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at State of Hawaii

Posted: 9/22/2019
Job Reference #: 1215773
Keywords: investigator, police

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Recruitment Information

Recruitment Number 215337 - Downtown, Island of Oahu Employment Only - $4,968 to $7,073 per month (SR-24, Step C to Step L) for designated positions with the Department of the Attorney General. Actual starting salary information will be provided at the time of interview. Some of the immediate vacancies are Temporary .

Note: Hiring rates for other positions - $4,968 to $6,044 per month (SR-24, Step C to Step H), will be based on availability of funds, the applicant's qualifications, and other relevant factors.

NOTE: Employees appointed to temporary positions may also gain membership in the civil service upon satisfactory completion of an initial probation period of at least six months. Once you become a member of the civil service, you become eligible to apply for promotion and transfer opportunities to permanent as well as other temporary positions. You may also enjoy other rights and benefits afforded to an employee in a permanent position with the exception of return rights and placement rights associated with a reduction-in-force.

A continuous recruitment may be closed at any time. The notice of the last day to file applications will be posted on the Civil Service Hawaii State Government Jobs page of our website.

Duties Summary

Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the activities of an investigative agency concerned with civil, administrative and/or criminal investigations falling within its respective jurisdiction, where violations investigated are related to a specific program area, e.g., welfare fraud, etc., OR conducts civil, administrative and/or criminal investigations falling within a variety of jurisdictions, such as the Executive, Legislative or Judicial Branches, State departments or agencies, county and federal governments and regulatory boards and commissions, where violations or circumstances investigated are related to a broad variety of program areas, and are not limited to a specific program area (welfare fraud, controlled substances, etc.), like that of lower investigator levels; and performs other related duties as assigned.

These positions are located in the Investigations Division of the Department of the Attorney General, and are vested with statewide police powers in accordance with Section 28-11 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) and are authorized to carry and use firearms and ammunition. These positions are responsible for independently performing investigations in a wide variety of administrative, civil and criminal cases under the purview of the department. Investigations include allegations of improper and unethical conduct by State employees, appointed officials, and public officers; tort, damage, flood and injury claims; traffic accidents or other accidents occurring on State-owned property; organized crime activities; corruption by public employees and officials; assaults, stabbings, and murder in State correctional facilities; and any other situation where enforcement and investigative assistance is requested. A majority of work time is spent conducting criminal investigations which involve interrogation of suspects, interview of witnesses, reconstruction of crime scenes, searching for physical evidence, cultivating informants, maintaining surveillance, doing undercover work, preparing search warrants, assuring that the evidence is properly handled throughout the investigation, and making proper arrests.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements:

Basic Education/Experience: A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Specialized Experience: Three and one-half years of progressively responsible professional investigative experience which demonstrated:
A. Initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and judgment required to collect, assemble, and develop facts and other pertinent data;
B. The ability to think logically and objectively, to analyze and evaluate facts, evidence and related information, and arrive at sound conclusions;
C. Skill in written and oral reports and presentation of investigative findings in a clear and concise manner; and
D. Tact, discretion, and capacity for obtaining the cooperation and confidence of others.

Quality of Experience: At least one year of Specialized Experience must have been comparable in scope, complexity and responsibility to work experience characteristic of the Investigator IV class of work in State service.

The Investigator IV performs and/or supervises investigations involving suspected or actual violations of civil, administrative and/or criminal laws, rules, regulations or other legal requirements within an agency's jurisdiction; determines case approach and gathers supporting evidence or information; prepares reports; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Investigator IV positions consist of the following types:
A. An investigator independently performing the full range of investigations within an agency's jurisdiction where the work regularly is of a complex nature and in which the violations are related to a specific program area;
B. One of two investigators who are responsible for the small investigative program in an agency, without higher level investigative supervisory guidance; and
C. The working supervisory investigator in an agency where investigations are carried out according to standard policies and procedures, from planning through fact-finding to reporting the results of the investigations.

Investigators at the IV level assume full responsibility for performing investigations characterized by their complex nature and broad scope. They develop investigative leads based upon fragmentary information; conduct investigative interviews and record searches; evaluate complaints to determine jurisdiction, priority, and action necessary; analyze evidence and write narrative reports on the status and findings of investigations; and coordinate with law enforcement officers and other agencies.

Selective Certification Requirement (Criminal Investigations Experience): In order to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of this position, applicants must possess knowledge of interviewing and interrogation techniques; proper investigative report writing techniques; rules of legal evidence; search and seizure laws; laws of arrest; techniques of and equipment used in surveillance; proper use of force, including deadly force; and the Hawaii Penal Code. Applicants must also be able to review and analyze financial and other written documents. In addition, applicants must possess thorough knowledge of and the ability to properly use firearms in the performance of their duties.

Therefore, certification of eligibles for these positions shall be restricted to applicants who meet the educational and experience requirements for the class, Investigator V, AND:
A. Meet all State and Federal requirements applicable to the carrying, possession and use of firearms and ammunition;
B. Are currently, or have previously been, qualified by a certified law enforcement firearms instructor to carry a department or agency issued handgun to perform his/her duties; and
C. Must possess at least TWO years of experience which involved conducting criminal investigations and demonstrated the actual application of the above specialized knowledge and abilities. For example, the criminal investigation experience must show the practical application of search and seizure laws, the laws of arrest and proper use of force including deadly force in the proper handling of evidence, and making lawful arrests.

Examples of such experience/education which may provide such knowledge and abilities include:
A. Investigation of criminal cases for practicing attorneys requiring the use of recognized investigative methods and techniques; and
B. Experience as a law enforcement officer where the principal duties were criminal investigations requiring the use of a variety of investigative methods and techniques such as surveillance, assuming an undercover role, etc.

The Criminal Investigations Experience above may have been gained concurrently as part of the Specialized Experience required for the class Investigator V, or in a separate capacity.

Supervisory Aptitude: Supervisory aptitude rather than actual supervisory experience may be accepted. This requirement will be considered to have been met when there is strong affirmative evidence of the necessary supervisory abilities and/or potential.

Substitutions Allowed: Relevant substitutions as described in the Minimum Qualification Requirements, will apply.

Special Requirements: As noted above, these positions require applicants to meet all State and Federal requirements applicable to the carrying, possession and use of firearms and ammunition AND have been currently or previously qualified by a certified law enforcement firearms instructor to carry a department or agency issued handgun to perform his/her duties. Applicants may not possess a conviction of domestic violence.

License: Applicants must possess a valid driver's license at the time of appointment.

Drug Testing: If selected for employment, applicants are required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug test which must be paid for by the applicant.

The information provided above represents a summary of the complete Minimum Qualification Requirements. To view the Requirements in their entirety, please CLICK HERE.


Other Information

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The examination for this recruitment will be conducted on an unassembled basis where the examination score is based on an evaluation and rating of your education and experience. It is therefore important that your employment application provide a clear and detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of each position you held.

In-person interviews and/or further testing in Hawaii may be required at the discretion of the hiring agency. If in-person interviews and/or further testing is a requirement, applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are referred to the vacancy must be available to participate in person and at their own expense in this required phase of the selection process.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. In addition to employment availability and score, the referral of qualified applicants may be based upon other factors including date of receipt of the application.

The State of Hawai'i complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.  If you require reasonable accommodations in completing an application, any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please call 808-587-0936 for assistance.

CLICK HERE for further information about Equal Employment Opportunity, the Merit Civil Service System, Citizenship and other requirements, Reasonable Accommodation, Veterans Preference, Examination Requirements, and the State Recruiting Office's Levels of Review.