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Job Specification


 NJSA 5:12-5 6
 NJSA 5211 7B 100.1
 Under supervision within the Division of Criminal Justice, 
 supervises compliance, enforcement, and related investigative  
 activities involving criminal and civil violations of state statutes; 
 is authorized to exercise all powers and rights of police officers, 
 constables, and special deputy sheriffs in criminal matters, and 
 is empowered to act as an officer for the detection, apprehension, 
 arrest, and conviction of offenders against the law; does other  
 related duties as required.

 NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not
 perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely,
 all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
 Exercises all powers and rights of police officers, constables,
 and special deputy sheriffs in criminal matters, and functions
 as a law enforcement officer for the detection, apprehension,
 arrest, and prosecution of offenders against the law.

 Participates in, assigns and reviews investigations of criminal 
 complaints or specialized investigations to detect alleged 
 noncompliance with or violations of New Jersey state statutes.

 Supervises and reviews work of assigned investigative personnel,
 and recommends next action to be taken by the Deputy Attorney
 General in charge of the case or the superior officer within the
 Department of Law and Public Safety directing the investigation.

 Acts as first line supervisor of Detectives.

 Provides assignments and instructions to assigned employees.

 With approval of superior officer, assigns staff to cases based on
 an evaluation of all available data, volume of work, priorities, and 
 the knowledge and experience of each member of the unit.

 May conduct the more difficult or sensitive investigations.

 Organizes assigned investigation or enforcement activities,
 analyzes personnel, and advises them on policies,  
 procedures, laws, regulations,  precedents, accounting 
 principles, investigative, and auditing techniques, and 
 develops work schedules and procedures.

 Conducts evaluations and recommends appropriate 
 redeployment of personnel  to meet changing investigative 
 priorities, deadlines, assignments, attainment of investigative
 objectives, and to improve operating efficiency.

 May assist in developing and implementing new procedures 
 designed to improve investigative functions.

 During investigations, provides guidance and directions to 
 staff, observes their activities in order to gauge performance, 
 insures proper execution of duties and promotes cooperation 
 with others.

 Participates in complex, major phases of investigations, 
 and directs the course of an investigation when warranted by

 Supervises the preparation of investigative reports containing
 findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

 Reviews reports submitted by staff to evaluate the conduct and 
 progress of each case and recommends methods of resolving 
 problems encountered before submitting case to superior.

 Coordinates training of State Investigators in various
 specialized areas involved with compliance and enforcement
 activities of civil and criminal investigations of state statutes; 
 and keeps staff informed of developments in investigations,
 new or revised procedures, legislation, applicable court 
 decisions, and new  investigative techniques.

 Maintains liaison and working relationships with federal, state,
 and local enforcement officials on matters of mutual  interest,
 and advises superiors of possible impact of other enforcement

 Recommends the hiring,  firing, promoting, demoting, and/or
 disciplining of State Investigators.

 May respond to crime scenes and assume complete charge 
 of all activities, in the absence of an officer of a superior rank.

 Directs detectives to locate, gather, and preserve evidence 
 and to detain persons for questioning.

 Testifies before Grand Juries, Courts of Law, and other 
 judicial bodies.

 Maintains and supervises the keeping of files and records
 involved with investigative activities.

 May assist in the preparation of the annual plan for staffing to
 include justification for additional personnel and nonpersonnel
 budget requests.

 Will be required to utilize various types of electronic and/or
 manual recording and information systems used by the 
 agency, office, or related units.


 Graduation from an accredited college or university with 
 a Bachelor's degree.

 Five (5) years of investigatory experience as a sworn law 
 enforcement officer conducting investigations, collecting 
 evidence, and/or preparing investigative reports related 
 to criminal and/or civil matters involving acts of criminal 
 and/or civil misconduct.

 NOTE:  Experience as a police officer performing criminal
 follow-up investigations (not preliminary investigations) may 
 be substituted for the above experience on a year-for- year basis.
 NOTE:  Applicants who do not possess the required education
 may substitute additional experience as indicated on a
 year-for-year basis with thirty (30) semester hour credits being
 equal to one (1) year of experience.

 NOTE: A  Master's degree or certification as a Certified Public
 Accountant may be substituted for one (1) year of the  indicated

  NOTE: Applicants accepting employment are required to 
 adhere to the employment restriction that they not pursue
 outside gainful employment during their tenure with the 
 Division of Criminal Justice unless approved by the 
 Attorney General.


 Not less than 18 years of age


 Must be a citizen of the United States.


 As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees may be required
 to pass a thorough medical and psychiatric examination to be
 administered by the appointing authority.  Any psychological,
 medical or physical condition or defect which would prevent
 efficient performance of the duties of the position, cause the
 appointee to be a hazard to himself/herself or others, or become
 aggravated as a result of performance of these duties, will be
 cause for rejection.

 Applicants must have successfully completed the police 
 training commission course administered by the Police Training 
 Commission.  This training includes successful attainment of a 
 required level of proficiency in the use of firearms.

 NOTE: Appointees to this position shall qualify semi-annually 
 in the use of firearms. 
 Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid 
 in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than
 employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties
 of the position.

 Knowledge of investigative techniques for law enforcement
 investigations including the continuous revision and alteration
 of methods,  principles, and procedures as may be required
 by law.

 Knowledge of management principles and of supervisory techniques.

 Knowledge of law enforcement operations and procedures on
 local, state, national, and international levels.

 Knowledge of principles of communications to achieve the
 results desired.

 Knowledge of civil rights of individuals under investigation.

 Knowledge of surveillance methods and procedures.

 Knowledge of the types of surveillance devices, photographic, 
 and video equipment utilized during the course of an investigation.

 Knowledge of the types of documents required for criminal
 litigation cases and the detailed preparation thereof.

 Knowledge of methods and techniques of performing covert

 Knowledge of techniques of investigative reporting and
 preparation of detailed investigative reports.

 Knowledge of procedures for conducting background checks.

 Knowledge of procedures governing rules of evidence.

 Knowledge of principles of needs assessment.

 Knowledge of principles of human resource planning.

 Knowledge of training principles and techniques.

 Knowledge of employee performance evaluation procedures.

 Knowledge of electronic communications equipment and
 data base software utilized during the course of an investigation.

 Ability to exercise all powers and rights of police officers,
 constables, and special deputy sheriffs in criminal matters 
 and to function as a law enforcement officer for the detection,
 apprehension, arrest, and prosecution of offenders against
 the law.

 Ability to implement training programs, principles, policies, and
 procedures for investigative and regulatory responsibilities.

 Ability to determine the scope, timing and direction of investigations.
 Ability to resolve problems in the administration or
 implementation of assigned investigations.

 Ability to testify as a state witness before State Grand Juries,
 Federal Court, other courts of law, or other judicial or hearing

 Ability to comprehend, analyze, and apply policies, procedures,
 and regulations of the Department of Law and Public Safety to
 work  schedules, investigative activities, and personnel problems

 Ability to organize and supervise all phases of investigative

 Ability to supervise and perform varied investigative and 
 other work involved in repairing cases from a legal viewpoint 
 for trial purposes.

 Ability to analyze the complaint or allegation of a crime and to 
 identify the issues involved and the types of evidence that will be 
 needed in each case.

 Ability to work under adverse conditions and to deal with violent 
 and armed criminals.

 Ability to gather facts through such methods as interview, 
 observation, interrogation, contacting informants, and analyzing 
 records to establish facts or obtain evidence.

 Ability to verify information obtained to establish accuracy and 
 authenticity of facts of evidence.

 Ability to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies and 
 personnel and government agencies.

 Ability to recognize the need for prompt reporting of critical 
 information to other offices and agencies.

 Ability to deal with people politely and helpfully beyond the giving 
 and receiving of instructions.

 Ability to present findings in clear, logical, impartial and properly
 documented reports.

 Ability to give assignments and instructions to subordinates and
 supervise the performance of their duties.

 Ability  to  review and analyze existing investigative procedures
 and principles, evaluate their effectiveness accordingly, and
 recommend changes to improve efficiency.

 Ability to coordinate training necessary to improve job
 performance of employees assigned to investigative activities.

 Ability to oversee the preparation and execution of affidavits
 and search warrants as required by law.

 Ability to supervise the use of informants by staff assigned
 to perform investigative activities.

 Ability to prepare complex correspondence in the course
 of official duties.

 Ability to prepare clear and accurate reports containing
 findings, conclusions, and recommendations of investigative

 Ability to prepare statistical reports.

 Knowledge of the methods and procedures involved in 
 preparing legal proof for trial purposes.

 Knowledge of decisions and precedent cases involving the
 admissibility of evidence, search and seizure and arrest authority.  

 Knowledge of those activities that constitute a crime.

 Knowledge of the kind of evidence needed to establish that 
 a crime has been committed.

 Knowledge of the methods and patterns of criminal operations. 

 Knowledge of the sources of information concerning crimes, and 
 the methods of obtaining evidence concerning criminal activities.

 Knowledge of the investigative authority and responsibility 
 among various law enforcement agencies.

 Knowledge of Title 2C statues; including the New Jersey Court 
 Rules and the New Jersey Rules of evidence.

 Knowledge of DCJ Standard Operating Procedures; Attorney 
 General Directives and Guidelines.

 Knowledge of the civil rights of individuals under investigation. 
 Knowledge of methods and procedures for conducting investigations. 

 Ability to exercise sound direction of discretion to subordinates
 when powers of arrest are utilized.

 Ability to supervise the establishment and maintenance of records
 and  files on all matters germane to Division activities, including 
 criminals and crimes.

 Ability to qualify with firearms on a semiannual basis.

 Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
 recording and information systems used by the agency, 
 office, or related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate
 in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
 American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
 as acceptable forms of  communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
 as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
 reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be 
 made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, 
 such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.