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Class Code: 5832
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
One Salary
Annual / Hourly
Annual salaries are calculations based on approved hourly rates.

Summary Statement: Under general direction, investigates allegations of peace officer misconduct requiring Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) action. Conducts audits of law enforcement and corrections agencies to verify compliance with AZ POST selection, training and retention requirements. Evaluates basic training academies to verify compliance with academic and training standards for peace officer certification and open enrollment requirements. Provides expert testimony in matters pertaining to AZ POST. Performs related duties as assigned. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Reviews and evaluates the procedural controls and records systems of law enforcement and corrections agencies and training academies to ensure compliance with AZ POST selection, training and retention standards.

2. Investigates complex and often politically sensitive allegations of peace officer misconduct to determine if there is cause for denial, suspension, revocation or cancellation of peace officer certification. Evaluates, prepares and presents comprehensive written and verbal investigative facts/reports to aid in determination of initiating action against an individual's peace officer certification.

3.Coordinates the actions of involved parties (e.g., criminal investigators, internal investigators, attorneys, respondents, witnesses, etc.) to complete the rules procedures in administrative hearings concerning possible denial, suspension, revocation or cancellation of peace officer certification.

4. Makes oral and written presentations to the AZ POST Board, its subcommittees, agency heads or administrators on investigative facts regarding an individual's peace officer certification or application for peace officer certification in regards to minimum standards, misconduct and/or failure to fulfill in-service training; or to present information from user agencies regarding proposed rule changes or issues that affect the agency or community.

5. Serves as an expert witness by giving sworn testimony before the Office of Administrative Hearings regarding investigative findings of peace officer misconduct and other matters relating to the AZ POST Board.

6. Consults with executive and command level administrators to provide direction or assistance regarding hiring, retention and training practices, highly political or liability issues, or organizational development systems. Advises of various options for action in investigative processes.

7. Serves as liaison to develop cohesive working relationships between AZ POST and agency administrators, and facilitates contact by user agencies needing services of the AZ POST Board.

8. Instructs and assists agency administrators and background investigators with the process of conducting a complete background investiagion to meet required State standards.

9. Prepares audit documentation and correspondence to report audit results of agency new hires, annual training deficiencies, academy inspection results, or agency compliance issues.

10. Determines eligibility to waive all or part of basic training requirements for peace officers trained outside the state of Arizona prior to certification by analyzing and making recommendations on applications. Administers waiver of basic training tests to qualified applicants to test the academic knowledge of prior certified applicants to determine eligibility of waiver status.

11. Speaks to local government officials and civic groups to provide general knowledge on AZ POST, its statutory obligations, board member information and rules; responds to inquiries from the general public concerning peace officer certification issues, requirements, complaints, or status of certification.

12. Determines peace officer applicant's eligibility to meet medical standards by reviewing medical files and consulting with medical doctors. Ascertains capabilities of an applicant to perfom peace officer duties with an accommodation if an issue is identified as not meeting AZ POST medical standards. Coordinates with appointing agency to determine if it is willing to make such an accommodation.

13. Maintanis documents and tabulates audit and investigation statistics.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. law enforcement methods and techniques (e.g., conducting interrogations, interviews, investigations, etc.) to ensure effective enforcement of AZ POST rules.

2. report writing techniques to prepare clear, accurate and comprehensive reports.

3. the crime elements that identify misconduct for the purpose of determining rules violations.

4. audit methodologies.

5. problem solving techniques.

6. electronic information systems to access data and prepare reports.

7. conflict resolution techniques.

8. research techniques, statistical analysis and data collection.

Skill in:

1. written and verbal communication.

2. tact and diplomacy to handle sensitive issues.

Ability to:

1. plan and organize resources involving multiple priorities and deadlines in order to meet objectives.

2. exercise independent judgement or initiative and function with minimal supervision.

3. establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of assignment.

4. identify problems or issues, analyze alternatives and develop viable recommendations.

5. interpret criminal and administrative law as it applies to AZ POST rules and procedures.

6. provide clear, concise and factual testimony during administrative hearings.


Statewide travel may be required to perform certain work functions.

Must possess a valid Arizona driver license.

AZ POST General Instructor certification may be required.


Office setting.

Minimum Qualifications: Requires five (5) years of experience in the field of criminal, civil or administrative investigations or audits, of which one (1) year must be in law enforcement. A Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, education, criminal justice or related fields from an accredited college or university may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience. A Master's degree in business or public administration, education, criminal justice or related fields from an accredited college or university may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status: Exempt


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Current as of: 7/23/2014 2:45:44 PM