Investigator (Civil Rights Division)

Employer: Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office

Location: Richmond, Texas

The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office is seeking an Investigator to conduct investigations and provide expertise specifically related to civil rights complaints involving law enforcement.  The position will actively investigate these complaints and assist prosecutors in preparation of cases for trial by evaluation and analysis of force science.

The Civil Rights Division handles the investigations of peace officer involved shootings as well as investigations of peace officers who are alleged to have committed excessive use of force and other criminal offenses.  Relevant charges may be filed in county and district courts.  The Civil Rights investigator will appear at the scenes of officer-involved shootings and will interact with the Texas Rangers and other law enforcement agencies. The investigator may be required to testify or assist in the presentation of all officer-involved shootings to the grand jury, or other cases involving allegations of misconduct where the evidence meets the threshold of probable cause. 

Internal Affairs and/or Use of Force investigative experience strongly preferred.  Force Science certification, or similar training/certification strongly preferred.  Excellent report writing skills with the ability to articulate analytical conclusions involving human biomechanics and performance under stressful conditions.

Must be available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to scenes as needed. 

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducts timely investigations in preparation for the establishment of trial ready cases.  Assists prosecutors in preparation of cases for trial by evaluation and analysis of investigative work by law enforcement agencies.
  • Locates and interviews witnesses, victims, and other persons involved in criminal investigations; Collects and records evidence; Seizes contraband and arrests violators when necessary. 
  • Reviews criminal cases as assigned in determining course of action to be followed.
  • Photographs crime scenes and crime victims.
  • Provides security, including transportation, for the office.
  • Conducts grand jury investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence/data.  Testifies in court when necessary and is responsible for the transfer of evidence introduced in trial.
  • Assists in preparation and presentation of both grand jury presentation and courtroom trial material.  Copies existing audio and visual recordings and prepares other court exhibits using multimedia resources.
  • Serves and assists with subpoenas, citations, arrest and search warrants. 
  • Assists the Chief Investigator and outside law enforcement agencies with criminal case information. 
  • Attends community meetings to receive public input on relevant concerns and can provide use of force education to grand jurors, law enforcement, and community organizations. 

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma/GED (60 semester hours from an accredited college/university or two years active duty military experience preferred).  Intermediate TCOLE Certification (advanced certification preferred)Five years law enforcement experience, with at least two years of investigative experience.  Good computer and typing skills; working knowledge of spreadsheet, word processing and database software.  Good verbal and written communication and organizational skills.  Good interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with the public, other employees, and elected officials.  Ability to complete projects in a timely manner.  Knowledge of TLETS/NLETS, TCIC/NCIC and JIMS/HPD computer databases.  Firearms Certification. 

Fort Bend County is one the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States.  Located thirty-five minutes from downtown Houston, our county offers big city services with hometown hospitality.  Pay starts at $2,184.80 biweekly with a great benefits package.  Offers subject to an application/interview process, background check, and drug test.  Not all applicants will be interviewed.

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to Chief Investigator Edward Gordon at [email protected].