Criminal Investigator

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

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.

 

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Job Grade: 7
Total Openings:

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. 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. Work Schedule: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. On call as needed based on the needs of the Service
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Criminal Investigator/PD99782S
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Qualifications:

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/29/2022. 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 7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 5, for a GS 9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 7. 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. Individual Occupational Requirements:
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 may qualify based on your experience and/or education s described below for the GS 7 level: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS 5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: knowledge of basic principles and practices investigative laws, regulations, precedents, court decisions, and current instructions concerning the major agency mission, the manufacture and transport of illegal substances or commodities. perform structured, entry-level work designed to develop broader and more in-depth knowledge and skill to perform higher-level. Assignments communicate factual and procedural information clearly, orally and in writing. gather and analyze basic facts and draw conclusions. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have one full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement. (TRANSCRIPT REQIUIRED) 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 may qualify based on your experience and/or education s described below for the GS 9 level: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS 7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Applies guidelines/techniques for the detection, apprehension, and persecution of persons attempting to violate or circumvent laws. Conducts interviews or interrogations that involved eliciting evidence, data, or surveillance information. Researches and utilizes applicable federal guidelines in order to successfully investigate and prosecute complex serious crimes. Collects, obtains, and conducts forensic analysis of evidence and intelligence 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 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) 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: Criminal Investigation Arrest 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. 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. 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/.

Job Requirements:

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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