Background Investigator
City of Hollywood, FL - Hollywood, FL

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Under the direction of the Major, the incumbent is responsible for conducting background investigations of applicants for positions in the Police Department and for applicants for other positions at the request of the Human Resources Director. Incumbents perform duties in accordance with Florida Statutes and established Departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines. The incumbent must be able to act without close supervision and must be able to exercise independent judgement. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, and review of written reports for results obtained and adherence to established polices and procedures.

The Requirements:
1. Evaluates candidates based on Departmental and State of Florida Standards. 2. Conducts complete background investigations of applicants. 3. Prepares written reports, forms, and other documents as required. a) Complete standardized Departmental forms relating to background investigations. b) Prepares narrative reports of background investigations. c) Prepares detailed reports pertaining to Departmental business on such forms and in such format as may be required. 4. Reports orally and in writing, upon matters concerning the Personnel Unit, Police Department, or the City. Makes recommendations for improvement. 5. Testifies in civil and criminal Court proceedings and gives depositions. 6. Provides supports and assistance to other Department Members and City Employees. 7. Performs related work as required for this position description only. Associates degree from an accredited college plus a minimum of five (5) years related law enforcement experience, three (3) years of which would have been in an investigative capacity, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Must be a United States Citizen and pass an extensive background screen including:
  • polygraph
  • drug screening
  • possession of a valid Florida Drivers License
Knowledge of Federal Laws, State Statutes and Local Ordinances.
Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to organize and prioritize work assignments.
Ability to communicate effectively with superiors, subordinates, and the general public.
Ability to analyze information and materials received.
Ability to prepare and present clear and concise reports.
Ability to determine proper courses of action within the established framework of polices and procedures and exercise discretion.
Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions.
Ability to develop a working knowledge of Departmental rules, regulations, polices, and procedures. Skill in the operation of a motorized City vehicle. Skill in the operation of modern office equipment, including personal computer.
Ability to learn and adapt to changing technologies and practices.

The Examination:
Depending on the number of applicants and the quality of their education and experience, the examination may consist of one or more of the following tests: Evaluation of Training and Experience, Oral Interview, Written Examination, or other assessment method. Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each part of the examination in order to qualify. All successful applicants will be required to pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening, prior to appointment. An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination as provided for in the Florida Statutes. To obtain veteran's preference, candidates MUST submit a copy of separation papers (DD214) and meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Florida Statues.

Additional Information:
The City of Hollywood has an Ordinance which regulates the employment of relatives of City employees. Also, as of 12/15/2005 the City will require all newly hired employees to sign an affidavit affirming non-usage of tobacco or tobacco products within the last year prior to submission of application and will continue to be a non-user of tobacco products throughout employment with the City of Hollywood. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The Employment Office will make reasonable efforts in the examination and workplace to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources of special needs by calling (954) 921-3216. The City of Hollywood is an Equal Opportunity / Equal Access Employer. _