Under general direction, plans, directs, assigns and supervises the activities and work of an investigative staff in the District Attorney's Office.
Typical Management Responsibilities
Development, recommendation and implementation of policies, procedures and investigative plans for the operation of a varied investigative division within limits established by the District Attorney;
Plans, assigns, and supervises through subordinate supervisors the activities of investigators and support staff engaged in conducting investigations of known or suspected violations of the law, including misconduct in public office;
Reviews and evaluates reports and advises the District Attorney as to a course of action;
Interprets and ensures uniform adherence to departmental policies and procedures relating to the investigative activities of the department, and evaluates the effectiveness of the operation of investigative services;
Makes recommendations as needed and propose changes in departmental policies and procedures;
Represents the District Attorney at meetings, conferences, seminars, and public appearances relating to: criminal justice system activities and other issues related to the Office's mission;
Establishes and maintains inter-agency rapport and cooperation with other agencies;
Evaluates and makes recommendations on the effectiveness of subordinate management and supervision;
Conducts special studies and investigations;
Identifies training needs and directs the instruction and training of subordinates, including ensuring that all sworn staff meet and maintain all POST training requirements;
Directs the compilation and maintenance of records;
Directs and participates in preparation of the division's annual budget;
Ensures that evidence is maintained in accordance with laws, procedures and policies, and ensures that appropriate audits are conducted to confirm proper evidence handling;
The knowledge and abilities would typically be attained through education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, or a related field, and a minimum of five (5) years of experience supervising and administering staff and functions which utilized current trends and scientific methods of criminal investigation.
In addition, possession of a Management POST Certificate, or equivalent certificate, is required at time of appointment.
Principles of effective law enforcement administration, organization, leadership, management and supervision;
Accepted principles and procedures of law enforcement;
Principles and practices used in planning, organizing and directing criminal investigative units and related activities;
Thorough knowledge of court procedures with particular emphasis on the prosecution and defense of law violators;
Thorough knowledge of the practices involved in administrative investigations, including the provisions of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act;
Techniques and methods of criminal investigation;
Techniques of interviewing and interrogation;
Rules of evidence, arrest and search and seizure laws;
Principles of budget preparation;
Principles of report writing practices;
Methods used to train Criminal Investigators.
Review and evaluate comprehensive reports on investigations;
Instruct, advise, lead and evaluate subordinates;
Conduct special studies and prepare comprehensive reports;
Coordinate with, serve as a resource to, and advise attorneys in connection with the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases;
Plan, organize and direct multiple criminal and civil investigation activities;
Establish policies and procedures;
Train and supervise others;
Work effectively with other investigative agencies and individuals;
Write clear and concise reports;
Communicate effectively with individuals and large groups.
About County of Santa Clara
Santa Clara County, sometimes referred to as “Silicon Valley,” is unique because of its combination of geographic attractiveness and social diversity. With its numerous natural amenities and one of the highest standards of living in the country, it has long been considered one of the best areas in the United States to live and work.
The County’s population of 1.92 million is the largest in Northern California, one of the State’s most heterogeneous, rich in ethnic and cultural diversity, and enjoys access to all of the attractions of the San Francisco Bay Area. The elected Board of Supervisors establish policies to address issues that affect the day-to-day operation of County government and is responsible for an annual operating and capital improvement budget of more than $9 billion. It adopts ordinances that affect unincorporated communities and oversees the budget. The County operates under a “charter” form of government, which gives the County substantial responsibility and authority. Under this charter, the Board appoints a County Executive to administer County Government. Santa Clara County is the third largest employer in Silicon Valley with approximately 22,000 employees.