Criminal Investigator

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

The position is organizationally known as a Criminal Investigator and reports to the Chief of Police. The single focus of this position is the investigation of suspected major offenses against Veterans Affairs (VA) patients, visitors and staff and U.S. government property and assets and the potential prosecution of criminals. This position works in a unique VA environment where the continual existence and level of serious crimes.


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Job Grade: 9
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Investigation 75% The position is directed to plan and conduct investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of criminal laws by utilizing investigative techniques and applying the laws of evidence, rules of criminal procedures, and precedent court decisions concerning criminal activities. Investigates crimes which cannot be resolved through the initial efforts of the reporting officer’s preliminary investigation or are beyond the scope of a Detective’s responsibility. Cases investigated by the position normally involve an equal mixture of serious crimes or complex misdemeanors, which almost always take several months and sometimes more than a year to fully investigate. The position utilizes an extensive array of standardized, optional, and innovative investigation procedures, techniques and methods to detect, investigate, and resolve crimes and other activities that are beyond the scope or requirements for solutions associated with standard patrol assignments. The position performs a variety of standard and nonstandard assignments in resolving a wide range of conditions or criminal/administrative activities typically requiring extensive research, interviewing, planning, observing, conducting stakeout operations, and executing investigative techniques, resulting in arrest of suspects and in some instances, changes in patrol operating procedures. The position obtains evidence, explains constitutional rights, and performs search and seizures. Gathers information and determines facts/evidence relationships and conducts multiple-location surveillance over an extended time period. Participates in surveillance activities that are coordinated by an OIG and/or other federal agency’s senior investigator to ensure investigator support and protection. Performs surveillance and monitors suspects. In conjunction with other agencies, requests, justifies, and obtains search warrants. Ensures 902 authorizations are in place to support investigative processes. In conjunction with other federal and state law enforcement agencies, has fingerprints and DNA processed. Works with the US Attorney to register informants. The position prepares and reviews reports, makes recommendations, and prepares cases for prosecution. In performing the above, the position employs a methodology consistent with established criminal investigation techniques, renders detailed accurate statements, and reduces the information gathered into a clear, concise, and accurate report that is forwarded to the Chief of Police, Assistant United States Attorney or State District Attorney’s office. Collects and uses forensic evidence to solve crimes. Collects enough evidence to support a court case against a criminal. Explains to the jury the significance of evidence as it relates to proof that a crime was committed. Data Analysis and Evaluation of Crime Trends 15% The position is responsible for collecting/compiling data that includes criminal trends, performance metrics, and quality assurance for all functions of Police Service. The position creates graphs, charts, and descriptions of the data collected to include analyzing the information and providing ways to reduce crime, improve performance, and meet customer needs while maintaining an acceptable performance service level. Crime Scene Preservation 10% The position conducts and oversees Internal Affairs Investigations (IA), under the direction of the Chief of Police or as assigned by VHA Leadership. In conjunction with Internal Affairs records system, reviews IA reports for completeness, accuracy, and relevance, and reports back to the Chief or team leader on the findings and conclusions. Leads or assists in the conduct of administrative investigations of alleged administrative misconduct, patient abuse, and other improprieties as directed by the Chief of Police, Medical Center Director, Associate Director, or Chief of Staff. The position will, on occasion, be required to coordinate and/or participate in a taskforce or other team to conduct highly complex, difficult and sensitive criminal, civil and administrative investigations involving alleged misconduct, criminal activity and/or corruption by VA employees and related entities, employing all of the agency’s authorities and capabilities in support of criminal, corruption, and misconduct investigations directly affecting agency integrity. As part of the internal affairs group, the position may be required to travel on short notice to participate in serious administrative investigations including, but not limited to, Officer involved shootings, in-custody deaths, alleged constitutional violations, allegations of racial profiling or discriminatory policing or racial prejudice, dishonesty, drug use, sexual misconduct cases handled for other jurisdictions/VISN interagency cases. Work Schedule: Full Time M-F Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Criminal Investigator/PD99782S Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/10/2023. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: The work involves the knowledge of investigative laws, regulations, precedents, court decisions, and current instructions concerning the major agency mission, the manufacture and transport of illegal substances or commodities, etc. Knowledge of investigative techniques and laws of evidence, rules of criminal procedures, and precedent court decisions concerning admissibility of evidence, constitutional rights, search and seizure, and related issues. In order to investigate and prosecute sophisticated, complex, and serious crimes as a Criminal Investigator, the work requires knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures, Federal Sentencing Guidelines, and Federal guidelines on the conduct of criminal investigations. Skill in consolidating ostensibly disparate facts, events and other types of intelligence material and developing information and applying guidelines and techniques for the detection, apprehension, and persecution of persons attempting to violate or circumvent laws. Skill in coordinating intelligence gathering operations that occur on VA property under their responsibility and developing specific cases or complaints. Skill in developing continuing sources of information. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Arrest Criminal Investigation Criminal Law Forensics Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. This position is required to attend an 8 – 10-week POST course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Satisfactory completion of this course is a condition of continued employment. Must successfully attend and complete the FLETC Law Enforcement Criminal Investigator Training Program (FLETC CITP). Must meet the training and recertification in the use of firearms in accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in VA Directive and VA Handbook 0720, Program to Arm Department of Veterans Affairs Police. Maintains the eligibility that all Federal Employees and Contractors must maintain for a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential. Completes a successfully adjudicated National Agency Check Inquiry (NACI) or equivalent background investigation and maintains PIV credential eligibility during their service with the agency. Manages information security within areas of responsibility to ensure that computer system security and confidentiality is maintained. Ensures access to sensitive information is limited only to that which the incumbent requires to perform their duties. Takes the necessary action to report and address violations of information security. Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. Protects the data from unauthorized release or loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion. Follows applicable regulation and instructions regarding access agreement that the employee signs. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, walking, bending, stooping, reaching, crawling, and similar activities. Performance of work may take place in attics, crawlspaces, walls, ceilings, and other limited access spaces, or in rough terrain. The work may require some common characteristics and abilities of physical agility and dexterity to work in confined spaces and to move or lift moderately heavy objects. Work Environment: The work environment involves frequent exposure to moderate risk situations, some discomforts, unpleasant working conditions, and adverse weather conditions e.g. hot, cold, dry and wet. Safety or security precautions sometimes are necessary, and the position may have to use appropriate clothing or gear. May be required to work long and irregular hours, on weekends, holidays, or at night, and change shifts and duty hours to conduct extensive criminal investigations. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at

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You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

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