Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)
Justice-Criminal Justice - Salem, OR

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The Oregon Department of Justice is recruiting for a Special Agent to work in the Criminal Justice Division in Salem. The particular position that is currently open will be directly assigned to the Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit (CDIU). The CDIU is a task force operated by the US Social Security Administrations Office of the Inspector General that conducts investigations, surveillance, and undercover operations regarding suspected disabilities fraud.

This is a sworn police officer position. Special Agents may be assigned to work in the Organized Crime Section, District Attorney Assistance Section, Cooperative Disability Investigation Unit, the Tobacco Compliance Task Force, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Rural Law Enforcement Counter Drug Unit, or Mortgage Fraud Unit.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates and may be used to fill vacancies as they occur.
Applicants will be subject to a computerized criminal history check and thorough background investigation. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.

The candidate hired for this position will become a member of the Public Employees Retirement System under the designation of police officer.

Preference will be given to candidates with a wide range of criminal investigation background experience in planning and conducting investigations into a variety of diverse legal areas including, but not limited to: organized crime, narcotics trafficking, economic crime, Social Security disability fraud, misuse of public office, homicide, assault, sex crimes, child abuse, money laundering, computer crimes and other crimes. Other areas of preference are: the ability to prepare affidavits for search warrants; collect intelligence; conduct information sharing meetings; collect statistical information, grant reporting, public education and presentations; and, experience in conducting background investigations.

The Governor has ordered mandatory furloughs to be taken by all employees during the 2011-2013 biennium due to the economic downturn and subsequent state budget short-fall. The total number of unpaid furlough days to be taken during the biennium is determined by the employee's monthly salary and date of hire. Because of this, the advertised salary does not reflect the impact of furlough days required of this position. However, the impact of one furlough day on one's monthly salary should not exceed 5%.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The employees in these positions are responsible for the planning and conducting of investigations into a variety of diverse legal areas including, but not limited to, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, economic crime, Social Security disability fraud and misuse of public office, homicide, felony assault, sex crimes, child abuse, computer crimes, and other crimes against persons.

Major duties:
Conduct joint investigations with federal, state and local agencies;

Coordinate examination of witnesses and suspects with specialized professional expertise;

Obtain evidence and conduct fact-finding according to the rules of evidence through such methods as interviews, observation, interrogation and collection of physical evidence to establish facts that prove or disprove allegations;

Work closely with prosecutors, public officials, and other law enforcement officers in determining steps necessary in the preparation and presentation of cases;

Prepare documents requesting search warrants;

Issue and serve subpoenas;

Collect criminal intelligence and share that information by conducting meetings at various locations around the state;

Prepare and present findings in clear, concise and properly documented formal reports, establishing proof of facts and evidence sufficient to be used in court or before a grand jury;

Prepare and conduct public education presentations on computer crimes, child pornography and protecting children online; and

Prepare grant reports and statistical information.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:
Your application form will be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications stated in this section. To receive credit, your application form must show that you have:

four years of recent (within the last ten years) full-time criminal investigative experience.

College-level coursework in a related field or criminal investigation training in criminal law may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the required experience.

Candidates must possess an advanced police certification from the State Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Employees must maintain an appropriate driver's license to drive a vehicle in normal and emergency situations. Criminal Investigators must maintain a qualifying score with duty firearm(s).

Preference will be given to candidates whose criminal investigation experience includes computer crimes, computer forensics examinations, child abuse, child sexual assault, and search and seizure.

NOTE: Patrol experience is not considered as qualified criminal investigative experience.

Must be able to work under the following conditions with or without reasonable accommodations:

Meet physician-attested physical standards (DPSST Form F-2 available at

Qualification in quarterly proficiency test with firearms.

Have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Be able to operate an emergency vehicle in all weather conditions.

Additional Information:
Follow the " Apply " link above and complete the Oregon Employment Application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted on this announcement.

This announcement has supplemental information required for submission. Please see the SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS section of this announcement.

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may call Recruitment Services at (503) 378-5555 or TTY (800) 735-2900 for the hearing impaired. Please be prepared to leave a message describing the alternate format needed.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Responses to the supplemental questions will determine if you meet the minimum qualifications, any special qualifications and/or desired attributes for the position. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements for this position will be invited to interview. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for education coursework at the time of application.

CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS: The role of the Oregon Department of Justice is to provide justice and uphold the rule of law. Employees of the Department are required to meet the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics while on the job, and also to maintain those same high standards when taking actions in their personal lives that could reflect on the Department.


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