City of Tampa

Asset Forfeiture Investigator (#768400) 024

$23.38-$33.33 Hourly / $4,052.53-$5,777.20 Monthly / $48,630.40-$69,326.40 Yearly


Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

The employee in this class is responsible for performing assignments of more than average difficulty regarding impounded vehicles and other property seized and subject to forfeiture.  Under general supervision, the employee performs research, makes diligent searches of impounded vehicles, reviews reports and evaluates for forfeiture or settlement with the owner of the property.   Reasonable initiative and independent judgment are required in making these determinations.  Considerable tact and discretion are required as the employee comes into contact with confidential information and sensitive situations.  The employee may discuss or negotiate with the defendant/owner or their attorney for the disposition of the property.  Work is reviewed through observation, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Examines and verifies vehicles at the Police Impound Lot for stolen or altered vehicle identification numbers or issues regarding the license plate and registration; performs diligent searches for ownership/lien status, placement of any contraband into evidence and over-all vehicle evaluation.  

Utilizes the facts from the case reports and supplements, NCIS/FCIC and D.A.V.I.D., online data resources and information collected from the diligent search to determine if the vehicle/property is a candidate for forfeiture or if there is to be an out of court settlement.  

Answers subpoenas and testifies in order to facilitate prosecution of offenders.  

Conducts field surveys or investigations to collect or verify information from vehicles at private impound lots in response to “Good Faith” vehicle identification requests.  

Enters and helps maintain impounded vehicle information in the Forfeiture Database.  

 Drives light automotive equipment (car, step-van).  

Performs related work as required.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of:  operations of TPD; investigative and research techniques; Vehicle Identification Numbering (VIN) systems; illegal drugs and contraband; vehicle search techniques; evidence collection and storage rules and techniques.   

Ability to:  examine motor vehicles to determine condition and value; identify improper VIN numbers; maintain records and prepare reports; communicate effectively; maintain confidentiality of police matters; establish and maintain effective working relationships with officers, citizens, and representatives of other agencies; operate a light motor vehicle.   

Skill in: collection and handling of evidence; use of computers and software for research information and preparation of documents.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school and three (3) years of experience in law enforcement work including six (6) months experience in latent investigations; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 768400; REV: 3/1/2021;