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Investigations Community Service Specialist

Boise Police Department, Boise, Idaho

Salary: $15.34 - $17.90 Hourly

Final Filing Date: January 18, 2017

Responds to calls for service from Boise citizens where a crime has occurred. Writes police reports for criminal and non-criminal incidents. Performs crime scene investigation and evidence collection. Provides assistance to officers. Documents and reports all graffiti and deploys a speed radar trailer. Assists detectives and Crime Lab in investigations and evidence processing. Work is performed independently under general supervision.

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  • Performs crime scene investigative work. Responds to crime scenes, either as the primary Boise Police representative or to assist officers and detectives in documenting cases. Documents and processes crime scenes using photographic and forensic ridge detail techniques (finger prints) in order to obtain all possible physical evidence/samples for analysis. Identifies and evaluates possible evidence and ensures proper collection, labeling, transportation and booking of evidence into the Ada County property room or Boise Police Crime Lab maintaining chain of custody and integrity of evidence. (30%)
  • Responds to a wide variety of requests for service throughout the city from citizens who are crime victims and officers who require assistance at the scene to include crash investigations. Requests for service include non-emergency responses and higher priority responses to assist officers at crime scenes. Responds to scene in person or by phone to meet with victims and conduct fact-finding interviews and/or investigation. Evaluates and assesses personal safety risks in responding alone to citizen's homes to take reports where the conditions and backgrounds of people at the scene are unknown. Collects evidence and processes crime scenes to include emotionally difficult incidents, death scenes and significant injuries. Attends periodic training to maintain and update skills in forensic evidence collection. (25%)
  • Writes clear and concise investigative reports. Conducts fact-finding interviews with victims, witnesses, and suspects in person and via the telephone. Gathers information from a variety of sources including various law enforcement databases, and other agencies. Compiles information for written reports which are critical to legal and court proceedings. Enters reports into a law enforcement report writing program. Writes photo log supplements. Interprets and applies Boise City and Idaho State Criminal Codes. Determines what type of crime, if any, has occurred. Articulates the elements of each crime in written form for charging documents/reports submitted for review, approval and further follow-up, filing, or prosecution. Attends Peace Officer Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) Law Week to establish baseline knowledge of criminal codes. (25%)
  • Documents all graffiti throughout the city. Responds in person to areas where graffiti has occurred either through self-initiated observation or dispatch response. Interviews involved persons. Identifies and contacts victims on private and public property. Documents graffiti photographically, writes reports, and completes graffiti forms. Represents the unit on the Community Outreach Division Graffiti committee. (10%)
  • Retrieves, transports, and books found property such as bicycles. Deploys traffic radar trailer at locations where citizens have reported concerns. Attends court under subpoena and provides court testimony under oath regarding their knowledge or actions in cases. (10%)
  • Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%


Requires education and/or experience to attain the following:
  • Two years experience working with the public, in security or a related field, and a high school diploma or GED.
  • Working knowledge of Boise City and Idaho State Criminal Codes; law enforcement programs, practices and procedures; state and city laws, statutes, and ordinances; current methods and techniques of crime reporting; MS Office software; and camera usage.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws and ordinances; analyze complex situations and issues relating to crime reporting and investigating; use logical reasoning to analyze, evaluate and make sound decisions or recommendations; determine priorities and manage multiple projects under stress; collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; communicate effective both verbally and in writing; use correct spelling and grammar; use good customer service and de-escalation techniques; learn a multitude of electronic computer programs; safely operate a motor vehicle; use independent judgment and discretion; display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the general public and other organizations; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; maintain prompt and regular attendance; perform all essential and ma
  • rginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record.
Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field and three years experience in a law enforcement environment.
  • OC (Pepper Spray) certification preferred.
Licensing And Other Requirements
  • Valid Idaho driver's license.
  • National Crime Information Center (NCIC) certification within six months of employment.
Special Requirements
  • All applicants must be able to successfully pass City of Boise background check processes which include reference checks and criminal history checks.
  • Applicants must be able to pass, or have: Driving Record Check
  • Drug Free Workplace: In accordance with the City of Boise Drug Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety sensitive and is subject to testing requirements including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post - Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to hire. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test.
  • This position is required to exercise custodial responsibility for illegal drugs or precursors.
Additional special requirements, required tests and/or background checks are as follows:
  • Required to receive biohazard safety training and submit to a fit test for the biohazard masks.
  • This position has responsibilities that require the person to work with minors or individuals with disabilities. (Drug Free Workplace)
Working Conditions - The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Physical Efforts
    • While performing the duties of this job the employee is always lifting/carrying up to 10 lbs, occasionally lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs. Also the employee is always pushing/pulling up to 10 lbs, occasionally pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs. The noise level is rarely loud. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear, smell, touch and feel. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.
  • Working Environment
    • The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, extreme temperatures, in wet and humid conditions, with areas of dust, odors, mist, gases or other airborne matter. Employees work in/at heights and are exposed to mechanical, electrical hazards. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. Work includes protected exposure to infectious bacteria, bodily fluids, and chemicals. Additional environmental conditions include: Wears uniforms and ballistic vests; drives semi-marked police trucks equipped with amber light bars and emergency flashers to scenes in all types of weather conditions and all hours of the day/night. Frequently exposed to graphic scenes involving unattended deaths, suicide victims, and other deceased individuals; blood/bodily fluids and biohazard scenes as well as exposure to hazardous chemicals requiring use of Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • This position works: shifts and may be assigned to day, swing, night or work weekends.

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Posted: January 5, 2017

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