Internal Affairs Investigator

Escambia County - Escambia County, FL3.4

This class will maintain the integrity of the Public Safety Department by conducting thorough, fair, and impartial investigations into internal or external complaints that are received by the department of alleged administrative or misconduct by career, civilian, or volunteer personnel.

This is a "mandatory-testing" position that requires Drug Testing.

Examples of Duties: Coordinates major investigations affecting Public Safety or other county departments and ensure that the Public Safety Director or designee is informed of such an investigation;

Ensures or transports employees for substance abuse testing, supervises the test, obtains the results, and reports them to the Public Safety Director or designee;

Keeps accurate, detailed and organized records, and prepares comprehensive reports of work and findings;

May conduct pre-employment background checks;

Testifies in administrative hearings (i.e. Union or Merit System Protection Board) and assists the Office of the County Attorney in the preparation of cases to defend the Public Safety Department or its personnel against lawsuits;

Advises departmental personnel as to the final disposition of cases;

Reports to the Public Safety Director or designee on the status of any or all internal cases under investigation;

Provides technical support and guidance to supervisory personnel engaged in other department investigations;

Develops and provides information and training programs designed to inform supervisory personnel and other personnel on matters relevant to internal affairs matters;

Administers, coordinates, and reviews polygraph/CVSA examinations for the positions of
Public Safety personnel;

Plans and conducts interviews, while succinctly articulating relevant information into an investigative report;

Writes grammatically correct and comprehensive reports, organizing in-depth case files, and presenting investigative findings to small and large groups;

Maintains a level of understanding and familiarity with the department's rules and regulations, general orders, standard operating procedures, Escambia County's policies, personnel rules, and state laws sufficient to perform the assigned duties and responsibilities;

Performs other duties or functions as may be directed by the Public Safety Director or designee.

Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

NOTE: This position is on-call 24 hours per day and, when needed, must be available to conduct investigations or interviews during the evening, weekends, and/or holidays. Collaborates with other County and State departments and bureaus to maintain uniformity of code interpretations and policies.

Qualifications: Training and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Criminology, Public Administration, Emergency Management, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, or other closely related field, with a minimum of one to two years of experience in the area of specialty; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed.

Completion of an approved Internal Affairs Investigator Course, or ability to obtain within one year of employment.

Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience conducting investigations.

Licensing Requirements:
Valid driver's license
Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers Certification, or ability to obtain within one year of employment in this position

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of the Department's rules, regulations, general orders, and standard operating procedures, as well as the County's personnel regulations and other relevant County and state laws;
Knowledge of investigator practices and techniques;
Knowledge of local, state and federal statutes;
Knowledge of the judicial system;
Knowledge and full-time experience in developing appropriate investigative strategies for conducting thorough, objective investigations of complaints while maintaining confidentiality;
Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel).
Ability and experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with other staff, public officials, the general public, and representatives of other agencies;
Ability and experience communicating clearly and presenting results in both written and oral formats;
Ability to conduct effective interviews and interrogations, elicit pertinent information, and draw sound conclusions;
Ability to effectively testify before hearing boards and in court;
Ability to prepare accurate, timely reports concerning criminal and administrative investigations;
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people.

Supplemental Information:Physical Requirements:Positions in this class typically require:
Ability to walk, climb stairs and drive an automobile. All duties will be accomplished with or without reasonable accommodations.

Benefits/Compensation Package:
  • Medical / Dental / Vision plans
  • Prescription coverage
  • Employee health clinic
  • Employee fitness centers
  • Employer-sponsored retirement plan or an investment plan
  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account(s)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Annual/Sick Leave or Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Group Life Insurance