Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) Investigator

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA)

Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA)

JOB OPPORTUNITY/BID ANNOUNCEMENT

DATE: March 10, 2017 VACANCIES: 28 (with more vacancies possible pending budget approval)

JOB TITLE: Investigator—COPA TITLE CODE: 1247

2017 SALARY: $60,312 annually PAY GRADE: G6

These positions are covered under the City’s collective bargaining agreement with AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL

EMPLOYEES (AFSCME) UNION (BU 01, 03, 04, 05).Only employees in City job titles in this bargaining unit are eligible to bid on this position.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree, PLUS two (2) years of experience conducting civil, criminal or factual investigations that involve gathering, analyzing and evaluating evidence; conducting in-depth research, analysis and report writing; and conducting
  • interviews with witnesses; OR graduation from an accredited law school; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, provided the minimum degree requirement is met.
  • A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required
  • Availability to work any duty watch is required
  • Post-graduate degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Social Science, Government or Law, preferred

Note: Per City of Chicago Municipal Ordinance #2-78-120, no investigator employed by the COPA Office shall be a current or former sworn member of the Chicago Police Department within the last five years.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Under general supervision, investigates allegations of misconduct against members of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), including incidents involving excessive force, domestic violence, coercion and verbal abuse, as well as investigations of certain conduct of members of CPD, including incidents involving death or serious injury to a member of the public, and performs related duties as required.

  • Interviews complainants, witnesses and department members to gather facts in order to investigate incidents involving possible misconduct by department members
  • Conducts canvasses at the location of the incident to locate witnesses, obtain relevant information and evidence
  • Obtains and analyzes reports related to the incident, including medical reports and reports related to forensic and scientific analysis
  • Maintains working knowledge of department rules, policies and general orders
  • Prepares reports of investigation activities conducted to document investigative process
  • Updates and maintains case management records to report on status of Investigations
  • Maintains comprehensive, organized case files and manages documents pursuant to all legal rules
  • Assists Major Case Specialists in the conduct of complex investigations as required
  • Collaborates with attorneys in drafting of disciplinary charges
  • Obtains and reviews court documents in related civil and criminal matters to identify relevant
  • information and statements made by department members and witnesses
  • Consults and collaborates with Legal staff as needed to identify, assess and address legal issues
  • Collaborates with attorneys to prepare and present at police disciplinary arbitrations and police board hearings, including the assessment and development of litigation strategy
  • Consults with attorneys to review disciplinary charges prior to being presented to department members
  • to ensure accuracy and consistency with investigatory findings
  • Maintains contact with CPD detectives to stay apprised of investigative developments in related criminal investigations
  • Identifies and reports on opportunities for pattern and practice investigations; conducts pattern and
  • practice investigations at direction of management
  • Testifies in court, arbitration hearings and before the Police Board as needed
  • Collaborates with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the U. S. Attorney’s Office to prepare cases for criminal proceedings
  • Identifies areas of improvement to police department tactics and training based on information obtained through investigations
  • Monitors cases as they proceed through the disciplinary system to ensure timely completion
  • Prepares reports of investigation based on analysis of the evidence in light of the legal framework and makes preliminary recommendations regarding appropriate disciplinary action or other intervention that is appropriate based on the investigatory findings

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that
are essential to particular positions within the class.

Location: 1615 W. Chicago Ave, 4th floor,
Chicago, IL 60622

Days: Monday – Sunday
Hours: 7:00am – 3:00pm, 12:00pm – 8:00pm,
Saturday (rotating) 9:00am – 5:00pm,
Sunday (Pending operational needs)

PLEASE NOTE: The complete Bid Announcement with application, attachment, and selection requirements are
posted online. Please follow the directions in the box below on how to apply online.

Application Instructions:  Interested applicants should apply at the City of Chicago’s application website:  www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS

BID APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE NO LATER THAN:
March 24, 2017
APPLICATION PROCESS:
IF YOU ARE A CURRENT CITY EMPLOYEE AND WANT TO EXERCISE YOUR CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS TO BID, YOU MUST
APPLY ON THE BID ONLY SITE AT: www.cityofchicago.org/CAREERS
(Once the website opens, scroll down and click on the button titled “Bid Opportunities.”)
IN ADDITION, YOU MUST CHECK THE BOX ON THE CAREERS APPLICATION TITLED “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS
COMPANY”, CORRECTLY ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT. YOU MUST USE
THE EMPLOYEE NUMBER FOUND ON THE UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF YOUR PAY CHECK STUB LABELED
“PAYEE/EMPLOYEE NUMBER.” (NO OTHER FORMAT OR SYSTEM CAN BE USED TO GET YOUR EMPLOYEE NUMBER).
FAILURE TO CHECK THE “ALREADY EMPLOYED BY THIS COMPANY” BOX, ENTER YOUR EMPLOYEE ID, AND SELECT THE
CORRECT BARGAINING UNIT WILL RESULT IN A REJECTED BID APPLICATION.

About Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA)

Pursuant to MCC 2-78, COPA’s mission is to provide a just and efficient means to fairly and timely conduct investigations within its jurisdiction, including investigations of alleged police misconduct and to determine whether those allegations are well-founded, applying a preponderance of the evidence standard; to identify and address patterns of police misconduct; and, based on information obtained through such investigations, to make policy recommendations to improve the Chicago Police Department and reduce incidents of police misconduct.

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