Work involves investigating cases that are of a high profile or
high-risk and may require a joint investigation with local law
enforcement due to alleged criminal acts. Assists the Department of
Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Investigation Supervisors by
providing consultation and assistance to the investigation of
complex cases. Provide forensic investigation techniques and
investigation skills. Accompanies DFPS staff on investigations and
provides information on criminal statutes, law enforcement
procedures, and legal issues when circumstances warrant. Provides
feedback to DFPS staff on effective investigation techniques from a
law enforcement perspective, may carry a small caseload within the
unit, provides training to and serves as a consultant to DFPS
staff. Interacts routinely with DFPS staff, supervisors, clients,
law enforcement professionals, medical professionals, legal
professionals and others involved in the investigative process.
Attends civil and criminal court proceedings as required. Essential
Conducts specialized investigations of child abuse and neglect,
as required by management.
Serves as consultant and trainer to CPS investigation staff on
forensic interview skills and techniques.
Identifies and provides for staff development and training needs
in the area of forensic child abuse and neglect investigation to
achieve and enhance quality performance of unit staff.
Develops and maintains communication and working relationships
within and outside the agency, particularly with professionals
associated with law enforcement investigations.
Provides expert consultation to DFPS staff and the community on
complex issues associated with forensic child abuse and neglect
Conducts in-depth interviews to accurately obtain information to
determine immediate or long-term risk of abuse or neglect; models
advanced interviewing techniques for other workers.
Assesses family dynamics and functioning to determine degree and
type of agency intervention needed.
Prepares and provides sufficient case documentation (including
forms and narratives) to provide a complete and accurate record on
cases, including legal documentation or testifying in court for all
necessary court cases.
Reviews cases identified by Child Safety Specialists for
specific risk factors or assistance with forensic investigation
techniques, in order to ensure staff develop and implement
appropriate casework actions and case plans.
Attends training and participates in professional development as
required by agency and/or supervisor.
Performs other duties as assigned and required to maintain unit
Promotes and demonstrates appropriate respect for cultural
diversity among coworkers and all work-related contacts.
Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Supervisor will determine appropriate knowledge, skills and
Knowledge of Texas criminal and civil law relating to abuse and
neglect of children.
Knowledge of forensic interviewing techniques.
Knowledge of normal child development and family dynamics,
including problem areas of domestic violence, substance abuse,
Knowledge of community resources, particularly within the law
enforcement community, and their use for addressing child abuse and
Skill in forensic interviewing of children and adults.
Skill in determining risk of harm to children.
Skill in applying crisis intervention techniques.
Skill in investigating and resolving difficult child abuse or
Skill in verbal and written communication.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with employees, agency staff, law enforcement
personnel and community stakeholders.
Ability to evaluate investigation records in relation to the
department standards for quality.
Ability to analyze reports and produce comprehensive documents
Ability to train staff in forensic interview techniques.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Valid Texas Driver's License
Currently a Licensed Texas Peace Officer or have been a licensed
Peace Officer in the State of Texas in the past two years.
Out of state law enforcement agency or United State Military
licenses and certifications comparable to a Texas Peace Officer are
acceptable. Initial Selection Criteria:
Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent.
TCOLE Intermediate License. Out of state Peace Officer license
or Military experience comparable to Texas Peace Officer.
Five years as a Peace Officer with two of those years as a
Detective/Investigator assigned to property crimes and or crimes
Experience involving the use of forensic investigation skills is
a must. Examples of desired forensic investigation skills are:
interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses, crime scene analysis
including photographic and written documentation, collecting
evidence, experience in obtaining credible and reliable victim,
witness and suspect statements and report writing. Training
certification in the field of Advanced Child Abuse Investigations,
Forensic Interview Techniques, Collection of Forensic Evidence,
Advance Domestic Violence Investigations, and Advance Sexual
Assault Investigations may be substituted for two years of
experience as a Detective/Investigator.
Preferred: Sixty (60) hours college credit from an accredited
college or university.
Two (2) years' experience as a Detective/Investigator
investigating and working with multidisciplinary teams on the
investigation of child abuse and neglect or other crimes against
TCLOE Advance or Master Peace Officer License or equivalent from
an out of state law enforcement agency or the United States
Military. Additional Information:
Requisition # 480815
Applicants selected for this position are also eligible to
receive a $416.66 monthly increase in addition to the base salary.
Applicants hired into an investigative position will receive this
increase the first of the month following 120 days of tenure. Once
employed, the incumbent must remain in an investigative position to
continue to receive the additional pay.
Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called to an agency
for an interview must notify the interviewing agency in writing of
any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the
There are no direct military occupation(s) that relate to the
initial selection criteria and registration or licensure
requirements for this position. All active duty, reservists,
guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply. For more
information, see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the
hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a
disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line
application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at
1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need
accommodation to participate in the interview process, please
notify the person scheduling the interview.