|Job Code #:
$4,544.00 – $5,572.00 A
$5,178.00 – $6,657.00 B
$5,675.00 – $7,316.00 C
|# of Positions:
||Permanent, Full Time
||Berkeley Regional Office
Job Description and Duties
Under the general supervision of the Supervising Criminal Investigator I, the Investigator in the Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) is a sworn peace officer and is primarily responsible for the investigative duties involved in enforcement of California’s Hazardous Waste Law. The Range A Investigator handles the less difficult cases under close supervision of the Supervising Criminal Investigator I; the Range B Investigator handles cases of average complexity under supervision, and the Range C Investigator handles the most complex cases under supervision, independently or as a team leader. Additionally, the Investigator may be assigned to conduct internal investigations of Department employees and background checks of potential job applicants. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Drives to and investigates violations of the California Hazardous Waste Control Law by responding to complaints, tips and other information submitted to OCI that alleges illegal hazardous waste activities in the state. May receive referrals of potential criminal cases from Environmental Scientists that would be more appropriately handled by an Investigator. Use databases such as Accurint, Envirostor, local property records, CLETS (California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System), California Secretary of State filings, California Department of Motor Vehicles records and U.S. EPA’s ECHO (Enforcement and Compliance History Online) as well as Google Earth mapping, to research site(s) of violation, responsible entities/parties, background data and compliance and enforcement history of suspects, suspect sites and suspect entities. With guidance from supervisor, plan and determine best investigatory methods to be used to gather, analyze and present evidence for a solid legal case that can prove the violation(s) occurred and/or is/are occurring. Investigatory plans and methods include may be required to obtain hazardous waste samples in the event an Environmental Scientist is not available, or is otherwise necessary, for physical evidence from the site and documenting evidence was collected, transported to a DTSC laboratory for testing and handled according to proper laboratory and chain of custody standards; obtaining photos/video of past and/or ongoing illegal activity; searching paper files and computer records of suspects and/or suspect company for proof of illegal activity, and locating and interviewing/interrogating witnesses and suspects for the purpose of getting information, background and verbal admissions. To pinpoint locations of evidence and plan for collection of evidence, incumbent may conduct undercover and surveillance that may require travel throughout the state. Draft and execute search warrants and inspection warrants for violations of California’s Hazardous Waste Law; serve subpoenas, and make arrests during investigations. Plan, organize and conduct effective operational case briefings for DTSC staff and personnel from other agencies in order to coordinate support for investigatory activities, including, but not limited to surveillance, inspections, and search warrants. Additionally, as assigned, conduct background and internal investigations as required by the Department director or his/her designee.
Operational and Enforcement Activities
Write statements of probable cause and present facts to appropriate judicial officials for the purpose of obtaining search and arrest warrants. Accurately transcribe and document witness and suspect verbal statements (including date, time, place and contact information) to include in case support files. Capture and preserve usable photographic/video/other evidence, and organize and assemble photo logs of surveyed sites and activities, plus obtained photos/video from third parties, to include in case support files. Draft concise official investigatory reports that can be submitted for legal prosecution. Reports can include timeline(s) of illegal activities that were tracked and monitored, map(s) of where activities occurred, descriptions, pictures and graphic representations of company/suspect processes and procedures that created violations and quantified amounts of hazardous waste generated. Reports also incorporate scientific sampling results and the written interpretation of those sampling results. In addition, reports cite sections of California Hazardous Waste Law that were violated. May also be required to testify in court and at administrative hearings about the case findings, the investigation and results in order to further successful resolution of the case. May be involved in producing penalty matrices that identify the violation and calculate the proposed penalties in a settlement case.
PLEASE SEE ATTACHED DUTY STATEMENT FOR ADDITIONAL DUTIES.