Pretrial Officer (Intake & Investigation...
THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA - Punta Gorda, FL

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SUMMARY
The position of Pretrial Officer (Intake & Investigation Unit) performs professional investigative work around the clock to provide quality and timely information to the criminal courts, which supports the judicial decision to release or detain the defendant. Pretrial Officers in the Intake & Investigation unit conduct a full intake/investigation on defendants as a part of the booking process into the jail. Pretrial Officers verify the inmate's intake information and produce a quality first appearance report that is used by the judges as they make their pretrial release decisions. The Pretrial Officer (Intake & Investigation Unit) reports directly to the Pretrial Services Manager and/or Pretrial Supervisors.

A Pretrial Officers primary responsibilities include the following: (1) Conduct pretrial services booking interviews in the jail facilities. (2) Determine indigent status for public defender representation. (3) Write summary reports that include a detailed criminal history of the defendant and recommendation to the judge regarding pretrial release. (4) Research probation status and prepare Widman Warrants. (5) Perform other duties as assigned.

Examples of Duties:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(1) Pretrial Services Booking Interview:
• Interview all defendants booked into the jail facilities in order to provide a quality pretrial report to the 1st Appearance Judge
• As part of the pretrial interview identify alcohol, drug, mental health, and/or other problems and refer to appropriate agencies for further assessment
• Update pretrial officers in the courtroom as to any defendants that have applied for the public defender since the previous interview so the most up to date information is available in the courtroom
• Based on the defendant's interview, prepare and submit to the Court a recommendation that follows the criteria and procedures outlined in the Pretrial Officers Intake Unit Training Manual, including community stability, interpretation of interview data and consultation with supervisor as appropriate
(2) Determine indigent status for public defender representation
• Present information to all defendants regarding the possible appointment of the Office of the Public Defender
• Screen all defendants for determination of indigence for public defender representation when appropriate
(3) Write summary reports that include a detailed criminal history of the defendant and recommendation to the judge regarding pretrial release
• Complete pretrial paperwork with a written summary report detailing a defendant's full criminal history and community ties
• Complete pretrial interview packet with the defendant by using booking information, local criminal history information, NCIC/FCIC criminal history information, the defendants family/friends input, and appropriate interviewing skills
• Verify defendant's responses by using data systems and contacting personal references, employment references, etc. to determine authenticity of information and to make reliable recommendations
• Assist court pretrial officers in preparation for court attendance by updating/pulling pretrial reports and updating any other paperwork that will be used in court to ensure Pretrial Services is providing the most accurate and current information available on each defendant
• Interact with law enforcement, state attorneys and public defenders, jail personnel, and court personnel as appropriate to make reliable release recommendations
(4) Research Probation status and prepare Widman Warrants
• Verify whether the defendant is presently on county and/or state probation utilizing appropriate databases and prepare a Widman Warrant for first appearance when appropriate
(5) Other
• Other duties as assigned
Typical Qualifications:
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge of:
• Methods, practices, principles, procedures and techniques used in interviewing and investigating as it pertains to the operation of the department
• Social casework principles and methods
• Basic structure of the criminal justice system
• Local, state and federal guidelines, rules, regulations and statutes as they pertain to the pretrial operation
Ability to:
• Conduct interviews and investigations in a jail setting
• Deal effectively and professionally with defendants from various backgrounds, in various stressful conditions
• Deal professionally with a highly volatile, potentially violent population
• Efficiently operate a computer, utilize Microsoft Office Suite & various other software programs & data base
• Follow written and oral instructions and procedures
• Effectively interpret general policy, criteria and procedures for specific situations
• Identify symptoms of substance abuse and emotional problems
• Conduct drug testing
• Interact confidentially with judges and other criminal justice personnel
• Exhibit sound judgment
• Must be able to maintain jail security clearance
• Must be willing to work rotating shifts, holidays, and weekends
• Must be willing to cover other shifts when required
• Travel to the courthouse when needed
Supplemental Information:
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in a social/behavior field, preferably in criminal justice. Two to three years of investigation or research experience preferred. Knowledge of Charlotte County Court System and area substance abuse and mental health providers.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
It is required to:
• Have and maintain a valid Class "E" Florida Driver's License, with an acceptable driving record, within 30 days of hire
• Obtain and maintain NCIC/FCIC computer operator certification within 30 days of hire
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

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