Investigator – Grant Funded

FORT BEND COUNTY

DEPARTMENT: DISTRICT ATTORNEY

JOB TITLE: INVESTIGATOR (Grant Funded)

JOB SUMMARY:

Conducts timely investigations in preparation for the establishment of trial ready cases, specifically Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.).  Assists prosecutors in preparation of cases for trial by evaluation and analysis of investigative work by law enforcement agencies.  Participates as a working member of the Houston Metro I.C.A.C. Task Force.  Staffs digital forensics lab if certified.  Participates in planning of programs, policies or objectives for own work group, department, other work groups and departments.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conducts follow-up investigations of incidents where online sexual exploitation/internet crimes against children offenses are believed to have been committed against juveniles by both juvenile and adult suspects.  Collects, photographs and tags collected evidence and stores evidence securely as directed by policy.

Receives and reviews cyber-tips received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involving the following offenses: possession/promotion/production/distribution of child pornography, online solicitation of a minor, harmful display of material to a minor, sexting, and any other offenses involving the online sexual exploitation of children.

Determines if elements of the offense exists for prosecution purposes and pertains to online sexual exploitation of children (online solicitation of a minor, possession/promotion of child pornography, display of harmful material to a minor).

Presents case facts to the District Attorney’s Office for the acceptance or declination of charges (for Fort Bend County cases).

Generates search warrants as needed and forward to an Assistant District Attorney for review.  Perform surveillance of the target location prior to the execution of the search warrant.

Locates and interviews witnesses, victims and other persons deemed to be involved in Internet Crimes Against Children criminal investigations.  Seizes contraband and arrests violators when necessary. 

Provides transportation for victims and witnesses during courtroom appearances and proceedings, as needed.  Testifies in court when necessary and is responsible for the transfer of evidence introduced in trial. 

Copies existing audio and visual recordings and prepares other court exhibits using multimedia resources.

Assists in preparation and presentation of courtroom trial material. 

Serves and assists with subpoenas, citations, arrest and search warrants. 

Assists Chief Investigator and outside law enforcement agencies with criminal case information. 

Maintains knowledge of past and current case law. 

Responds to inquiries, resolves, and/or refers to proper person or agency.  

Possesses computer-based knowledge to include, but not limited to; downloading/installing programs, troubleshooting hardware issues, converting/editing video, researching and applying proper codecs and plays for videos.  Employs digital forensics lab if certified as a digital forensics examiner.

At times applicant will also be asked to create detailed power point presentations and learn new technology to teach to the office. 

Participates in activities and duties related to emergency management during a local state of disaster as directed by appropriate county managers. 

This position is grant-funded and requires keeping statistics required for state reporting.

REQUIREMENTS:

High School Diploma/GED; 30 semester hours from an accredited college/university or two years active duty military experience preferred.  Intermediate TCOLE CertificationFive 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; 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.  Firearm Certification.  Certified Digital Forensics Examiner certification preferred.

SALARY RANGE: Law EnforcementGrade 11, $2,184.80 biweekly or more based on experience.

**A supplement, dependent on the type of TCOLE certification held, may result in additional remuneration.

CLOSING DATE:  Upon filling position

All full-time and part-time employees are members of the Texas County District Retirement System (TCDRS).  Full-time employees also enjoy a wide-range of great benefits.

Fort Bend County is an equal opportunity employer, committed to non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, religion or creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy status (including childbirth and related medical conditions), national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, age (40 and over), physical or mental disability, genetic information, protected military and veteran status, political affiliation or beliefs, or any other classification protected by state, federal  and local  laws, unless  such classification is a bona fide occupational qualification.

To be considered for employment, all interested candidates must complete the required Fort Bend County online employment application located at www.fortbendcounty.jobs