Crime Investigator

State of Montana - Missoula, MT

Every day at the Montana Department of Justice, our employees are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and rights of the people of our great state. At the Department of Justice we do the right thing for the right reason. If you’re looking for an opportunity to be part of a team that builds a culture of character and excellence, demonstrates collaboration and selfless public service, and upholds the law and pursues public safety, the Department of Justice may just be the career for you.

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Job Overview:
The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) coordinates investigations and conducts criminal investigations with federal, state and local public safety agencies. Its services include criminal investigations; narcotics, and fire investigations; fire safety inspections; and law enforcement training. The Division of Criminal Investigations is comprised of five bureaus: Investigations Bureau, Narcotics Bureau, Crime Information Bureau, Children Justice Center Bureau, and the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Bureau.

The Major Case Section coordinates investigations and conducts criminal investigations with city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies at their request. The section also coordinates and conducts criminal investigations of allegations referred by the Montana State Fund and the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Justice. These investigations include—but are not limited to—homicide and other violent crimes, organized crime activity, white-collar crime, sex crimes, corruption, official misconduct, theft, complex financial crimes, and internal agency investigations. Criminal Investigators (Agents) respond to callouts, process crime scenes and collect evidence, conduct field interviews/interrogations, complete follow-up investigative work to build a case file, assist prosecutors and testify in court. Major Case Agents also provide training to law enforcement agencies and public safety sectors throughout the state.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The position requires extensive knowledge of law enforcement; investigative procedures; planning; report writing; coordinating the activities of multiple agencies and jurisdictions; developing, conducting and presenting complex long-term cases; criminal procedures, collection and rules of evidence, criminal justice information and privacy/security regulations, family services, Social Services and Institutions and law enforcement and investigation including criminal justice information. Knowledgeable, proficient, and skilled in the use of firearms. Knowledgeable regarding proper procedures for writing and executing search warrants, investigative subpoenas, and forfeiture documents.
Skill in using all types of complicated equipment necessary to conduct criminal investigations; conducting undercover investigations; making correct/legal and appropriate decisions in highly stressful situations; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees; communicating effectively verbally and in writing; and in reviewing case plans and information. Skilled in drafting and presenting search warrants, investigative subpoenas and forfeiture documents to prosecutors and judges for review and issuance.
Skill in examining all types of evidence to determine its relevance to the prosecution of the case and to properly document its relationship to the case and criminals. Procedures followed include standards of law enforcement and criminal investigation profession, best practices in investigation, and federal, state, and local regulations.
Knowledge of Montana Codes Annotated (MCA) dealing with crimes (MCA, Title 45, "Crimes"), criminal procedure (MCA, Title 46, "Criminal Procedure"), rules of evidence (MCA, Title 26, Chapter 10, "Montana Rules of Evidence"), seizures related to contraband, criminal justice information and privacy/security regulations (MCA, Title 44, Chapter 5, "Criminal Justice Information"); family services (MCA, Title 52); Social Services and Institutions (MCA, Title 53); CFR 18 and 42; ARMs; and law enforcement and investigation including criminal justice information and rules of evidence.

Education and Experience:
Five (5) years of law enforcement experience including a variety of felony investigations.
POST Law Enforcement Basic Certificate (or equivalent from other state) required.
Must have a valid driver’s license and meet the qualifications to operate a department vehicle or personal vehicle for department business, required by state and department policies.

Firearms’ training is mandated for peace officer requirements and liability.

Special Instructions:
In your cover letter please answer the following two questions.
Briefly describe your law enforcement career: from the job you feel was your first true career-oriented job to the present? Discuss the investigative skills you learned from each job that would enable you to conduct investigations for the DCI Major Case Section.
Successful performance as a Major Case Agent requires your availability to respond anywhere in the state to crime scenes at all hours of the day or night, sometimes on weekends and occasionally on holidays, to conduct a criminal investigation. Please describe how you and your family have considered being able to successfully meet this requirement.

The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant's qualification may include, but not limited to, an evaluation of the resume and cover letter, a structured interview, performance test, reference/background checks and fingerprint checks.

  • Additional materials, references or information submitted by the applicant, but not requested, will not be considered.
Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:
Intensive Background Check

You are REQUIRED to attach a cover letter and resume at the time of application.

In your resume, include all work experience you have held that would help you qualify for this position, including duties and dates of employment (month & year - start & end), including reason for leaving.

A complete state application is not required; however, you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter and resume in order to be considered for this position. Failure to attach the cover letter and resume will result in your application being incomplete and will not be considered further.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

If you need an accommodation with the application process please contact the HR office.

This Organization Participates in E-Verify.

Minorities are under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Training Assignment: Not Applicable

Job: Safety

Salary: $ 28.99 - 28.99 Hourly

Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 1

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-Time

Shift: Variable

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Primary Location: Missoula

Agency: Department of Justice

Union: Montana Federation of Public Employees

Bargaining Unit: 048 - MFPE-DOJ Crime Investigators

Posting Date: Sep 12, 2019, 9:06:57 AM

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Sep 27, 2019, 12:59:00 AM

Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume

Contact Name: Brianna Schlick | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: 406-560-3832