DETECTIVE 2 STATE INVESTIGATOR, LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
NJSA 5:12 - 56
NJSA 5211 7B 100.1
Under supervision in the Division of Criminal Justice, Department
of Law and Public Safety, performs varied investigative functions
involved with financial, compliance, and enforcement activities
concerning criminal 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 officer for the detection, apprehension, arrest, and conviction
of offenders against the law; do 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.
Performs various financial, compliance, and enforcement
investigations, including those of a complex and difficult nature.
Conducts and may plan assigned investigations relating to
alleged or suspected violations of state law.
May provide guidance to other employees in complex and/or
specialized investigations, detecting civil or criminal violations,
executing search warrants, and conducting apprehensions and arrests.
Conducts surveillance, searches, and seizures relative to investigations.
Analyzes findings of investigations and prepares in-depth reports often
of a highly technical business nature or complex legal nature to be used
by superior officers in planning the next course of action to be taken.
May coordinate investigations with other law enforcement authorities,
and participate in joint operations as required.
May coordinate the interview of witnesses.
Prepares subpoenas, arranges transportation and security for
defendants and witnesses, and expedites extradition proceedings.
Prepares affidavits and search warrants, executes and makes
proper return on warrants to the court, secures, preserves, and
processes physical evidence, and prepares and submits detailed
reports of complex investigations, activities, and assignments to
Testifies before Grand Juries, Courts of Law and other judicial bodies.
Utilizes informants and insures the investigation of their leads.
Conducts surveillance designed to apprehend individuals engaged
in criminal activity or to gather investigative information.
Applies techniques such as protective surveys and assignments,
surveillance, undercover work
Investigates information on applications and other documents.
Investigates allegations of negligence, incompetence, misrepresentation,
or misconduct by individuals, organizations, vendors, service providers,
or other agencies.
Investigates fraud or misconduct.
Investigates complaints received from the general public.
May assist in training other detectives.
Prepares and analyzes reports during the course of an investigation.
Catalogs evidence for storage for presentation in court or
Develops and follows up leads or information for investigative purposes.
Enforces compliance with appropriate standards, codes, laws, rules,
Enforces court orders and monitors compliance of order.
Provides justification for requested subpoenas, citations,
warrants or summonses.
Questions and subpoenas witnesses, and provides for
transportation and security of defendants and witnesses.
Obtains affidavits or sworn testimonies from complainants,
witnesses, victims or principals involved in an investigation.
Serves legal notices, subpoenas, and other documents.
Presents information in a manner that meets requirements for
legal hearings and court proceedings, or other legal matters.
Obtains warrants for required inspections or searches of premises.
Interviews individuals to obtain confidential and comprehensive
Writes investigative reports.
Testifies before Grand Juries, Courts of Law, and other judicial
or administrative bodies.
Provides in and out of court assistance to Deputy Attorneys
General during investigations and court proceedings.
Analyzes evidence obtained for appropriateness and relevance.
Files charges against alleged perpetrators based upon the evidence.
Exercises power of arrest with discretion.
Prepares reports on administrative matters.
Maintains records and files.
Uses various types of electronic communications equipment,
electronic surveillance equipment, photographic equipment,
recording devices, and database software for investigative activities.
Will be required to learn 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
Four (4) 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 required 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 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
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.
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.
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, methods and procedures
including the continuous revision and alteration of these methods
and procedures as may be required per investigation.
Knowledge of principles of communications to achieve the results
Knowledge of Title 2C statues; including the New Jersey Court
Rules and the New Jersey Rules of evidence.
Knowledge of law enforcement operations and procedures on local,
state, national, and international levels.
Knowledge of surveillance methods and procedures.
Knowledge of civil rights of individuals under investigation.
Knowledge of surveillance devices and photographic and
video equipment utilized during the course of an investigation.
Knowledge of techniques of investigative reporting and the
preparation of detailed investigative reports.
Knowledge of procedures for conducting background checks.
Knowledge of procedures governing the rules of evidence.
Knowledge of electronic communications equipment and data
base software utilized during the course of an investigation.
Knowledge of the type of documents required for litigation and
Knowledge of methods and techniques of covert investigation.
Knowledge of procedures for preparing affidavits or sworn
testimonies obtained during the course of investigation.
Knowledge of procedures for conducting background checks.
Ability to learn and apply training principles and techniques.
Ability to conduct training programs for subordinates and other
Ability to learn latest technological advances used by criminals
Ability to exercise all powers and rights of police officer,
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 learn and follow DCJ Standard Operating Procedures
and Attorney General Directives and Guidelines.
Ability to testify as a state before Grand Juries, courts of law,
or other judicial or hearing forums.
Ability to prepare and execute affidavits and search warrants
to include preparation of returns on warrants to the court.
Ability to utilize informants during the course of investigative
Ability to participate in and render assistance in training
Ability to prepare detailed correspondence during the course
of investigation activities.
Ability to show good judgment and case when exercising powers
of arrest or detainment of alleged offenders.
Ability to travel extensively during the performance of assigned
Ability to work under adverse conditions and at any hour of the
day or night.
Ability to effectively deal with witnesses, targets and other parties
from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in typically
Ability to maintain records and files.
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, writes, 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 the essential functions of the job after
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.
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.