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- Position Overview
The Accident Reconstructionist conducts vehicular investigations; reviews and assembles evidence; and provides recommendations for further development or investigation steps as warranted.
- Position Qualifications
Minimum education and/or experience:
High school diploma or GED and three (3) years' investigative experience within a government or military agency, which includes one (1) years' experience as an accident investigator or reconstructionist and one (1) years' experience serving as court expert in accident investigation/reconstruction.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Law enforcement investigative techniques and government relations, as they relate to indigent investigations.
- And experience in the criminal justice system.
- Plan, organize, and effectively present ideas and concepts to others.
- Assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyze information, and make or recommend courses of investigation.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
- Interact tactfully with clients, their family, attorneys, and other professionals.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Three (3) years' investigative experience within a law enforcement agency. Bilingual skills (ability to read, write and speak in the Spanish and English languages). Criminal defense investigative experience.
Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Completion of advanced accident/reconstruction training. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)/Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) training. Drug Recognition Expert training.
Job requires frequently dealing with emergencies, dangerous environment, interruptions, time pressures, multiple or complicated tasks, unscheduled tasks, frequently changing tasks, decision making, working in close physical proximity with others, public contact, crime scenes/criminal defendants, traumatic subject matter (crime scenes, accidents, etc.), high volume of work, accuracy, concentration/vigilance, and teamwork. May be required to lift 20 pounds floor to waist; 25 pounds waist to shoulder; 10 pounds shoulder to overhead; carry 25 pounds a distance of 1000 feet; and push/pull 50 pounds a distance of 1000 feet.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Assists in reviewing vehicle accident, fatality, and DUI cases.
- Provides expertise in the development of defense strategies and case theories.
- Testifies in court and conduct jail visits.
- Reviews case documents and recommends securing additional background information that may be needed for the case (may need to obtain family histories, alibis, and various in-state/out-of-state public, private and government records).
- Conducts conflict checks. Locates and interviews potential witnesses in defense of criminal cases and which may require in-state and/or out-of-state travel.
- Updates attorneys regularly on progress of investigations and recommendations for further initiatives or preparation of the case.
- Assists attorneys in last minute investigative emergencies that may be outside the assigned investigative caseload.
- Conducts field investigations with approval of the attorney including but not limited to vehicle, inspections, taking photos, videotaping, obtaining witness statements and preparing courtroom and crime scene diagrams.
- Conducts computer inquiries and extensive record searches.
- Maintains records and documentation.
- Obtain and evaluates physical and documentary evidence.
- Prepares oral and written investigative reports.
- Maintains case files and activity logs. Interacts closely and provides guidance to attorneys by meeting with them to discuss cases and develop further investigative steps as warranted.
- Works with attorneys to investigate case and develop detailed evidence as appropriate.
- Interfaces with criminal authorities, investigators from other law enforcement agencies, and contacts at other related agencies.
- Uses and maintains cameras, video and recording devices, computers, motor vehicles, and other related equipment.
- May be required to serve subpoenas and provide witness transportation.
- May be assigned as an investigator to any of the Office's units/groups including but not limited to Capital Homicide, Trial, Early Representation, Juvenile in Adult Court, and/or Vehicular.
- Selection Procedure
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.