Internal Investigator 2 (Criminal)

NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

Minimum Qualifications:

Twelve (12) years of law enforcement investigative experience.
Current NYS basic course for police officer certification and New York State residency at the time of appointment.
Possession of a valid NYS Driver’s License

An associate’s degree may be substituted for two years of law enforcement investigative experience;
A bachelor’s degree may be substituted for four years of law enforcement experience

*Law enforcement investigative experience must include independent investigative experience interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects in criminal investigations; collecting and analyzing data and evidence; writing, summarizing, and documenting case narratives, reports and interviews; and offering testimony at criminal proceedings, grand jury suppression hearings, and criminal trials specific to the roles and responsibilities of a criminal investigator in a police department or sheriff’s office. Additionally, qualifying law enforcement experience must include managing multiple criminal investigations as a detective and being responsible for completing all aspects of full investigations to include conducting photo identification procedures, conducting field operations such as search warrants and arrests, and coordinating with other law enforcement agencies.

Non-qualifying experience includes:
Routine police patrol work, traffic enforcement, building surveillance, tax collection, collection of delinquent accounts, skip tracing, credit checking, auditing, employment interviewing, hotel or store detective, correction officer, guard, inspector or security related positions, or any other position which does not involve the level of law enforcement investigative experience described above. Positions that do not have the law enforcement experience described above WILL NOT be considered qualifying experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the preferred candidate would also possess experience in the direct provision of services which may include the care, review, investigation, assessment, treatment, or case planning for person(s) in facilities or programs covered by the Protection of People with Special Needs Act of 2012, which includes facilities or providers providing care to vulnerable persons within the State Oversight Agencies (SOA). The SOA agencies include the NYS Office of Mental Health, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Department of Health, and NYS Education Department.


The Internal Investigator 2 will be responsible for the following duties:

•Perform pre-adjudication investigations and assist other investigators. Trace, interview, and subpoena witnesses, victims, and suspects in civil cases; obtain statements, documents and related evidence for use in court.
•Conduct investigations of a wide variety of civil complaints, including such areas as: allegations of abuse and/or neglect, financial and death investigations.
•Examine court, public and governmental records needed for investigation; in the preparation of evidence for trial by taking photographs, preparing diagrams, charts, etc.
•Assist in the investigation of criminal offenses.
•Prepare narrative reports to effectively communicate the results of investigations to appropriate parties.
•Coordinate the appearance of witnesses at adjudication proceedings and explain procedures to them.
•Testify in adjudication proceedings concerning evidence gathered in investigations.
•Serve as a liaison and coordinate investigative activities with investigators and law enforcement officers from various agencies.
•Serve civil process documents; make recommendations regarding case disposition.
•Operate computers, photographic and recording equipment, and other related investigative equipment and resources.
•Respond to incident scenes to collect evidence and interviews witnesses, victims or suspects.
•Serve as lead investigator on complex and/or critical investigations.
•Perform field training and evaluation of probationary investigators.

Additional Information:

Established in 2013 by the Protection with Special Needs Act; The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center) is charged with protecting over one million New Yorkers under the care or jurisdiction across six State Oversight Agencies.

NOTE ON FINGERPRINTING: Please be advised that should you accept a job offer with this agency, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay for the cost of the fingerprinting fee.

NOTE ON TELECOMMUTING: Employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to the Justice Center’s Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

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