Office Of Public Safety Accountability Investigator

County of Sacramento
Full Time 40 per week $78,813 - $124,130 Per year CA 915 I St #5, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States Apply before 5/21/2024 11:59





With supervisor approval, incumbents may be eligible for intermittent remote work; however, they must physically reside within the Sacramento region or have the ability to regularly report to a City of Sacramento physical worksite with little notice.  
The ideal candidate will have experience performing investigative work in a public or private agency and a working knowledge of criminal and/or civil investigation techniques and procedures. They will be a team player with clear communication skills, interpersonal skills, and empathy. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and thorough for preparing clear, concise, and accurate documents and reports detailing investigative activities and findings.

This oversight practitioner position is responsible for public safety critical incident response requiring 24/7 on-call monthly rotation.
The purpose of this position is to perform administrative and investigative duties for one or more major components of the Office of Public Safety Accountability (OPSA) operations.
The Office of Public Safety Accountability (OPSA) Investigator is a journey-level classification filled with multiple incumbents. Incumbents are responsible for performing investigative analytical duties involving issues that are sensitive and confidential. This classification is distinguished from the next higher-level classification of Senior Office of Public Safety Accountability Investigator by the greater complexity of the assignment and lead supervisory duties.
Some positions in the OPSA Investigator classification series are flexibly staffed from the lower level of Office of Public Safety Accountability Investigator. Appointment to the higher classification requires that the employee be performing substantially the full range of duties for the classification and meet the qualification standards for the classification.

Direction is provided by the Assistant Director of Public Safety Accountability or other higher-level personnel. This classification does not supervise. 


This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the classification.  The list of essential functions below does not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent in this classification.  Additionally, please be aware of the legend below when referring to the physical demands of each essential function.

  • Conduct public safety misconduct investigations that are difficult, highly complex and sensitive, and confidential in nature.
  • Assist the Director of the OPSA with the preparation of complex narrative annual report that includes summaries of complaints, disposition of complaints, periodic statistical review, and the measured effectiveness of established objectives.
  • Serve as a liaison for the OPSA with elected officials, community organizations, and community residents as it relates to police and fire accountability oversite matters.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and make recommendations on the effectiveness of operations, policies, procedures, programs, and practices to increase public safety, protect civil liberties, and increase public confidence.
  • Request, receive, and review documents and information to monitor an investigation.
  • Perform related work of a similar nature and level as assigned.

The above job responsibilities represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.


Knowledge of:

  • The needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • City and police practices, policies, and procedures; criminal law, state civil law, civil rights law, and Police Officer and Firefighter Bill of Rights.
  • Principles of statistical analysis.
  • Principles and practices of report writing techniques.
Skill in:
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in large and/or complex data sets.
  • Effective interviewing techniques.
  • Use of modern office equipment, including computers, computer applications, and computer software, to accomplish a variety of tasks.
Experience and Education:

Three (3) years of experience performing professional-level administrative investigative or legal investigative work.
Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Additional experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.

Should education be used to qualify for this position, then proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted with your application and will be required at the time of appointment. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. Evaluation of education records will be due at time of appointment. 

Driver License:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment.
The conditions herein are typically required of an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. 
Physical Requirements:
On an intermittent basis sit at a desk; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; write and use a keyboard and occasionally lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less; incumbents will travel to and participate in various events throughout the City which may involve exposure to traffic and inclement weather conditions.  Requires effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading, and writing.

Environmental Conditions:
Work is performed in the field on occasion and could include standing, kneeling, and bending; may be exposed to inclement weather conditions, communicable biological substances, drug paraphernalia, unsanitary conditions, confrontational interactions, and potentially hostile environments; must have ability to work at crime scenes involving human trauma of all types and degrees of severity; must be able to remain calm during high stress situations.  
Incumbents may be required to be on-call and work evening hours.

Not applicable. This is an exempt from civil service, at-will classification and does not serve a probationary period.


Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.
1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application for further consideration by the final filing deadline or upon receipt of 100 applications, whichever occurs first;

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
    • If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on full-time experience (40 hours per week). Qualifying experience is calculated to the full-time equivalent (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
  • Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. 
  • Proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted online with your application. Proof of education will be required at time of appointment. 
2. Supplemental Questionnaire: (Pass/Fail) – In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire to the City of Sacramento Employment Office by the final filing deadline or upon receipt of 100 applications, whichever occurs first:
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.
  • Possession of the minimum qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee for further advancement in the selection process.
3. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail) - All applications received will be forwarded to the hiring department for review until the position is filled. The hiring department will select the most competitive applications for further consideration. Human Resources will only evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications, as stated on the job announcement, for applications selected by the hiring department.
4. Interview Process: Human Resources will forward applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process.
5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass Live Scan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.

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