Dist Atty Investigator (SFERS)

Investigator, Independent Investigations Bureau

Recruitment #PEX-8550-071563


Appointment Type

This is an Exempt Appointment.  Pursuant to the City & County of San Francisco Charter, Section 10.104.13. Any person occupying a position under exempt appointment shall not be subject to civil service selection, appointment and removal procedures.  Exempt employees shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer.



In response to the need to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system, the District Attorney of San Francisco, George Gascón, is taking an innovative approach to the investigation and prosecution of officer involved shootings (OIS), in custody deaths and excessive use of force, by creating an Independent Investigations Bureau (IIB). The new Bureau will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases of law enforcement officers who violate the Fourth and/or Fourteenth Amendment rights of individuals.   The IIB will conduct complete, thorough and unbiased investigations and evaluations of cases that involve allegations of unconstitutional policing.  To date, the San Francisco Police Department has acted as the lead investigating agency in cases involving OIS.  Under this newly created unit, the DA will have actual autonomy and independence to investigate, bring to prosecution and/or make other appropriate recommendation.


This unit will have three primary responsibilities:

  1. Lead investigative role in all officer involved shootings and in custody deaths and any criminal prosecutions that result.
  2. Investigate and prosecute police misconduct involving fourth and fourteenth amendment criminal violations. Police misconduct is defined as intentional acts by law enforcement officials who misuse their positions to unlawfully deprive individuals of constitutional rights, such as the right to be free from unwarranted assaults, illegal arrests and searches, excessive force and theft of property, and;
  3. Conduct conviction review for complaints of procedural error or factual innocence resulting from internal investigations or outside referrals. Conviction review is intended to identify and correct past errors in convictions. This is done through an extrajudicial, fact-based review of secured convictions to investigate plausible allegations of actual innocence. This will include cases discovered through our internal look back process after misconduct allegations are discovered, as well as cases brought externally by individuals.  The Independent Investigations Bureau will be tasked with independently investigating these cases and remedying any errors. 

Essential Functions

Under the supervision of the IIB Lieutenant, the DA Investigator will take on investigative roles as it relates to all officer involved shootings and in custody deaths and any criminal prosecutions that result.  This position encompasses the following essential functions: 

  • Participating in criminal investigative work involving a wide variety of difficult and complex cases under the jurisdiction of the IIB.  
  • Interviewing witnesses relative to IIB specific criminal investigations; assist in preparing reports for use in the evaluation and prosecution of criminal cases;
  • Conducting extremely delicate and sensitive investigations, preparing and preserving all evidence gathered to present to IIB prosecutorial staff in such a way as to maintain integrity of information needed for the prosecution of cases and/or other recommendation;
  • Making peace officer arrests in critical or emergency situations;
  • Serving legal documents such as subpoenas, warrants, and summonses;
  • Gathering pertinent information and evidence by interviewing complainants, witnesses, and suspects;
  • Conducting thorough analysis of crime scenes as well as intelligence and evidence gathering activities.
  • Preparing reports, files and recommends issuance of complaints;
  • Preparing detailed reports of investigations, including synopsis of facts, dates, names, places, findings related to charges against officers in question, statements of witnesses, victims and suspects other evidence gathered, and
  • May testify as a witness in court or at administrative hearings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicant must possess some combination of 6 years of education at the collegiate level in criminology, penology, police science, or a closely related field and criminal investigative experience.
  • Must meet all current hiring standards of P.O.S.T., including passing a P.O.S.T. background investigation, a psychological and physical examination before appointment.
  • Knowledge of POST standards, criminal codes and laws, investigative techniques, methods and procedures.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s license prior to appointment and meet and maintain driving requirements for the City & County of San Francisco.
  • Ability to Speak and write in a clear and effective manner; establish and maintain effective working relationships.  Demonstrated ability to manage and lead a team in complex procedures and practices that may result in the investigation and prosecution of peace officers. 

Desirable Qualifications

  • Ability to handle complex and confidential investigations with tact, resourcefulness, and god judgment; ability to communicate and effectively interact with witnesses from diverse communities. 
  • Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Administration or a closely related field.
  • Possession of an Advanced POST Certificate.   

Application process:

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process. Select the desired job announcement Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously” Follow instructions on the screen Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.  Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.


IMPORTANT:  In addition to completing online application, please attach a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and two letters of reference scanned as one packet. 


Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

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