complete their assignments. Investigators within the Bureau may be called upon by their colleagues throughout the state and have been recognized as experts in a wide range of investigations from homicide to complex white-collar fraud schemes.

The Bureau of Investigation has three divisions: the Major Crimes Division, the Major Fraud Division, and the Administrative Division. The Major Crimes Division includes units that investigate major crimes, homicides, sexual assaults, officer-involved shootings, and domestic violence. The Major Fraud Division investigates financial crimes, child abduction, real estate fraud, consumer and environmental protection cases, workers' compensation fraud, and automobile insurance fraud. The Administrative Division includes the Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Unit, Cyber Forensics Unit, and Government Fraud Unit, and handles various responsibilities, including training, background investigations, recruitment, and policies and procedures.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the importance of diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion in the office’s culture and climate, hiring, training, opportunities for advancement, and its relationship with the communities it serves. What We Offer
Educational Incentive - 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on the completion of Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree or, if qualified, for POST certification; plus other premium/incentive/bonus payments
Annual Leave - A candidate selected for this position will earn up to 160 hours of Annual Leave per year, increasing to 200 hours after 5 years of service.
Deferred Compensation - Eligible to participate in the County's 401(k) Shared Savings Plan and/or the Section 457 Plan. This position is eligible for up to a 2.5% match on your 401(k) contributions.
Health Plans - You are offered a flexible credit allowance of up to $15,132 annually for purchasing medical, dental, and/or vision insurance from a group of authorized plans.
Flexible Spending Accounts - Pre-tax benefit towards eligible medical, dental, and vision care expenses.
Pension Plan - Participation in the County's defined pension plan. If eligible, you may establish reciprocity with other public retirement systems such as CalPERS.
Bilingual Incentive - Proficiency levels by exam are $.69 per hour (Level I), $1.38 per hour (Level (II), or $2.81 per hour (Level III).
Holidays - 11 paid days per year and a scheduled floating holiday.
Uniform Allowance - A uniform allowance of $1,106 on November 1st of each year.
Textbook and Tuition - Up to a maximum of $2,000 per fiscal year in accordance with the memorandum of agreement.
 
The Position
Under immediate to general supervision depending on the level in the series, assists in obtaining, preserving and reporting admissible evidence for presentation in cases prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office; performs difficult criminal and civil investigations for the District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office, Municipal Police Agencies, and the Grand Jury; and performs related work as required.
 
Distinguishing Characteristics:
District Attorney Investigator I incumbents are given assignments which allow them to train for the more difficult assignments performed by the District Attorney Investigator II incumbents.
 
District Attorney Investigator II differs from District Attorney Investigator III in that incumbents in the latter classification perform more difficult investigations and act as lead persons.
 
NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, an incumbent may be promoted to the higher level without further exam upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.
 
APPROXIMATE SALARIES
District Attorney Investigator I:   $90,583.17 - $134,438.16 annually
District Attorney Investigator II:  $109,173.50 - $153,057.57 annually
 
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Intermittent, and Extra Help vacancies within the District Attorney's Office.  There are currently two (2) Regular, full-time vacancies.

District Attorney Investigators are represented by the Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (VCDSA) and are eligible for overtime compensation.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:
OPENING DATE: August 28, 2023
CLOSING DATE: Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.
FIRST REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS: The first review of applications is anticipated to be the week of September 25, 2023.
Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
District Attorney Investigator I

  • Conducts criminal, civil, and special investigations of average difficulty for the District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office, Municipal Police Agencies, and the Grand Jury; gathers, preserves, and analyzes evidence and prepares reports.
  • Conducts field investigations, surveillances; searches crime scenes; interviews and interrogates complainants, suspects, witnesses, and other persons to obtain statements, documents, and related factual evidence.
  • Assists attorneys in the preparation and presentation of cases during court or Grand Jury proceedings. Serves subpoenas; coordinates the appearance of witnesses at trial and explains court procedures.  Testifies in court and other legal proceedings regarding evidence and investigative findings.
  • Investigates the personal background of complainants, suspects, witnesses, and employee applicants.
  • Arrests suspected criminals; writes and serves search/arrest warrants, and other court processes.
  • Operates technical investigative equipment such as audio recorders, cameras, and electronic sound equipment.
  • Acts as a liaison and coordinates investigative activities with law enforcement officers from various agencies.
District-Attorney Investigator II
This level in the series may be assigned tasks performed by the District Attorney Investigator I in addition to the following:
  • May plan and conduct more difficult and complex criminal, civil and special investigations for the District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Department, Municipal Police Agencies the Grand Jury; gathers, preserves, and analyzes evidence and prepares reports.
Typical Qualifications

These are minimum entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
 
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
District Attorney Investigator I
Some experience in criminal investigation which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The required knowledge, skills and abilities also can be obtained by completion of a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field and at least one (1) year of criminal investigation experience in a government law enforcement agency. Additional investigative experience in a government law enforcement agency may be substituted for the college education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four (4) years.

District Attorney Investigator II
Considerable experience in criminal investigation which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. The required knowledge, skills and abilities also can be obtained by completion of a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field; formal training in the California Rules of Evidence and in evidence accumulation and presentation at trial and at least two (2) years of criminal investigation experience in a government law enforcement agency. Additional experience may be substituted for the college requirement on a year-for-year basis, up to a maximum of four (4) years.
 
District Attorney Investigator I/II Special Requirements: 

  • Must possess a valid California driver's license.
  • Must possess a current California POST Basic Certificate as described in the regulations of the Commission on Peace Officer's Standards and Training.
  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Training: Must have completed the training requirements specified in California Penal Code Section 832(a) or be exempt from such training by virtue of California Penal Code Sections 832(d) (such training deals with the exercise of power to arrest, and the use and care of firearms).
REQUIRED:
Attach a legible copy of your Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and/or Supervisory California P.O.S.T. certificate.

Highly Desired:
Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES 
Some (I) to considerable (II) knowledge of the: substantive and procedural California Criminal, Civil, and Juvenile laws, and the modern techniques and practices of criminal investigation; laws of arrest, search and seizure, warrant and subpoena service, rules of evidence, and the admissibility of confessions and witnesses' statements; functions and extent of authority of the District Attorney's Office; resources and techniques available in public and private criminal scientific laboratories and the latest medical-legal techniques in criminal investigation
 
Skill and ability to: gather, analyze, correlate and evaluate observed facts and evidence; ability to establish and maintain effective relations with members of the office, other agencies, the law enforcement community, and the public, including community policing, collaborative problem-solving and identifying/avoiding bias; to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
 
Ability to: have accurate recall of investigated witnesses and situations; use good judgment and maintain a high level of mental alertness in the course of completing assigned work.
 
Knowledge and ability to read and comprehend various written materials including legal documents. Knowledge, skill, and ability to operate vehicles and electronic equipment.  
Knowledge, skill and ability in the use and care of firearms.  Knowledge of community-based policing and collaborative problem-solving between community residents and law enforcement.
 
Supplemental Information:
May be required to work on call and be available evenings, weekends, and nights. May be exposed to hostile witnesses and hazardous or stressful situations during the course of completing assignments.
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