Law Enforcement Special Agent (OSBI)
Positions in this job family are responsible for performing, supervising and directing a broad range of highly technical, complex and professional level law enforcement and investigative activity. This includes investigating major crimes, documenting and collecting evidence, maintaining security of crime scenes, analyzing crime scenes, conducting background investigations, and other related duties.
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
- Investigates violations of criminal law including major crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, larceny, fraud, forgery, embezzlement, auto theft, oil field theft, computer crimes, threats against public officials, and any other assigned criminal investigation; conducts background investigations of applicants and gubernatorial or judicial appointees; documents all investigative activities.
- Preserves and protects crime scenes; gathers and analyzes information; interviews witnesses; interrogates suspects; makes arrests, collects materials, substances, and other physical evidence, including blood stains, hair, fiber, fingerprints; records and photographs scenes; analyzes electronic information; arranges for scientific testing and analysis as needed.
- Plans, directs and executes complex covert investigations, raids and surveillance operations; installs, operates and monitors highly complex electronic and aerial surveillance equipment; operates computers and computer software to extract, secure and analyze electronic data.
- Prepares detailed investigative prosecutorial reports; consults with prosecutors in filing charges; prepares, obtains and executes court orders for use in criminal investigations, including subpoenas, search warrants, arrest warrants, affidavits, and prepares court orders; testifies in criminal proceedings as a witness and as an expert witness in complex investigations; assists grand juries by serving subpoenas and assembling witnesses.
- Researches and develops continuing in-service training; studies professional literature related to new investigative techniques and procedures; studies legal materials related to court decisions and state and federal laws; may participate as an instructor in providing law enforcement training for the Council for Law Enforcement Education and Training or for other law enforcement officers or agencies.
- Researches and develops technical investigative programs to aid in conducting investigations or other work; researches and identifies criminal conspiracies by gathering and analyzing information maintained within various computer data systems and networks.
- Commands, directs and/or participates in multi-jurisdictional and/or multi-agency task force operations through coordination, research, staffing, planning, execution, and evaluation of complex law enforcement operations.
- Coordinates compliance and needs assessment, recommends modification or development of policies or procedures for the delivery of effective services to other law enforcement, governmental entities and the public.
- Oversees the overall operational effectiveness of assigned area of responsibility, monitors and evaluates ongoing assignments and programs, develops statewide strategic operational plans through the analysis and evaluation of current law enforcement operations and advanced criminal investigative tactics and trends.
This job family consists of six levels that are distinguished by the complexity of job assignments, expertise required to complete assigned duties, level of experience and degree of responsibility and accountability for providing leadership and direction to others.
Level I: Code: G22A Salary Band: K
This is the basic level where employees are assigned responsibilities involving entry-level investigative work to build skills in conducting various types of investigations, interviewing witnesses, collecting and analyzing evidence and other related duties. In this role, they will primarily assist higher-level agents in completing work activities related to the investigation of various crimes or other incidents.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of modern criminal investigative techniques; Oklahoma criminal law pertaining to crime, search and seizure, arrest, and rules of evidence; recent court decisions affecting law enforcement; public relations pertaining to investigative activities; of basic math; basic English, grammar, and sentence structure; accounting and business records; and basic elements of computers and usage of computer software. Ability is required to conduct several investigations simultaneously; to present clear and accurate court testimony; to maintain undercover identity while preserving integrity; to maintain a chain of control over evidence collected; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to organize and present facts and opinions in a concise and objective manner; and to operate computers and computer software.
Education and Experience requirements at this level are those contained in Title 74 O.S. Section 150.8A: “An Agent, at the time of appointment to the Bureau, shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and shall possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university" and two years of law enforcement experience with a governmental law enforcement agency and must be a certified CLEET peace officer or possess a certification by reciprocity agreement from another state.
Level II: Code: G22B Salary Band: L
This is the career level where employees are fully trained in the performance of basic criminal investigative duties and perform a broad range of general criminal and other investigations. This will include independent responsibility for conducting investigations of major crimes and offenses or participating as a member of a team in covert investigations, raids, surveillance or other activities and performing other essential functions associated with the position.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level I plus knowledge of the use of electronic surveillance devices; of the use of deadly force and less-than-lethal force; of firearms safety practices and training methods; of forensic laboratory and agency capabilities; and of crime scene processing and proper evidence handling. Ability is required to gather and analyze evidence; to conduct interviews and interrogations; to install, operate and monitor electronic surveillance and other equipment; and to apply knowledge acquired through training.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one year of professional experience in conducting criminal investigations for a governmental law enforcement agency.
NOTE: Professional experience in conducting criminal investigations for a government law enforcement agency must have been the primary full time job responsibility to be considered as qualifying. Incidental performance of professional criminal investigative work shall not be considered qualifying. Experience as a forensic laboratory criminalist, analyst or examiner shall not be considered qualifying.
Level III: Code: G22C Salary Band: M
This is the specialist level where employees are assigned a high level of responsibility and accountability for independently coordinating and conducting a broad range of complex major cases and highly specialized criminal investigations of a diverse type and nature. Responsibilities may also include serving as a field training officer for trainee-level agents; organizing and coordinating multi-jurisdictional task force investigations; functioning as a resident agent; and providing specialized assistance such as firearms or self-defense instruction, LEDT instruction, digital evidence analysis, aerial surveillance as an aircraft pilot, polygraph examination, electronic surveillance; and temporarily performing limited supervisory duties in a relief capacity during the absence of the supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus the ability to train and coordinate the activities of investigative personnel; and to coordinate statewide or multi-county task force investigations.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of qualifying experience.
Level IV: Code: G22D Salary Band: N
This is the leadership level where employees are assigned responsibilities in the supervision of regional or specialized criminal investigative unit personnel, or supervision of a major program. They may also conduct, or assist in conducting, complex or specialized criminal and other investigations, or provide training and instruction to law enforcement officers. This job involves first-line supervision and direction of assigned special agents, special investigators and/or law enforcement personnel in conducting and completing criminal investigations and other related activities, or supervision of a major program, ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and agency policies. Incumbents are responsible for establishing and maintaining effective professional working relationships with law enforcement and prosecution officials. This includes routinely visiting sheriffs, chiefs, district attorneys, and other law enforcement agencies, and regularly attending law enforcement association meetings and conferences.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of public relations pertaining to investigative activities; of supervisory principles and practices; of OSBI policies and procedures; and of safety and training practices. Ability is required to supervise the activities of investigative, technical and support personnel; and to conduct internal investigations.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus one additional year of qualifying professional experience.
Level V: Code: G22E Salary Band: O
At this level, employees are assigned overall management and operational command responsibility and accountability over one or more regional or specialized investigation units, and overall staff responsibility and accountability for major investigative programs, projects, functions, and activities. They are responsible for the quality assurance of the investigations and services conducted and provided by the personnel assigned to their region and/or unit ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and agency policies through the supervision of lower level supervisors and staff. They are also responsible for establishing and maintaining a close professional working relationship with law enforcement and prosecutorial officials and with various internal agency staff members. They may attend law enforcement association meetings and conferences; and may provide information to legislators, legislative staff, and legislative committees.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level IV plus knowledge of state personnel and budget practices; of public relations; of media relations; of the state legislative process; and of management and leadership principles and practices. Ability is required to develop, implement, manage and evaluate divisional goals, objectives, programs and projects; to analyze, interpret and resolve personnel and management problems; to prepare budgets; and to manage the activities of investigative, technical and support personnel.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level IV plus two additional years of qualifying professional experience in a supervisory capacity.
Level VI: Code: G22F Salary Band: P
At this level, employees are assigned overall administrative and operational command responsibility and accountability for OSBI operations in an assigned district consisting of multiple regions and/or specialized investigation units, and overall staff responsibility and accountability for the direction of major investigative programs, projects, functions, and activities. They are responsible for commanding both OSBI and multi-jurisdictional and/or multi-agency task force operations through coordination, research, staffing, planning, execution, and evaluation of complex law enforcement operations. This level is responsible for maintaining overall agency strategic direction, mission execution, and ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and agency policies through the supervision of lower level managers and supervisors. Responsibility for the effectiveness of all assigned operational units, agency work climate, highly complex technical programs and analysis of current law enforcement operations and advanced criminal investigative tactics and trends and identifying specialized training for the further development of subject matter experts. This level may provide guidance on policy and budget development, make recommendations for or evaluate fiscal and program impact of proposed legislation, or serve as a consultant to other law enforcement entities, committees, or task forces. They are also responsible for establishing and maintaining a close professional working relationship with law enforcement and prosecutorial officials and with various internal agency staff members. They may attend law enforcement association meetings and conferences; and may provide information to legislators, legislative staff, and legislative committees.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level V plus ability is required to provide administrative oversight of the activities of multiple program areas.
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level V plus two additional years of qualifying professional experience in a supervisory capacity.
Applicants must possess the ability and willingness to perform job-related travel; willingness to carry a firearm and use deadly force or less-than-lethal force as required; have and maintain physical and mental stamina to perform the work and willingness to accept the physical discomforts or dangers inherent in the work; ability to successfully complete any necessary training and certification required by the agency; be willing to be on call twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week; be willing to travel frequently and be away from home for extended periods of time; be willing to transfer where and when needed and to accept assignments anywhere in the state; pass a thorough character and background investigation; and successfully pass a polygraph examination, a drug screen, and a psychological evaluation. Subsequent to an offer of employment, may be required by the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System and/or by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to satisfy medical examination and/or physical fitness testing standards or requirements.
The federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 contained an amendment of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968. This amendment addresses misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence. Applicants must be able to satisfy the limitations contained in this federal law.
Some positions at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation must possess a commercial pilot’s license with a commercial/instrument rating, have a total pilot flight time of 500 hours, 50 hours in a model used by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and pass a class 2 flight physical.
Some positions may require possession of education/experience/training as required by current Oklahoma Statutes or approved selective qualifications.
Qualifying criminal investigative experience gained while in the military must have been in the GS-1811 series.