Public Defender Investigator, Public Defender Investigator Trainee, and Public Defender Interviewer Recruitment

The Public Defenderís Bureau of Investigation offers an exciting career for professional, diligent and creative investigators dedicated to finding the truth.
Public Defender Investigator
Our investigators conduct field investigation, collect and evaluate evidence, consult with Public Defender attorneys, and testify in court, for cases handled by the Public Defender. Our investigators handle complex and exciting cases involving a broad scope of investigative techniques, a high degree of initiative, judgment and independence of action.

Public Defender Investigators locate and interview witnesses, make recommendations, issue and serve subpoenas. Cases range from routine to complex, sensitive, or specialized investigations often involving, juveniles, Sexually Violent Predators (SVP), Mentally Disturbed Offenders (MDO), gangs and investigations involving homicide, robbery, rape, welfare fraud, child molestation, officer involved shootings, etc. The department provides state of the art resources and equipment, and facilitates a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

The average Public Defender Investigator has 21 years of law enforcement and private investigations experience. Almost all Public Defender Investigators have testified in court as expert witnesses in a variety of disciplines including gangs, drugs, crime-scene analysis and ballistics.

All new Public Defender Investigators must complete the first level of our investigative training program (ITP-1). ITP-1 includes an unprecedented 21-day field training investigator program.

Our investigative management team provides mentoring and support to all investigative staff. After completing an initial probationary period, all investigative staff receive annual, evidence based, work performance evaluations. The investigative management team conducts a monthly quality control audit process for Bureau work product and is measuring the Bureauís work product and procedures against industry standards.
Public Defender Investigator Trainee
Investigator Trainees work under immediate supervision, receive training and acquire the knowledge and skills required for promotion to Public Defender Investigator.

Working closely with supervision, Investigator Trainees plan and independently conduct a variety of criminal investigations to support a legal defense. Among other tasks, Trainees will assist with subpoena service, interviews, crime scene investigation and report writing, and may be called to testify in court.
Public Defender Interviewer
Public Defender Interviewers assist attorneys and investigators by conducting obtaining information basic to the investigation and trial process. Positions report to a Supervising Investigator.

Interviewers review case-related materials, interview defendants, either in or out of custody, and prepare reports. Interviewers determine whether our clients are aware of specific charges that have been alleged, explain the criminal justice process as it relates to future court dates and maintain necessary statistics and reports.

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