SERGEANT - STATE INVESTIGATOR, LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
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
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
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
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
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 AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of investigative techniques for law enforcement
investigations including the continuous revision and alteration
of methods, principles, and procedures as may be required
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
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
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
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:
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.