Traffic Investigator

US Government, Public Safety

Do you have the desire to make a meaningful impact in a vibrant and diverse community? Join a collaborative workforce committed to serving the City of Irvine.

 The City of Irvine seeks a detail oriented individual to serve as a Civilian Traffic Investigator. The purpose of this position is to perform complex and specialized civilian law enforcement support duties in the investigation of traffic collisions. These duties include but are not limited to the investigation of traffic collision scenes, collection of evidence and property for related cases, preparation of related reports and court filings, and liaison between the courts, the District Attorney’s Office and the department.
 Your Impact

  • Investigates traffic collisions and/or assigned criminal cases. Reviews crime and arrest reports. Evaluates allegations to determine if a criminal investigation is warranted or refers complainant(s) to appropriate agency. Collects and secures evidence and property related to cases. Conducts follow-up investigations for in-custody cases.
  • Prepares a profile of each case. Makes recommendations as to which cases are to be prosecuted. Prepares reports to be filed with the District Attorney leading to the arrest of those suspected of criminal activity.
  • Interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects to obtain details, admissions, leads, etc. Refer victims to appropriate social services agency, and/or for medical care as necessary. Coordinates the placement of victims in shelters as necessary. 
  • Compiles and shows photo line-ups.
  • Delivers complaint packages to the District Attorney’s Office and explains case to the filing District Attorney. Research, reviews and monitors case status through adjudication. Prepares court documents and discovery materials.
  • Testifies in court at motions, hearings, and trials. Maintains proper courtroom demeanor and etiquette while testifying in court.
  • Utilizes computer systems to access and retrieve information from local, state, and Federal computer databases. Evaluates information retrieved and takes appropriate action.
  • Prepares necessary information leading to the arrest of suspects when probable cause is present. Assists in the preparation of search warrants. Prepares and files search warrant returns.
  • Responds to and takes control of traffic collision scenes to ensure accurate information and chain of evidence. Coordinates law enforcement personnel, equipment and other resources at the scene of minor traffic collisions. Assists citizens with referrals, directions, and with exchanging information at the scene. 
  • Prepares follow-up reports, diagrams and other documentation.
  • Searches for, identifies, seizes, and books evidence into property. Requests lab analyses, medical records, motor vehicle records, and other documents needed for evidence in assigned cases.
  • Logs and tracks criminal and civil subpoenas for officer appearance in court and notifies officers for appearance.
  • Maintains knowledge of current case law, investigative and evidence collection techniques, and department policies and procedures. Attends additional job specific P.O.S.T. certified schools, training courses, updates, and seminars as required.
  • May be required to administer first aid to injured parties at accident or other emergency scenes.
  • Find additional information in the Civilian Investigator I job description. 

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate degree in criminal justice, criminology, or related field
  • Three years’ experience in law enforcement
  • Any combination of education and experience that provides needed job specific knowledge, skills, and abilities. 
  • Requires a valid California driver’s license and the ability to take P.O.S.T. technical courses in investigative and evidence collection techniques.

 Best Fit

  • Strong interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication.
  • Maintain a superb level of organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work efficiently.
  • Collaborates well with others in a work environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships with the public.
  • Obtain a professional demeanor under high pressure situations.

Your Team
 Irvine is recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live, according to Money Magazine. The City of Irvine features an array of entertainment and recreational opportunities including exceptional parks, open space preservations, sport complexes, and master-planned communities.
 The Public Safety Department is a full-service public safety agency that provides several special program areas including Emergency Management, Crime Prevention, Youth Services, K-9s, Traffic Enforcement, Investigations, Crime Scene Investigation, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). Irvine is committed to a full community oriented policing concept that interfaces closely with all segments of the community.
The Process
 The selection process may include an examination and background investigation prior to appointment. All applicants must be able to pass the Public Safety background check process. This includes, but is not limited to, the review of legal documents, police and driving records, credit profile, motor vehicle insurance, vehicle operation, prior employment records, and performance reviews. Information about the public safety background process may be found at our Police Department Employment page.
 This recruitment may establish an eligibility list to fill future positions in similar and/or lower classifications within the organization.

Equal Opportunity Employer
 The City of Irvine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. We encourage you to inform Human Resources at least two business days prior to the first phase of the selection process if you have a disability that may require an accommodation.

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