Criminal Investigations Division

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Requirements of a Criminal Investigations Division Agent

Job duties in order of importance:

(These duties are illustrative only. Incumbents may perform some/or all of these duties or other job-related duties as assigned.)

Conducts basic investigations of alleged/suspected tax violations (e.g., interviews subject & witnesses; conducts stationary and/or moving surveillance; collects records from various governmental agencies, other law enforcement agencies & business & personal sources; collects other forms of physical evidence to Include undercover purchases of taxable items; accesses law enforcement computer network; develops informants to assist in gathering information on activities & movement of suspect & other general information relative to case; works cooperatively with other law enforcement agencies on joint operations & keeps them informed on cases; assumes other identities when necessary to work covertly), conducts inspections of retail cigarette dealers & non-stamping wholesalers or of retail & wholesale cigarette dealers & inspects stamping meters & machines & assists higher-level tax enforcement agents on cases or internal investigations as assigned.

Maintains database, word processing & written records documenting case activity; prepares case report & any necessary charts & graphs for presentation in court; meets with prosecution to present evidence; testifies in court &/or grand jury; meets with representatives of other governmental agencies as required; assists higher-level tax enforcement agent in audit of various records & journals to prepare assessment as part of criminal prosecution; delivers assessments; files affidavits; calculates tax loss plus penalty & interest for simple sales & cigarette tax cases.

Serves search warrants, arrest warrants & subpoenas; makes felony arrests, interrogates suspects & books them into jail; maintains knowledge of weapons & equipment used by violators; maintains proficiency in use of firearms & various equipment (e.g., surveillance equipment, ultra-violet stamp detector, computers, cameras).

Major worker characteristics:

Knowledge of Ohio tax laws & rules*; law enforcement & investigative procedure. Skill in use of police vehicle & van, firearms, computer & video display terminal, camera & video recorder, two-way radio, tape recorders & electronic recorder & special lab equipment. Ability to use proper investigative procedure in collection of information & evidence & developing informants; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; prepare & maintain detailed & accurate reports & records; handle routine & sensitive inquiries & contacts with suspects, informants, witnesses & other governmental personnel.

(*)Developed after employment.

Minimum class qualifications for employment:

Possession of certificate for having successfully completed approved basic peace officer training program or completion of 20 yrs. active duty as peace officer per Section 109.78 (D) of Ohio revised code; 2 yrs. trg. or 2 yrs. exp. in law enforcement or comparable field (e.g., criminal justice); valid driver's license.

Note: Applicant must be able to successfully perform Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Program (OPOTC) Fitness Testing Entry Standards for New Recruits

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

Training and development required to remain in the classification after employment:

Satisfactory completion of mandated topics by Ohio Peace Officer Training Council.

Unusual working conditions:

Requires travel; operates police type emergency vehicle; exposed to confined areas when conducting surveillance for hours; may be exposed to physical harm during raids & searches & while serving warrants & subpoenas; exposed to varying weather conditions & fluctuations in working hours while making arrest; requires working undercover or covertly.