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Investigator

Work Location: 110 Williams St., Newark, NJ

Full Time Contract Position: 35 hours per week

Compensation: $41,061.00 - $ 61,847.00 (Annual) based on relevant experience

Organization: The Civilian Complaint Review Board (“CCRB”) of the City of Newark, NJ is charged with investigating, and mediating complaints against Newark police officers involving the use of force, abuse of authority, discourtesy or offensive language. The board's investigative staff, composed entirely of civilian employees, conducts the agency's investigations.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Receive, Investigate and manage a caseload of complaints made by members of the Public against Newark Police officers that allege misconduct involving inappropriate actions including but not limited to excessive use of force, abuse of authority, unlawful arrest, unlawful stop, unlawful searches and discourtesy or use of offensive language
  • Assess whether complaints are within CCRB jurisdiction
  • Contact and Schedule complaints for informational interviews to discuss incidents in detail
  • Analyze and interpret rules, regulations and policies as outlined in NPD General Orders
  • Interview witnesses from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds
  • Schedule and Interview NPD
  • Research and secure confidential and sensitive documentary evidence for cases including but not limited to medical and police reports
  • Compose and summarize details of complainant, subject and witness interviews

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum Four (4) years’ experience conducting civil, criminal or fact investigations that involved gathering, analyzing and evaluating evidence, conducting interviews with friendly and adverse witnesses and documenting information in written form.

Applicable experience would include:

  • criminal investigations conducted for a law enforcement or a prosecuting agency; criminal defense investigations in the public or private sector
  • investigating allegations of misconduct or ethical violations (especially involving public officials or police officers)
  • investigations conducted in connection with litigation or hearings conducted by a government agency
  • personnel investigations; civil rights investigations and investigations of human rights abuses
  • investigations and audits of fraud or abuse.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITY

Investigators must possess sophisticated analytical and written communication skills, and must become proficient in a wide variety of subject areas, from case law on search and seizure, to cultural awareness to the latest research on perception and recollection.

  • Knowledge of investigative techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to conduct detailed factual interviews with aggrieved individuals filing complaints, with friendly, neutral and adverse witnesses, with police officers and supervisors, and with experts such as medical practitioners, law enforcement trainers, crime lab personnel, etc.
  • Ability to write clear, concise, well-organized and thorough investigative reports.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and courteously with individuals from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, to develop sensitivity to a variety of communication styles, to elicit information from reluctant individuals and to provide information in a clear and articulate manner.
  • Ability to plan investigations and to prioritize multiple tasks and meet required deadlines, and to conduct investigations of a highly confidential and sensitive nature.
  • Ability to organize and present information using matrices, timelines and relational database software.
  • Ability to analyze and apply relevant laws, regulations and orders to the facts of the case being investigated.
  • Ability to use initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness and sound judgment in collecting and developing facts and other pertinent data.
  • Knowledge of evidence handling and preservation procedures, of skip tracing techniques to locate witnesses and of legal and criminal justice procedures.
  • Ability to conduct investigations in an objective and independent manner and to adhere to high standards of ethical conduct and to evaluate evidence and make findings without bias or concern for personal interest.
  • Must have a valid New Jersey Drivers License

Education

  • A bachelor’s or an equivalent degree, or a combination of education and relevant experience