The State of Connecticut, Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in the state. It is an independent agency of the executive branch of state government, established under the Constitution of the State of Connecticut. The Division of Criminal Justice is composed of the Office of the Chief State's Attorney, located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, and the Offices of the State's Attorneys for each of the thirteen Judicial Districts in the State of Connecticut.
We are recruiting for a DCJ Investigator to work full-time, 37.5 hours per week. This position will have core hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday -Friday. This position will be located in Meriden.
The successful candidate will:
- Screen, review, prioritize and prepare incoming files;
- Ensure that all case file information necessary for prosecution is complete;
- Obtain relevant documentation (e.g. police reports, hospital records, toxicology laboratory reports, video, etc.);
- Locate individuals;
- Prepare case synopsis and chronology for prosecutor;
- Respond to inquiries from victims regarding case progress.
NOTE: Incumbent will be required to complete a background check.
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. Candidates invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for these position, such as a resume, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
All communication with applicants will be through the JobAps system, so applicants are encouraged to check for updates to their JobAps portal account. Please ensure that you are utilizing the correct email address for notices to be sent to you from the JobAps system. Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DCJ.HR@ct.gov.
Questions about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: DCJ.HR@ct.gov, 860-258-5800.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Division of Criminal Justice, this class is accountable for assisting in the preparation of criminal and motor vehicle cases for prosecution and trial and for investigating or assisting in the post-arrest investigation of crimes within the jurisdiction of the assigned prosecutorial office.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Screens, reviews, prioritizes and prepares incoming motor vehicle and criminal files; ensures that all case file information necessary for prosecution is complete; interviews and takes statements from police, witnesses, and victims; obtains relevant documentation (e.g. police reports, hospital records, toxicology laboratory reports, etc.); locates individuals; prepares case chronology for prosecutor; prepares necessary reports and may make initial recommendation regarding pretrial diversion; briefs victims and witnesses prior to court appearances; responds to inquiries from victims regarding case progress; serves as liaison with police departments and other State and Federal agencies; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant State laws and regulations; considerable knowledge of investigative methods and techniques; knowledge of rules of evidence and legal processes; considerable interviewing skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to gather and interpret data.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience as a law enforcement officer.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
A Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related fields may be substituted for the General Experience.
The successful candidate will possess working knowledge of standard office procedures and computer software programs (Microsoft Office) and the ability to apply such knowledge to a variety of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations. Candidates should possess sufficient computer skills to work with law enforcement agencies in securing and handling digital evidence in the form of photographs, video, 911 calls, body and dashboard cameras. In addition, candidates with the following are preferred:
- Experience handling body camera footage and performing light editing via video software;
- Experience in writing arrest and search warrants;
- Experience creating PowerPoint presentations;
- Experience or ability to use case management systems in detail.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel within the State in the course of their daily work.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.