Sr Criminal Investigator - 90341788 - Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, US, 60661)

 Chicago, IL

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Summary of Duties

The Senior Criminal Investigator is a member of the Investigations unit involved in the planning, directing and conducting investigations into criminal cases of importance to Amtrak. Leads teams of other investigators and manages the resources and staff. Participates with the SAC in the development of subordinate staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Independently plans, coordinates, directs and conducts complex investigations into criminal and noncriminal cases of the highest importance to the Corporation. Develops leads based on referrals from the IG Tip Line and/or develops leads based on his/her contacts and knowledge of the industries, businesses, communities in which he/she works. Determines the depth and scope of the investigation and coordinates the use of other personnel during the course of the investigation including other investigators, auditors and technical personnel.
  • Plans, coordinates, directs and conducts investigations into difficult criminal cases of importance to the Corporation. Cases may be sensitive because of the involvement of prominent business and government officials. Determines the depth and scope of the investigation and develops a written case plan outlining the steps to be taken in handling the investigation.
  • Secures facts and develops evidence from all sources to establish the extent and nature of violations. Works with and develops informants, checks available records to verify information, develops liaisons and coordinates with other law enforcement organizations and uses such investigative techniques as surveillance, searches and recording devices. May develop new avenues of investigation or new cases entirely based upon information uncovered.
  • Conducts investigative interviews and record searches; obtains sworn statements and documents where appropriate from witnesses, informants, suspects, fellow law enforcement officers from local state and Federal levels, custodians of records and public and private persons at all levels.
  • Makes determinations regarding the documents required when requesting IG and/or Grand Jury subpoenas and makes tactical plans for serving such subpoenas.
  • Drafts and prepares reports of investigations and summaries including recommendations for prosecutive and/or corrective action. Reports include analysis of evidence from a wide variety of sources, evaluation of interrelated activities uncovered during the investigation and recommendations for further or additional related investigations.
  • Works closely with the US Attorney throughout the investigation and its disposition, assisting in preparing testimony and presentations for the Grand Jury or other judicial/administrative forums.
  • If leading a team, provides guidance and assistance to the junior members of the team and reviews their work products as appropriate.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Criminal Justice or other related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and work experience.


  • A minimum of 5 years of criminal investigative experience, preferably at the Federal level.
  • Must have satisfactorily completed the Basic and Advanced Criminal Investigator Course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia or an equivalent Criminal Investigative course.
  • Must have successfully completed firearms training and maintain qualifications to carry and use firearms.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination and maintain the physical standards of health required of IG criminal investigators.
  • Knowledge of Federal criminal and civil law, practice and procedure.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of criminal investigative techniques (e.g. handling confidential informants, undercover assignments, physical and electronic surveillance, etc) sufficient to manage the work of subordinate agents and supervisors.
  • Ability to cooperate across organizational boundaries to reach mutual goals.
  • Creativity, flexibility and ability to work in a fast-paced environment with constantly changing priorities.
  • Analytical, problem-solving and project management skills.


  • Broad knowledge of the laws, practices and procedures of Federal Inspector General Offices.
  • Investigative experience with an emphasis on white-collar crime.
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, or other related field.


  • The position requires weapon carrying and qualifications; carrying a weapon carries risks and responsibilities and the incumbent may be placed in dangerous situations including but not limited to work outside in the elements i.e. rain, heat, cold. Nature of work can be hazardous due to the transportation environment and potentially life-threatening.
  • Frequently works long hours and is required to be on-call and available on an emergency basis.
  • Pre-employment physicals and a drug screen are required, as well as successfully passing a background investigation. Must maintain the physical standards of health required of IG criminal investigators.


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Requisition ID:116929

Posting Location(s):Illinois

Job Family/Function:Government Affairs

Relocation Offered:Yes

Travel Requirements:Up to 25%

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Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

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