County of Los Angeles Los Angeles County
Chief Executive Office

Class Specification: INVESTIGATOR I, PUBLIC DEFENDER

ITEM NUMBER: 2900

APPROVAL DATE: 06/29/2000

DEFINITION:
Conducts criminal investigations of limited scope and complexity to support the defense of persons represented by the Public Defender.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this class work in the Public Defender's Office under the technical and administrative direction of an Investigator III, Public Defender. After successful completion of the Public Defender Investigator Training Program, incumbents perform the less difficult investigations and assist higher level investigators while developing knowledge of and skill in investigative procedures and policies, court and legal proceedings, interviewing techniques, and obtaining information from various sources, both public and private.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Conducts investigations to support the defense in misdemeanor and the less difficult felony cases and prepares reports of completed investigations.

Assists in large-scale investigations, conducts surveillances, and serves subpoenas.

Examines the scene of the crime, locates and identifies material evidence, and records findings.

Obtains information concerning the whereabouts of witnesses by interviewing employees, public agencies, families, neighbors, and others; follows leads and locates witnesses by means of telephone inquiries and searches of directories, utility records, Department of Motor Vehicles records and records of other organizations and public agencies.

Interviews and obtains information from witnesses and determines whether there is sufficient basis for the witnesses to be subpoenaed for court testimony.

Testifies in court as the investigator of record, and makes subsequent in-trial investigations, as required.

Conducts a variety of investigations including applicant employment verification with department, financial background of clients and persons applying for rehabilitation and pardon certificates.

Establishes and maintains contacts with informants.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
(1) Two years of law enforcement experience as a full-time paid peace officer as defined in Section 830.1, 830.2 or 830.5 of the Penal Code of the State of California -OR- (2) An Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in administration of justice, criminology, or police science and administration -OR- (3) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License is required to perform job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS:
4 - Arduous.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Physical Requirements:
Applicants must be in good general physical condition, free from disease or defects that would interfere with the satisfactory performance of the duties of this position.

Vision:
(1) Acuity - At least 20/70 in each eye without correction, correctable to 20/30 in each eye.

(2) Color perception - Anything other than minor hue impairment is disqualifying.

Hearing:
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.