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CPS Special Investigator

Company: Texas State Job Bank
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job/Position DescriptionOVERVIEW 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 Job FunctionsConducts 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 investigations. 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 operations. Promotes and demonstrates appropriate respect for cultural diversity among coworkers and all work-related contacts. Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy. Registrations, Licensure Requirements or CertificationsValid 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.Knowledge Skills AbilitiesSupervisor will determine appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities. 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 ar Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.

Keywords: Texas State Job Bank, Corpus Christi , CPS Special Investigator, Other , CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas

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