Senior Investigator - Ruidoso, NM

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Job location
206 Sudderth Dr.
Ruidoso, NM 88345
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Law Offices of The Public Defender
Job type: 
Position Description: 

Conducts investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.
Nature of Work
Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence for criminal cases. Some are assigned to interagency task forces to combat specific types of crime. They conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects and participate in raids or arrests. Detectives usually specialize in investigating one type of violation such as homicide or fraud. They are assigned cases on a rotating basis and work on them until an arrest and conviction is made or until the case is dropped. They provide assistance in criminal and civil liability cases, insurance claims and fraud cases, child custody and protection cases, missing persons cases and premarital screening. They are sometimes hired to investigate individuals to prove or disprove infidelity. Detectives and criminal investigators also perform various other types of surveillance or searches. To verify facts such as an individual's income or place of employment, they may make phone calls or visit a subject's workplace. In other cases, especially those involving missing persons and background checks, investigators interview people to gather as much information as possible about an individual. Sometimes investigators perform work that must be "undercover" in order to get information or to observe a subject inconspicuously. Most detectives and investigators are trained to perform physical surveillance, which may be high tech or low tech. They may observe a site, such as the home of a subject, from an inconspicuous location or a vehicle. Using photographic and video cameras, binoculars, cell phones and GPS systems, detectives gather information on an individual. Surveillance can be time consuming. The duties of detectives and criminal investigators change depending on the needs of their clients.
The Senior Investigator: Works independently to investigate the facts of a case and to assist the attorney in developing a defense for clients charged with crimes in New Mexico.
Conduct interviews, obtain statements regarding investigated issues; collects information involving agreements, documents, financial records, physical aspects and other evidence relating to corporations and individuals being investigated;
Investigate and reply to correspondence regarding hearings, accidents, and other legal matters;
Cooperate with and assist enforcement agencies and may testify in courts or at hearings;
Review reports of investigations to ensure completeness and proper application of the governing laws or regulations;
Conducts tactical analysis of complex criminal cases and organizes large amounts of diverse information into concise analytical form; create charts, graphs and spreadsheets to characterize criminal activities and determine appropriate methods of analysis; provide criminal strategic analysis; and recommend actions based on findings;
Train staff in investigating procedures, interrogation, and criminal analysis;
Maintains contact with law enforcement agencies;
May testify in courts or at hearings;
Conducts research on criminal activities and disseminate criminal information to support investigative operations.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business and Administration, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Police Science or other related field and two (2) years of experience in law enforcement, criminal white collar and/or fraud investigations. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling six (6) years may substitute for the required education and experience.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's License.

Collective Bargaining: This position may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

Default FLSA: Non-exempt.

The Law Offices of the Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political affiliation or religion, mental or physical disability, or serious medical condition.

This job advertisement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

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Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$35,152.00 - $59,488.00 Annually
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018