Vehicle Identification Number Officer (T...
Washington State Patrol - Tacoma, WA

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Washington State Patrol
Criminal Investigation Division
Tacoma, Washington

About our Agency : The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is a professional public safety agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life as well as prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis. The WSP has approximately 2,200 employees and is organized into five bureaus: Field Operations, Technical Services, Forensic Laboratory Services, Fire Protection, and Investigative Services. More than half of all WSP employees work in a variety of non-commissioned jobs to support the Patrol's mission. Mission Statement : The Washington State Patrol makes a difference every day, enhancing the safety and security of our state by providing the best in public safety services.

The WSP Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Program was established to detect and recover stolen motor vehicles and parts and return them to their rightful owners. The goal of the VIN program, by partnering with CID detectives and other commissioned personnel is to deter auto theft and reduce the trade of stolen vehicles and stolen major component parts in Washington State. The VIN Officer position supports that mission by scheduling and conducting VIN inspections to examine and verify the identity of all non-owner retained rebuilt/salvage vehicles, assembled vehicles, or any vehicles referred by the Department of Licensing (DOL) prior to the issuance of a Washington registration or certificate of ownership. In addition, the VIN Officer assists WSP and allied law enforcement with the identification of suspected stolen vehicles and major component parts.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: VIN inspections of non-owner retained rebuilt vehicles, salvaged vehicles, homemade trailers or campers, and any other vehicle at the request of DOL, county auditor or local subagent. The purpose of these inspections is to identify stolen vehicles with switched or altered VIN’s or vehicles with stolen major component parts installed. Schedule appointments for inspections and respond to customers (some of who may be emotional or angry) via telephone, e-mails and face to face contact. Provide assistance to law enforcement officers with investigative expertise relating to the identification of vehicles and major component parts.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS : High School Diploma or GED. Maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license. Operation of Tools: Familiar with hand and power tools. Ability to crawl under and over vehicles in order to perform inspections. Willingness to work outdoor in all types of weather. Software: Use software such as Microsoft SharePoint, Word, and Excel, CITE and the Internet to maintain data and to communicate information to internal and external stakeholders. Confidentiality: Willing to maintain the highest level of confidentiality at all times. Travel: Willing to travel within the state for training and to provide assistance to internal and external stakeholders. Manage Workload: Organize multiple assignments and complete daily inspections. Written Communication: Convey ideas and information in writing using language that is clear to the reader. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS : One year experience in one of the following: Communications Officer, Commercial Vehicle Officer 1, or a law enforcement officer. Demonstrate the ability to meet productivity standards, deadlines, and work schedules. Be willing/able to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions. Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly. Be organized and capable of following a systematic method of performing a task. Demonstrate an ability to complete tasks or continue in a course of action in spite of opposition or discouragement. Be dependable and trustworthy. Be held accountable for one’s conduct. Be comfortable making decisions independently. Demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Demonstrate the ability to act in a self-confident manner to facilitate completion of a work assignment or to defend a position or idea. Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word. Ability to use interpersonal skills to deescalate emotional situations involving angry customers. Ability to demonstrate personal conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards. Willingness to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.

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