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Investigator within Public Defender's Office

Yuma County, AZ | Posted 11-10-2021

Yuma (Law and Justice)

This position is advertised from the minimum to the mid-point hourly rate. Salary will be determined based on education and experience at the time of offer.

Under general supervision, performs investigative work of moderate difficulty in obtaining information on criminal and civil cases; coordinates with attorneys to prepare cases for trial; this position has department specific responsibility.
Example of Work: (Illustrative Only) Conducts criminal and civil investigations and follow-up investigative work on assigned cases; reviews case files, police reports, grand jury indictments, witness statements, and other related documentation; determines course of action to take to obtain the required information; performs initial and follow-up interviews of witnesses or clients; locates witnesses/clients as required; examines and photographs crime scenes or other areas and items appropriate to the investigation; confers with attorneys outlining requirements for investigation; keeps attorneys apprised of the investigations, with current and accurate information; assists attorneys in the preparation of cases for trial; determines additional information required; prepares evidence for court proceedings; testifies in court on the results of investigations; delivers legal documents as required; prepares written reports of investigative findings and maintains accurate, up-to-date records; performs related work as required or assigned; performs other duties as assigned.
Experience and Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent; AND two (2) years of criminal investigative experience as a police officer, a public defender investigator or private investigator; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience; requires successful completion of a background check; possession of a valid Arizona driver's license required, and possession of a Private Investigator license preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: County and District Attorneys department policies and procedures; County, state and federal laws, regulations and ordinances on rules of evidence and criminal investigations; interviewing and interrogation principles, techniques and methods; proper methods of securing, handling and preserving evidence; investigative techniques and procedures, and techniques for observation and memorization of critical details; specialized computers and software to prepare reports, maintain databases and trace possible related evidence.
Skill in: Interpreting evidence and regulations, making decisions, maintaining composure, and working effectively under stressful conditions and emergency situations; remembering names, faces, and details of incidents; following and effectively communicating verbal and written instructions.
Ability to: Plan, organize and prioritize multiple investigations; establish and maintain an effective working relationships with supervisors, employees, other agencies, and the public, including law enforcement and physicians; follow written and verbal instructions; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; perform the essential functions of the job specifications with or without reasonable accommodation.
Work Environment: The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity; generally the job requires 40% sitting, 20% field work, 20% walking and 20% standing; working at a computer monitor for extended periods required; the job is performed under varying extreme weather conditions and may have a high risk of exposure to hazardous materials.