Delaware State Police

Casual/Seasonal Cold Case Investigator (#C/SCCI)

- hourly / - monthly / - annual

Pay Grade

$30.00/hour- Works 29.5 hours a week

Nature and Scope

Incumbents are responsible for conducting investigations and developing investigative leads related to cold case homicide cases, which are the main functions of the Delaware State Police Homicide unit. The cases investigated are cold criminal cases involving death, suicide or suspicious circumstance and missing persons. Investigations involve performing assessment of the current cold case files to determine the solvability for each case, utilizing new technologies and employing community policing partnerships when working cases. Investigations are conducted independently or in conjunction with federal, local and other state law enforcement agencies. Cold case investigations are conducted in accordance with proper police procedures and include gathering and analyzing evidence and collecting criminal history records. Incumbents must be skilled in criminal report writing, case management, criminal investigation techniques as well as laws relating to arrest and investigation. Principal contacts are with other investigative agencies, police departments, as well as the Attorney General’s Office and the victims’ families. Investigator must display a professional demeanor at all times. 

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Work hand and hand with the homicide Unit cold case investigator.
  2. Managing an assigned case load of criminal complaints involving the current unsolved cold case backlog.
  3. Write detailed reports of actions taken in regards to assigned cases.
  4. Appearing as State's witness in court.
  5. Coordinates investigations with other state and federal enforcement jurisdictions.
  6. Establish partnerships and locates new and viable leads.
  7. Writes investigative and other incident reports to include crime reports submitted to the State Bureau of Identification.
  8. Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of investigative methods and techniques surrounding criminal investigations.
  • Knowledge of handling confidential informants.
  • Knowledge of basic criminal investigation.
  • Knowledge of search warrants and investigative tools.
  • Knowledge of criminal behavior.
  • Knowledge of the use of investigative and enforcement tools, e.g., electronic surveillance equipment, evidence processing equipment, fingerprint equipment, cameras, two-way radios, criminal justice information system computers, teletype, etc.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of interview and interrogation techniques.
  • Knowledge of proper police procedures to include the collection and preservation of evidence and conducting arrests.
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of recordkeeping and report writing.
  • Knowledge of major case management.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in investigating serious crimes such as homicide.  
  • Applicants should have prior sworn law enforcement experience.  
  • Working knowledge of crime scene investigations and a thorough knowledge of current scientific technology and associated database including DNA/CODIS, AFIS and IBIS.  
  • Must have attended or be willing to attend the DSP homicide conference.  
  • Ability to clearly communicate orally and in writing.  
  • Knowledge and experience in CJIS, DELJIS, NCIC, basic word processing and electronic mail with attachments.  
  • Questions regarding minimum qualifications should be directed to Human Resources (302) 672-5469.  
  • All candidates must undergo a comprehensive background check. 

Conditions of Employment

Direct deposit of paychecks is required as a condition of employment. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

This position is a classification organized under an exclusive bargaining representative (labor organization). The candidate/applicant selected for this position shall be asked to join and pay dues to the labor organization or, may decline joining the labor organization and not pay dues or a fee. The labor organization has been elected by employees as their representative for collective bargaining and other work related purposes.


This is a casual/seasonal position; therefore, there are no other benefits.

Additional Information

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) die to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23,2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment.  This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here 

CLASS: C/SCCI; EST: 9/7/2021 10:09:00 AM; REV: 9/7/2021 10:09:00 AM;