CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Criminal Investigators, Public Service

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Criminal Investigators, Public Service
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution. Obtain and verify evidence by interviewing and observing suspects and witnesses or by analyzing records.
 
Record evidence and documents, using equipment such as cameras and photocopy machines.
 
Examine records to locate links in chains of evidence or information.
 
Prepare reports that detail investigation findings.
 
Collaborate with other offices and agencies to exchange information and coordinate activities.
 
Determine scope, timing, and direction of investigations.
 
Testify before grand juries concerning criminal activity investigations.
 
Analyze evidence in laboratories or in the field.
 
Investigate organized crime, public corruption, financial crime, copyright infringement, civil rights violations, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, and other violations of federal or state statutes.
 
Identify case issues and evidence needed, based on analysis of charges, complaints, or allegations of law violations.
 
Obtain and use search and arrest warrants.
 
Serve subpoenas or other official papers.
 
Collaborate with other authorities on activities such as surveillance, transcription, and research.
 
Develop relationships with informants to obtain information related to cases.
 
Search for and collect evidence, such as fingerprints, using investigative equipment.
 
Collect and record physical information about arrested suspects, including fingerprints, height and weight measurements, and photographs.
 
Compare crime scene fingerprints with those from suspects or fingerprint files to identify perpetrators, using computers.
 
Administer counterterrorism and counternarcotics reward programs.
 
Provide protection for individuals, such as government leaders, political candidates, and visiting foreign dignitaries.
 
Perform undercover assignments and maintain surveillance, including monitoring authorized wiretaps.
 
Manage security programs designed to protect personnel, facilities, and information.
 
Issue security clearances.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Criminal Investigators, Public Service
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Criminal Investigators, Public Service
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Criminal Investigators, Public Service
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Criminal Investigators, Public Service
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Criminal Investigators, Public Service
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Air Marshal
Border Police
CIA Agent (Central Intelligence Agency Agent)
Child Support Investigator
Child Support Officer
Counter Intelligence Agent
Crime Analyst
Crime Investigator Special Agent
Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)
Criminal Analyst
Criminal Investigator
Criminal Profiler
Deputy Sheriff
Deputy United States Marshal
Detective
Drug Enforcement Administration Agent (DEA AGENT)
Drug Enforcement Agent
FBI Field Agent (Federal Bureau of Investigation Field Agent)
FBI Investigator (Federal Bureau of Investigation Investigator)
FBI Sharpshooter (Federal Bureau of Investigation Sharpshooter)
FBI Special Agent (Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent)
Federal Air Marshal
Identification Officer
Intelligence Officer
Investigation Officer
Investigative Analyst
Investigator
Missing Persons Investigator
Narcotics Agent
Police Detective
Police Inspector
Police Officer
Postal Inspector
Secret Service Agent
Special Agent
Spy
State Trooper
Undercover Cop
Unemployment Examiner
Unemployment Inspector
Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigator
United States Marshal (US Marshal)
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Criminal Investigators, Public Service
 
 
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