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Job Specification


 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.
 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 
 superior officers.
 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 
 administrative hearings.

 Develops and follows up leads or information for investigative purposes.

 Enforces compliance with appropriate standards, codes, laws, rules, 
 or regulations. 

 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.

 Drafts affidavits.

 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 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 
 their preparation.

 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 
 and investigators.

 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 
 the law.

 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 
 adversarial situations. 

 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:
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.