City of Ventura

Criminal Investigative Technician II (#G38)

Unit: SEIU - General Unit (G)
$27.62-$33.57 Hourly / $4,787.59-$5,819.32 Monthly / $57,451.06-$69,831.84 Yearly

Criminal Investigative Technician I (#G39)

Unit: SEIU - General Unit (G)
$24.02-$29.20 Hourly / $4,163.55-$5,060.90 Monthly / $49,962.64-$60,730.80 Yearly


Under general supervision, Criminal Investigative Technicians are non-sworn (“civilian”) positions which perform routine (I-level) or complex (II-level) and specialized investigative liaison duties involved in the enforcement of municipal, state, and federal criminal laws in support of the Police Department’s investigative functions. Performs criminal investigations under the direction of sworn personnel and assists sworn detectives in the preparation of cases by completing administrative and research functions.


Criminal Investigative Technician I:  This is the entry-level classification in the job series.  Under general supervision, incumbents perform a variety of routine investigative liaison duties. Positions are flexibly-staffed and incumbents are expected to advance to the Criminal Investigative Technician II classification upon obtaining the required experience.

Criminal Investigative Technician II:  This is the journey-level classification in the job series and is distinguished from Criminal Investigative Technician I by assignment of more complex and difficult investigative liaison duties. Incumbents perform the full range of duties assigned in an independent manner within established guidelines. 


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Investigates a variety of crimes in support of the enforcement of municipal, state, and federal criminal laws. These crimes may include but are not limited to violent and non-violent crimes as well as sex offenses and missing person’s investigations.
  • Determines appropriate analytical methods and information-gathering processes that are relevant to the particular cases.
  • Interviews victims, witnesses and involved parties in order to understand the nature of the crime, probable causes, motives, and potential violations of criminal and civil law.
  • Assists investigators with datamining social media sites related to known criminal offenders, intelligence gathering, and researching social media sites of known suspects.
  • Prepares preservation letters to ensure the custodians of certain documents and electronically stored information preserve potentially relevant evidence.
  • Analyzes material returned from social media companies, video surveillance, data recovery, and electronic storage devices (i.e. cell phones, computers, etc.).
  • Accesses county, state, interstate, and national law enforcement records and information systems for the purpose of retrieving data.
  • Writes police reports to document findings, including supplemental reports, crime reports, and property reports. Prepares comprehensive reports to document findings including observations, actions taken, and conclusions.
  • Testifies in court and is subject to emergency call-outs as necessary. Assists with obtaining and executing search warrants. Assists with other technical analysis as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge of: Federal, state, and local laws and regulations; basic principles of investigation and basic criminal investigative techniques; social media datamining; efficient customer service skills and techniques; modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computer-related software programs; report presentation techniques; and proper use of English, spelling, and grammar.

Ability to: Analyze crimes, including evidence, criminal histories, interpersonal relationships, financial data, and other factors; evaluate probable motives, behaviors, and alternative causes and reach sound conclusions based upon research and collaboration; collect, evaluate, and interpret varied data, either in statistical, narrative, or interview form; conduct interviews and case research; interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and procedures; prepare clear and concise reports, and other written materials; organize and maintain accurate records and files; coordinate multiple cases and meet critical deadlines; exercise sound judgement within established guidelines; communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively, orally, and in writing; use tact, discretion, and sensitivity in dealing with sensitive situations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with victims, suspects, media representatives, attorneys, Court officials, police personnel, citizen groups, and the public; operate computer and utilize appropriate software programs and databases.


License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and acceptable driving record are required.


Environment: works both inside in an office environment and in field settings; may drive a vehicle to different locations.

Physical Abilities: hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person, on the telephone, and at formal presentations; vision sufficient to read computer screens; audio-visual discrimination and perception for making observations; sitting, standing, and walking for extended periods of time; occasional lifting up to 20 pounds; uses hands to handle, feel, or operate standard office equipment including personal computer; and mental capacity to observe and interpret people and situations.


Hazards: may be exposed to unpredictable, hostile situations, and people; exposure to computer screens.


A combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to:


Criminal Investigative Technician I:  Two years of college coursework in criminal justice, political science, sociology, or a closely related field and one year of experience in investigative work or other related work within the law enforcement field.   

Criminal Investigative Technician II:  Two years of college coursework in criminal justice, political science, sociology, or a closely related field and three years of varied analytical and technical experience in law enforcement investigative work.

CLASS: G38; EST: 7/1/2018; REV: 4/20/2019;
CLASS: G39; EST: 4/20/2019; REV: ;