INVESTIGATIVE ASSISTANT (TECHNICAL SERVICES) 5725
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
Under direct supervision an employee in this class assists investigative personnel in the District Attorney's Office in the installation, use, and maintenance of electronic audio and video surveillance and recording equipment for use in undercover investigations and "sting" operations. The employee transports and sets up equipment necessary to play back evidentiary audio and videotapes for pre-trial preparation, Grand Jury and in-court presentation. Responsibility is included for receiving, logging in, storing, duplicating, transporting, releasing and receipting evidentiary tapes. The employee may be called upon to testify in court regarding the chain of evidence relating to a specific tape. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Receipts, releases and receives body recorders, induction coils, transmitters, remote trackers and other such investigative devices to authorized personnel, assists in placing body recorders, and gives basic instruction in usage;
Assists investigators in construction of surveillance blinds and installation of concealed cameras and/or audio recording and transmitting devices for use in undercover investigations and "sting" operations;
Transports and sets up monitors, tape decks, VCR's, cameras, earphones, closed circuit TV systems, etc. for use in pre-trial preparation, Grand Jury and in-court presentations of audio and video taped evidence and for indirect examination of juvenile witnesses, security of premises, and educational and training purposes;
Receives, receipts, logs in, appropriately stores, and duplicates evidentiary tapes forwarded to the District Attorney's Office by other law enforcement agencies;
Performs routine maintenance on equipment to assure state of readiness and purges tapes for reuse;
Conducts telephone number searches and analyses using the automated digital directory system.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Thorough knowledge of the methods used in testing and maintaining electronic audio and video surveillance and recording equipment; Working knowledge of the techniques of covert electronic audio and video surveillance, skill in basic carpentry, ability to place surveillance cameras and recording devices to best capture the information and evidence required; ability to learn and implement rules and procedures for receipt and storage of evidentiary material; ability to maintain inventory records; ability to pick-up and carry heavy equipment, ability to understand and follow direction. Ability to operate a computerized inventory and property tracking system and the automated digital directory system. Physical ability commensurate with the demands of positions.
Graduation from a standard senior high school and one year of experience in a position which involved the use, installation and maintenance of electronic audio and video recording, surveillance, duplication and play back equipment.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
At the time of appointment and during employment in this title, candidates will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State.