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District Attorney's Investigator - 8550 (SFERS) at City and County of San Francisco

City and County of San Francisco


Senior Level

San Francisco, CA, USA

$120.000 - $150.000

22 Nov → 22 Dec


Job Description

Appointment Type: Permanent-Exempt (PEX) Appointment. Pursuant to the City & County of San Francisco Charter, Section 10.104.13. Any person occupying a position under exempt appointment shall not be subject to civil service selection, appointment and removal procedures. Exempt employees shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer.

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is one of the most respected and innovative prosecutor’s offices in the United States. Our mission is to promote justice by fostering accountability and repairing harms by using data-driven, evidence-based approaches. In addition, what sets our office apart is our dedication to addressing root causes of crime and preventing recidivism; our centering of crime victim and survivors; and our commitment to eliminating racial and class inequities in the criminal legal system—including through reduced reliance on incarceration. Our office engages in public education and crime prevention efforts while maintaining the traditional role of investigating, charging, and prosecuting all criminal violations occurring within the City and County of San Francisco. The unparalleled opportunities for challenging, meaningful, and sophisticated work have consistently drawn top candidates to our office over the years.

As a division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Investigations consists of Sworn Peace Officers per Section 830.1 of the California Penal Code. Under general supervision, District Attorney Investigators assist prosecutors in preparing and organizing cases for court, including locating missing witnesses and organizing evidence for presentation at trial. Additionally, DA Investigators assist various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure thorough investigations are conducted. DA Investigators specialize in investigative areas divided primarily into two units, specifically the Trial Preparation Unit and the White-Collar Crimes Units.

In both units, District Attorney Investigators work with law enforcement officers from various jurisdictions, that have included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the California Department of Insurance, the California Department of Justice, the University of California Police, the San Francisco Police Department, and the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office

With the diverse nature of our community, the ability to work with people of many different backgrounds is critical in the work we do. The Office of the District Attorney proactively seeks to recruit, retain and promote DA Investigators that reflect the diversity of the community we serve.

License or certificate:
The appointee must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license.

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the process.


The position has a five-step salary scale ranging from $112,216 - $143,208. The successful applicant is appointed to a salary step based on years of experience and additional relevant degrees, certifications, credentials, or skills.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Job Responsibilities

  • Gather and review police reports, victim and witness statements, plus lab and medical reports. Review Body Worn Camera footage. Conduct extensive interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects. Digitally audio record the interviews and write interview reports and summaries, as needed.
  • Research law enforcement databases, such as CLETS, CalPhoto and LexisNexis Accurint. Research for possible social media and other open source information.
  • Obtain certified out of county court documents to be used in current court proceedings in San Francisco.
  • Prepare investigative reports that include a Chronological Report of Investigation and interview reports. Prepare diagrams, charts, and scale drawings. Photograph crime scenes and evidence items. Create Excel spreadsheets, as needed on financial crimes investigations.
  • Conduct surreptitious surveillance, only if approved by a supervisor, to identify and locate a suspect or reluctant witness on charged and uncharged cases.
  • Serve subpoenas on charged cases to victims and witnesses. Also, serve subpoenas to obtain documents and digital media, such as patient treatment records and video surveillance footage. With the utmost of discretion, serve subpoenas on sensitive Grand Jury proceedings.
  • Arrange for witnesses to appear for court to present testimony. Work with the Victim Advocates as needed. In certain limited circumstances, transport the victim or witness to court.
  • Provide witness security and relocation on high risk prosecutions, such as a gang homicide. Assist in courtroom security, in conjunction with the court bailiffs, to ensure safety of District Attorney personnel, victims, and witnesses.
  • Author search and arrest warrant affidavits. Then safely serve the warrants with fellow DA Investigators and other sworn personnel. Only under emergency exigent circumstances, make a no-warrant arrest and then book the custody into San Francisco County Jail #1 .
  • Testify in court proceedings, such as Dunlap hearings, evidentiary hearings, preliminary hearings, trial and Grand Jury proceedings.
  • Assist other law enforcement agencies in the furtherance of their investigations. Participate in community meetings and events, plus perform outreach to our diverse local community groups and others interested in criminal justice system activities.
  • Respond and investigate family child abductions with the primary goal to ensure the safety of the child. Work with the Family Law court and Child Protective Services to facilitate the safe return of the child. Interstate or international travel to recover an abducted child may be necessary,
  • Provide a specialized need to the Bureau of Investigations, such as conduct computer and cell phone forensics, investigate environmental crimes, and instruct fellow DA Inspectors on firearms qualifications and defensive tactics.
  • Assist on a local task force, such as the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team Task Force (REACT) and the California Highway Patrol Organized Retail Crimes Task Force.
  • Perform a thorough background investigation on a DA Investigator candidate and coordinate Live Scan appointments for other prospective non-sworn staff.
  • Conduct a comprehensive threat assessment to enhance the safety and physical well-being of office personnel.
  • Participate in the California Witness Relocation and Assistance Program (CalWRAP) to help safeguard a victim or witness to ensure critical testimony is heard at court proceedings.
  • Assist on the Dignitary Security Detail where reliability, discretion and flexibility in work hours is absolutely necessary. Selection to this assignment is at the discretion of the ranking DA Inspector.
  • Attend mandated California Peace Officer Standards and Training courses to maintain perishable skills and other accredited training courses to enhance investigative knowledge and skills.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Requires a combination of education at the collegiate level in criminology, penology, police science, or a closely related field and responsible criminal investigative experience totaling six years.

  • Knowledge of existing criminal codes and laws, modern investigative techniques and methods; Presenting and preserving evidence; Techniques of drawing and photography relating to investigative work.

  • Possess the skill and ability to handle responsible investigative assignments with tact, resourcefulness, and good judgment; Prepare and maintain investigative data, records and reports; Communicate verbally and in writing; Operate modern equipment used in criminal investigative work; Work with individual members of the legal staff, representatives of other groups and organizations relating to criminal justice system activities.

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