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Internal Affairs Special Investigator

I26

Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities related to conducting specialized investigations of criminal activities within state correctional facilities, administrative investigations concerning violations of policy by staff, background investigations on new employees, investigations related to escapes and investigations of facilities to insure compliance with operational procedures concerning inmate security.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Conducts criminal investigations of crimes occurring within a correctional facility, including murder, rape, illegal use of drugs, robbery, theft, arson and fraud; investigates accidents resulting in death or serious injury.
  • Completes investigations into circumstances related to escapes; searches inmates’ cells for clues; gathers evidence such as address books and personal correspondence; establishes means of escape and direction of travel; coordinates search efforts with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Interviews witnesses, suspects, victims and others; secures crime scenes to insure preservation of evidence or clues; marks and tags evidence to maintain chain of custody; prepares appropriate investigative reports; appears and testifies in court.
  • Conducts quarterly inspections of facilities to monitor security procedures; completes background investigations on new employees; investigates alleged violations of policies and procedures.
  • Researches information concerning death row inmates; prepares reports of findings for review by the Governor.
  • Monitors inmate mail and telephone calls; maintains custody of contraband seized during security searches; maintains equipment and supplies for urinalysis testing.

Level Descriptors

This job family consists of three levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of assigned duties, the expertise required to complete job assignments and the responsibility assigned for the supervision of others.

Level I Code: I26A Salary Band: I

This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing a full range of investigations of various crimes and administrative investigations concerning violations of policy by staff in an assigned institution, facility or area.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of investigative methods and techniques; of laws concerning the collection and admission of evidence; of interviewing techniques and of procedures for conducting interrogations and searches.  Ability is required to conduct interviews and searches; to analyze information and material to determine evidentiary value; to organize and present facts and opinions clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree, including at least twenty-four semester hours in any combination of penology, psychology, sociology, social work, criminology, education, police science or criminal justice administration and one year of professional experience conducting criminal investigations for a city, county, state or federal government law enforcement entity or social casework which involved field supervision of offenders for a government agency; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one additional year of qualifying experience for each year of the required education.

Level II Code: I26B Salary Band: J

This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for a full range of investigations and inspections related to solving crimes committed in a correctional facility, the apprehension of escapees, violations of agency policies and background investigations on new employees.  Responsibilities may include providing training and assistance to new investigators in the completion of various requirements.  Employees at this level perform work on high profile cases of wide scope and that are complex in nature.  Polygraph examinations are also conducted by employees assigned to this level within the Department of Corrections.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of policies and procedures concerning inmate security in a correctional facility and ability to conduct several investigations simultaneously.

Education and Experiencerequirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus two additional years of qualifying experience.

Note:  No substitution will be allowed for the required three years of qualifying experience.

Level III Code: I26C Salary Band: K

This is the specialist level where employees serve as a subject matter expert in a specific area of investigations such as crime scene investigations, polygraph, cellular telephone forensics or computer forensics; responsible for more complex and difficult investigations and assignments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of a specific area of investigation practice; the ability to provide consultation, training, mentoring and oversight for other staff in the area of complex investigation practices.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of qualifying experience.

Note:  No substitution will be allowed for the required five years of qualifying experience.

Special Requirements

Applicants must possess a valid Oklahoma driver's license at time of appointment in order to perform necessary travel; have and maintain physical and mental stamina adequate to perform the work; be willing to be on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; be willing to travel frequently and be away from home for extended periods of time; be willing to transfer where needed and to accept assignment anywhere in the state; pass a rigid character and background investigation; and be willing to accept the physical discomforts and/or dangers inherent in the work.

Applicants will be subject to drug testing.

Internal Affairs Special Investigators shall meet the training and screening requirements conducted by the Department and certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training within twelve (12) months of employment. (57 O.S. 510)

No person who has been convicted of a nonviolent felony or crime involving moral turpitude and who has not received a full pardon from the proper authority, or who has been convicted of any other felony offense, is eligible for employment in this job classification. (70 O.S. 3311.E and 21 O.S. 1283.B)

No person who has received a verdict of guilty or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any offense required to register pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act is eligible for employment in this job classification. (57 O.S. 589.C)

No person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, who has not been pardoned for, or had the conviction expunged or set aside; or is subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or the partner’s child or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner or the partner’s child in reasonable fear of bodily injury and includes a finding that the person is a credible threat; or who has been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the armed services is eligible for employment in this job classification. (18 U.S.C. 922)

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