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Investigator I - Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Prosecuting Attorney | Caldwell, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Compensation:  $56,320.00 - $68,841.00 annually DOE

Application Period Ends:  1/8/2021 5:00 p.m. MST

Application Must Include:  Cover Letter, Resume, References, and a Redacted Police Report written by the applicant

General Statement of Duties

Performs investigative work for the Prosecuting Attorney’s office; performs related work as required.


Classification Summary

The principal function of an employee in this class is to perform investigative police work for the prosecutor’s office.  Work is performed under the supervision of the Prosecuting Attorney but considerable latitude is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.  The principal duties of this class are performed in both a general office environment and an outdoor environment that may include exposure to adverse weather conditions and to potential personal danger.


Positions within the class:

Investigator I is the entry level in the prosecutor investigator series.  This class is typically used as a training class and employees work under immediate supervision while learning job skills and tasks.

Investigator II is the second level in the prosecutor investigator series.  This class is typically assigned to an employee that has extensive law enforcement and/or investigative experience either with law enforcement or as a prosecutor investigator.


Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist deputy prosecutors in all facets of case preparation, including but not limited to trial preparation, meeting with victims and witnesses, locate and collect evidence, interviewing defense witnesses, and other matters as needed for case readiness;
  • Conducts Personnel investigations as assigned;
  • Investigate civil litigation matters;
  • Civil process including service of subpoenas, orders to show cause, etc.;
  • Locate victims, witnesses and suspects, including interviewing when required;
  • Investigate DSD complaints including interviewing, taking photographs and conducting surveillance;
  • Conduct background investigations for the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office;
  • Investigate criminal and civil conflict cases for other jurisdictions as assigned;
  • Conduct ILETS/NCIC research as needed for deputy prosecutors;
  • Investigate and follow-up on criminal cases as assigned;
  • Office runner, document delivery;
  • Performs policy review, and research;
  • Serve criminal warrants as assigned;
  • Maintain training which is applicable to duty assignment;
  • Provide training to deputy prosecutors and partnering law enforcement agencies;
  • Engage in community outreach projects regarding public safety;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, and safety practices.


Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Prosecuting Attorney functions, procedures, policies, goals;
  • Local, state and federal laws;
  • Methods, objectives, and procedures of law enforcement practices;
  • Methods, objectives, and procedures of court proceedings;
  • Investigative techniques and report writing skills;
  • Canyon County Personnel policy;
  • Sheriffs equipment, including vehicles, speed radar units, communications units, body armor, handcuffs, firearms, batons, and other related equipment;
  • Operation of a personal computer and job-related software;
  • FLSA, FMLA, ADA, and Workers Compensation laws and applicability.


Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Work cooperatively and constructively with local law enforcement agencies;
  • Understand and apply departmental, state, and local law enforcement procedures, policies, rules, and regulations;
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively, to recognize actual and potential dangers, and to determine proper course of action;
  • Cope with stressful situations calmly, fairly, tactfully, and with respect for individual rights;
  • Establish and maintain effective relations with fellow employees and with citizens with varied racial, ethnic, or economic backgrounds;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use and care of firearms;
  • Keep immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Demonstrate integrity, ingenuity, and objectivity in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Learn new investigative techniques depending on specialty assignment areas;
  • Operate a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties;
  • Operate a motor vehicle;
  • Uphold the law Enforcement Code of Ethics at all times;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, with the public and other employees.


Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency, and a bachelor’s degree or equivalent number of college credits; and
  • Investigator I - At least the equivalent of a three (3) years of experience in assigned field; or
  • Investigator II - At least the equivalent of a seven (7) years of experience in assigned field; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.   


Special Qualifications 

  • Investigator I: Idaho basic  POST Certification required
  • Investigator II: Idaho Intermediate or higher certification required
  • Successfully complete a background investigation, through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC);
  • Background may include polygraph examination;
  • Have and maintain firearms qualifications as established by the prosecuting attorney;
  • Valid Idaho Driver’s License.


Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions, communicate effectively,  interview people, and perform telephone and radio communication;
  • Sufficient vision or other powers of observation, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions, perform surveillance, sight and shoot a firearm, gather evidence at crime scenes, and coordinate and conduct detailed investigations;   
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to use a firearm safely and effectively, write reports, utilize equipment required for the performance of duties, and operate a vehicle.
  • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, stamina, strength, and physical reflexes, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to perform all duties required in an investigative environment.


EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.