The Investigative Assistant is a civilian member of the Police Department assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit. Under general supervision, the Assistant engages in a variety of investigative and administrative duties to assist the Criminal Investigations Unit in support areas, both in the station and in the field, that do not require physical arrest. The Investigative Assistant is required to follow all Village, State and Federal law and ordinances, in addition to all Village and Police Department rules, regulations, policies and procedures. The sole exception to this rule are those few instances where such a regulation is clearly applicable to only sworn officers, i.e. subject matter pertaining to arrests or weapons. The Assistant will perform other duties as requested or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties outlined above.
Job Duties and Essential Functions:
- Conducts the preliminary investigations of case reports, as assigned by the Investigations Supervisor, for which the commensurate authority of the position is appropriate respective to the nature and solvability factors of the investigation.
- Prepares case reports as well as administrative reports as required.
- Assists in performing evidence collection and processing functions at the scene of a crime
- Performs investigative interviews, computer inquiries and miscellaneous field work.
- Responsible for coordinating vehicle maintenance functions for vehicles assigned to the Investigations unit.
- Assists in the duties of the property control function, including the maintenance and accountability for property coming into the agency's control, and submitting property that requires laboratory examination to the respective facility.
- Maintains working relationships and communication with the States Attorney's office and other law enforcement agencies.
- Assists members of the Investigations Division with processing of subpoena requests and preparing documents as needed, including the preparation of complaints and necessary forms for cases requiring prosecution.
- Cooperates with the States Attorney's Office and gives relevant testimony in court as required.
- Conducts background investigations and fingerprinting of individuals for employment, immigration or adoption purposes, etc. as needed.
- Assists sworn investigators as needed for matters in which the commensurate authority of the position is lawfully permissible.
- Operates all tools and equipment needed to perform job duties while adhering to all safety rules and practices.
- Performs routine office duties such as typing, copying and filing.
- Performs supervision of detainees as assigned.
- Assists with other Police Department projects.
- Other duties as assigned.
The work environment generally includes an office setting. The noise level is usually quiet.
Regularly required to sit, stand and walk, use hands to touch, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, climb ladder or step stool and crouch. May lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of information and documents.
- Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, people from outside agencies and the general public.
- Ability to read, write, speak and understand English at the college graduate level.
- Ability to perform simple mathematical calculations by hand (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).
- Ability to work effectively under tight time constraints in stressful situations.
- Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form.
- Ability to create and maintain clear and concise reports using personal computers, spreadsheets and other software programs.
- Ability to carry out oral and written instructions from supervisors.
- Must be able to communicate verbally and demonstrate good customer relations.
- Ability to learn and utilize police agency record keeping systems.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and in a timely manner.
- Ability to modify established processes and procedures due to changes in Police Department and Village policy is required.
- Ability to learn, understand and adhere to all applicable safety precautions and procedures.
- Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and filing systems.
- Ability to operate general office equipment.
- Ability to assist public in a professional manner.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Requires a minimum of five (5) years police/law enforcement experience, and should have some experience in an investigative unit.
- Must possess, at a minimum, a valid Class 'D' Illinois Driver's License free from incidence that may result in license revocation or suspension.
- Intermediate computer software skills required. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred.
- Preference given to candidates with any of the following experience:
- digital forensics
- analytical/examination software for digital devices & datasets
- digital evidence storage
- crime analysis
- criminal intelligence
- creating analytical reports
- geo-spatial data science
- Becomes familiar with and observes all applicable safety and security policies/procedures.
- Immediately reports all unsafe conditions and acts to supervisor.
- Reports all accidents to supervisor immediately.
- Recommends improvements to safety and security practices.
- Obeys and adheres to all safety rules and work practices.
The deadline to apply is ongoing. The selection process includes an application process, interview process, drug screening and background check. The position is expected to be filled immediately upon conclusion of the interview process and after background checks are completed.
Interested candidates should submit an application, resume and a cover letter to:
Village of Hinsdale
Village Manager's Office
Attn: Human Resources
19 E. Chicago Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521
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The Village is an EOE employer.