Criminal Investigator

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is seeking a Highly qualified candidate for a Criminal Investigator position in Wichita Kansas. Salary: GS 7: $47,740 – $58,158 GS 9: $54,727 – $71,146
Work Schedule: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday with occasional work after hours
Position Title/Position Description: Criminal Investigator/PD# 99782-S
Bargaining Unit Status: Not Covered
Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt

 

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Job Grade: 7
Total Openings: 1

Duties:

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.
In conducting investigations, the position investigates complaints and tips, develops leads, obtains physical evidence, seeks out and questions witnesses and suspects, takes testimony and arrests offenders. 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.
The position acts as liaison officer and facilitates the investigations of other Federal, State, and local law enforcement personnel involved in the investigation and disposition of major crimes. 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 confers with the U.S. Attorney’s office, VA Regional Counsel Office, or other outside law enforcement agencies as appropriate, to dispose of or to proceed with a case.
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. 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. The position analyzes, evaluates, and advises on law enforcement delivery systems and operations, as well as assess the productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency of the activities and operations of Police Service. The primary responsibilities are to provide detailed, timely information on crime trends, predictive, analysis, workload/performance metrics, quality assurance, and customer service data and seek avenues for process improvements or system redesign.
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, relevance, and reports back to the Chief or team leader on the findings and conclusions. Leads administrative investigations of alleged administrative misconduct, patient abuse, and other improprieties, Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Qualifications:

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/21/2022. 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-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 and 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. This occupational series has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR). An IOR is a basic requirement that must be met in order to qualify for entry into this job series, and it is something that can’t be waived. The Individual Occupational Requirement for the Safety & Occupational Health Specialist position is:
Medical Requirements
The duties of positions in this series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying. You will undergo Medical and Psychological evaluations as part of the pre-employment process. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education s described below: GS-07 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: As a Police Officer conducting investigations; assisting with the completion of investigations; knowledge of basic principles and practices of investigative laws and regulations; communicate factual and procedural information clearly, orally, and in writing; gather and analyze basic facts and draw conclusions; drafting investigative reports for review by Investigator; securing a crime scene to preserve evidence.. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 1 full year of graduate level education; OR; be qualified for Superior Academic Achievement. A Transcript must be submitted to verify education. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond the minimum requirements. GS-09 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: Leading in the conduct of administrative investigations of alleged misconduct, patient abuse or other improprieties; leading or directing investigations of serious crimes or complex misdemeanors; utilizing standardized, optional, and innovative investigative techniques, methods, and procedures; experience with extensive research, interviewing, planning, observing, conducting takeout operations, and executing investigative techniques; liaison officer facilitating investigations of other Federal, State, and local law enforcement personnel; prepare and review reports, make recommendations, and prepare cases for prosecution; collect and use forensic data to solve crimes; analyze, evaluate, and advise on law enforcement delivery systems and operations and assess the productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency of Police Services operations. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a master’s or equivalent graduate degree; OR; 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR A LL.B. or J.D. if related. A Transcript must be submitted to verify education. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond the minimum requirements. **Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown above meets the requirements for positions at GS-7 through GS-11. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.**
**Undergraduate Education: Course work in fields closely related to those specified may be accepted if it clearly provides applicants with the background of knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance.** **You must acknowledge that you are willing to be certified on a fire arm and have a current, valid state driver’s license** You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
ArrestCriminal InvestigationCriminal LawForensics 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. Physical Requirements: See IOR above. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

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