Internal Affairs Investigator - Limited Term (Part-Time)

Fairfax County Government - Fairfax, VA4.2


Agency: Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
Grade: S27
Job#: 53006675
Salary: Minimum 32.3590 Maximum 43.1453 benefit eligible
Location: Public Safety Headquarters, 12099 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax 22030

Works as part of the Personnel Services Bureau team within Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to conduct internal investigations.

The person filling in this position will maintain the integrity of the Fire and Rescue Department by conducting thorough, fair, and impartial investigations into internal or external complaints that are received by the department of alleged administrative or criminal misconduct by career, civilian, or volunteer personnel. Other duties include:

  • Coordinates major investigations affecting other law enforcement entities or county agencies and ensure that the fire chief or the assistant chief is informed of such an investigation;
  • Transports employees for substance abuse testing, supervises the test, obtains the results, and reports them to the employee's supervisor;
  • Administers, coordinates, and reviews polygraph examinations for employees under investigation, and conducts follow-up investigations;
  • Keeps accurate, detailed and organized records, and prepares comprehensive reports of work and findings;
  • Testifies in administrative hearings (i.e. Civil Service Commission hearings) and assists the Office of the County Attorney in the preparation of cases to defend the Fire and Rescue Department or its personnel against lawsuits;
  • Reviews applicant background check reports returned from the Federal Bureau of Investigations database and provides hiring recommendations based on the results and position requirements;
  • Advises citizens or departmental personnel as to the final disposition of cases;
  • Reports to the fire chief or the assistant chief 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 examinations for the positions of firefighter/emergency medical technician;
  • Maintains a level of understanding and familiarity with the department's rules and regulations, general orders, standard operating procedures, Fairfax County's laws and personnel rules, and state laws sufficient to perform the assigned duties and responsibilities;
  • Performs other duties or functions as may be directed by the fire chief or the assistant chief .

Note: This position may be required to be on-call 24 hours per day for specified periods and, when needed, must be available to conduct investigations or interviews during the evening, weekends, and/or holidays.

Required 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;
  • Ability to conduct effective interviews and interrogations, elicit pertinent information, and draw sound conclusions;
  • Ability to extract information from computerized criminal information records (such as the Virginia Crime Information Network and the National Crime Information Center);
  • 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.

Minimum Requirements: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to: graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration, public administration, business administration, psychology, or a related field; plus three years of investigative experience.

Certificates and Licenses Required:

  • Within a year of appointment, certification as a Law Enforcement Officer by the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Within three years of appointment, a Polygraph Examiner's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • The incumbent shall have arrest powers and may carry a firearm, as requested by the fire chief and authorized by the clerk of the Circuit Court as a special conservator of the peace;
  • The incumbent will not be subject to rotation to another law enforcement function, nor will they participate in emergency incidents;
  • Possession of a current motor vehicle driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer by the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Possession of a Polygraph Examiner's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Certification as a Special Conservator of the Peace in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • More than ten years of experience conducting investigations to include:
  • Planning and conducting interviews, while succinctly articulating relevant information into an investigative report;
  • Writing grammatically correct and comprehensive reports, organizing in-depth case files, and presenting investigative findings to small and large groups;
  • Knowledge and full time experience in developing appropriate investigative strategies for conducting thorough, objective investigations of complaints while maintaining confidentiality;
  • 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;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel).

Selection Procedure:

Panel interview; may include exercise.

Note: This position may not exceed 1,560 hours per year. The hours may be extended depending on workload, performance, and availability of funds. Individuals in these positions are eligible for limited employee benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance coverage, and participation in flexible spending programs, but are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.

Job Type: Part-time