• Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 28, 2018
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $86,022.72 - $119,107.44 Annually

Job Description


Open Competitive JobOpportunity



The filing period will begin on Monday,December 31, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (PST), and will remain open until the needs of the department are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

Due to the Manpower Shortage Recruitment (MSR) Bonus, new appointments and current incumbents shall be compensated atan additional two percentof the applicable salary range. This bonus is subject to annual review by the Chief Executive Office and may be discontinued when shortages no longer exist. The salary ranges listed below include the MSR and POST Bonuses.
  • $7,649.37 - $10,591.35Basic POST
  • $7,882.03- $10,913.50 Intermediate POST
  • $8,121.78 - $11,245.45 Advanced POST


  • Cafeteria Benefit Plan
  • Contributory Defined Benefit Retirement Plan
  • Matched DeferredCompensation & Thrift Plans
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Generous Vacation and Sick Leave Benefits
  • Flexible Work Schedules

Positions allocable to this class work in the District Attorney's Bureau of Investigation under the technical and administrative direction of a Sergeant, DA. Incumbents conduct investigations of a complexnature to support the prosecution of cases. These positions are distinguished from the lower-level Investigator, D.A. classification by assignment to difficult, sensitive, and complex criminal investigations when only basic investigative guidelines exist.

Essential Job Functions
  • Conducts complex and original jurisdiction investigations by gathering and reviewing relevant information about the casein order to support a criminal filing and/or prosecution.
  • Conducts follow-up investigations of crimes by interviewing victims, witnesses, andsuspects; photographing crime scenes; taking measurements; andusing various law enforcement-related equipment; etc., in order to collect credible, relevant, and admissible findings to support a criminal filing and/or prosecution.
  • Conducts extensive interviews with victims, witnesses, suspects (interrogations), complainants, etc., by applying appropriate interviewing techniques in order to collect credible, relevant, and admissible information and evidence (e.g., written and audio/video statements) concerning the case.
  • Locates victims, witnesses, and suspects by using a variety of investigative methodsin order to support criminal prosecutions and appropriately enforce orders of the court.
  • Performs law enforcement activities by operating as an agent of the District Attorney or working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies (e.g., federal, state, andlocal) in order to support criminal prosecutions and appropriately enforce orders of the court.
  • Prepares a variety of documents (e.g., investigative reports, search warrants, memorandums, and daily work logs) by operating a computer terminal and software programs, using appropriate standard forms, etc. in order to properly document and record events in accordance with departmental policy and procedures, and the law.
  • Assists prosecuting attorney by gathering and reviewing relevant evidence, conducting interviews, locating victims and witnesses (explaining procedures, transporting to the courthouse, etc.), collaborating with prosecutors during investigations/trials, etc. in order to support criminal prosecutions.
  • Testifies in court and/or before the grand jury as a lead investigator and/or expert witness by answering attorneys' and judge's questions in order to present evidence related to the case.
  • Interacts with representatives from a variety of public and private agencies (e.g., federal, state, and local) and relevant parties to the caseby contacting and communicating with relevant parties, gathering evidence and information, responding to inquiries, etc. in order to carry out investigative activities.
  • Performs general office duties by completing such activities as answering telephones, maintaining a variety of case-related documents, photocopying, etc. in order to support the carrying out of investigative activities.
  • Maintains and updates knowledge and skills related to the investigator discipline by attending training classes and law enforcement-related conferences/associations, maintaining firearm qualification, reading investigative-related material, etc. in order to comply with current California Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements, and departmental policy and procedures, to maintain proficiencies in performing investigative duties.
  • Functions as a lead investigator by providing guidance and technical expertise to staff in order to support the carrying out of investigative activities.
  • Coordinates field operations (undercover operations, surveillance, search warrant service, etc.) by gathering information, leading and organizing personnel and resources, creating a field operation plan, etc. in order to obtain evidence in furtherance of a criminal investigation.
  • Participates in federal, state, and local task forces by collaborating with other agencies andsharing resources and expertise, etc. in order support the mission/objectives of the task force.

1. One year of full-time, permanent criminal investigation experience at the level of Los Angeles County's class of Investigator, D.A.*,or as an investigator with the Federal Government as defined in the Federal Job Series 1811.


2. Possession of a valid California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Certificate or higher.


3. An Associate's degree or higher from an accredited** college or university.

A valid California Class C Driver License is required at the time of appointment in order to perform job-related essential functions.

Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.

*Experience at the level of Investigator, D.A. is defined as performance of investigations for such purposes as locating and identifying witnesses or suspects, serving process, and participating in such assignments as witness protection, stake-outs, and arrests of suspects in criminal cases. Duties performed at this level typically include: investigating and preparing criminal cases for trial; interviewing suspects, victims, and witnesses; collecting, evaluating, and analyzing evidence; preparing and executing search and arrest warrants; filing criminal cases; serving subpoenas; conducting surveillance; testifying in court; and preparing written and verbal reports containing facts and findings of investigation.
Investigator, D.A. requires two years of full time, permanent law enforcement experience within the last four (4) years as apeace officer as defined in Section 830.1 of the Penal Code of California.

**Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.

In order to receive credit for any type of college degree and show that you meet the selection requirements of the position, YOU MUST:
  • Attach a photocopy of your college diploma or official college transcripts with school seal or Registrar's signature indicating that you have earned an Associate's degree or higherfrom an accredited** college or university to your application.
  • Attach a photocopy of your valid POST certificate to your application.
  • Provide a copy of your current California Driver License Number showing the expiration date.
  • Be willing and able to work in ANY area of Los Angeles County and on ANY shift (e.g., evenings, nights, and weekends).
All documents must be attached to your application at the time of filing or be submitted within 15 calendar days of the application filing date.

Applicants must be in good general physical condition, free from any medical conditions that would interfere with the satisfactory performance of the position of Investigator, DA.

At least 21 years of age at time of appointment.

1) Acuity - At least 20/70 in each eye without correction, correctable to 20/30 in each eye. Successful soft contact lens wearers are not required to meet the uncorrected standard as long as their corrected vision is 20/30 in each eye. 2) Color perception - Anything other than minor hue impairment is disqualifying.

There may be no greater than a 25 dB loss in the better ear as averaged over the test frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz. There may not be a peak loss at any of the test frequencies greater than:
  • 30 dB at 500 Hz
  • 30 dB at 1000 Hz
  • 40 dB at 2000 Hz
  • 40 dB at 3000 Hz
There may be no greater than a 35 dB loss in the worse ear as averaged over the test frequencies, and no peak loss greater than 45 dB at any of the test frequencies. In the case of a questionable, unusual, or borderline hearing loss, the applicant's record will be reviewed by the Occupational Health Service consultant in otolaryngology who will make a recommendation as to the applicant's employability, and forward it to the medical Director for final disposition.

There are no minimum or maximum height requirements, the height-weight relationship of each applicant must either (1) fall within the ranges in the Height-Weight Relationship Table locatedbelow of this bulletin, or (2) if the applicant's height is not included in the table, be found to be acceptable after individual evaluation. Height measurements are made without shoes, and weight measurements without shoes and coats. Applicants whose height falls between any of the measurements shown on the table must meet the weight requirements of the lower height. Individual who do not meet the standard shall have their body fat measured. Female candidates whose body fat is 33% or less may be qualified. Male candidates whose body fat is 22% or less may be qualified.

Additional Information
This examination will consist of a qualifying written exam and an interview weighted 100%.

Part I. Thequalifying written examwill evaluate the candidate's knowledgerelated tolaw enforcement (e.g., search and seizure, laws of arrest, and crimes), written expression, data analysis and interpretation, and reading comprehension.

Candidates must achieve a qualifying score of 70% or higher on the writtenexam as established by the department to be eligible to participate in the interview.

The written test is NOT reviewable by candidates per Civil Service Rule 7.19.

Part II. The interview will evaluate candidates' technical job knowledge, initiative, attention to detail, interpersonal and communication skills, problem-solving ability, adaptability, dependability, and situational awareness.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the interview in order to be placed on the eligible register.


The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligibleregister in the order of their score group for a period ofninemonths following the date of promulgation.

No person may compete in this examination more than onceeverynine months.


The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

Before a final appointment is made to this position, you will be required to complete and pass a thorough background investigation including a Live Scan.

Examples of disqualifying factors are:
  • Any criminal charges or convictions
  • Job related misdemeanor convictions
  • Certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations such as three (3) moving violations in one (1)year; failure to appear; at-fault accidents; applicant placed on a three (3) year probation
  • Poor credit history
  • Poor employment history
  • Substance abuse
  • Driving under the influence
The resulting eligibleregister for this examination will be used to fillvacancies in the Office of the District Attorney.

Applications must be filed online only. Applications will not be accepted by mail, fax, or in-person. Applicants must upload any required documents as attachments during application submission. Additional documents, if any, must be received within 15 calendar days from the filing date.

To apply online for this examination, click on the green"Apply" button located on the top right corner of the screen. You can also track the status of your application using this website.
Information presented on employment applications, resumes, and during the examination process is subject to verification. We may reject your application at any time during the examination and hiring process, including after appointment has been made. Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Fill out your application completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirements. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, and detailed description of work performed.


Note: If you are unable to attach documents (if any), you may submit them via email to or fax to (213) 633-0904, within 15 calendar days from the application filing date.In the subject line, you mustinclude your name, the exam title, and the exam number.


COMPUTERAND INTERNET ACCESSAT PUBLIC LIBRARIES: For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

NO SHARINGOF USER IDAND PASSWORD: All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's User ID and Password may erase a candidate's original application record.

Department Contact: Ray Duque
Department Contact Phone: (213) 257-2700
Departmental Contact Email: exams
California Relay Service Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone: (213) 257-3020
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077

Closing Date/Time: Continuous