Criminal Investigative Technician I/II

2 vacancies

Recruitment #19-G39-001


Are you interested in a civilian law enforcement career helping to keep Ventura safe and livable?  Do you have proven analytical and technical investigative experience?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for two Criminal Investigative Technician I/II vacancies in the Police Department. To be considered for these exciting career opportunities, apply online at by the 7/28/2019 filing deadline!

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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.

This is a flexibly allocated position that may be filled at either the I or II level, depending on the qualifications of the applicants and the needs of the city.


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. 


  • Is an organized individual, who is detail-oriented and able to work as a team player
  • Is highly proficient in the latest criminal analysis and investigative techniques
  • Possesses excellent computer, report-writing, and oral presentation skills
  • Has proven interview skills
  • Responds diplomatically and tactfully to people of diverse backgrounds, in adverse situations


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.


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.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles may be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation:  $442 per year will be matched in a 457 Plan.

Medical & Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly towards a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available.   

Vision Insurance: City paid coverage for employees and dependents.  Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee's annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance: City paid short and long-term disability coverage.

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your social security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare: Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Annual Leave: 14.5 days per year, increasing to 24.5 days after 15 years service, for vacation or sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year.

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Part-Time Benefits: Regular part-time employees receive insurance, optional benefits, vacation, holidays, sick leave and disability programs proportionate to their regular work hours.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution after completion of probation.

Direct Deposit: Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Flexible Workweek: A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions.

Wellness Program: A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in August 2019, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: