Pretrial Officer (Intake & Investigation) Lee County PT2422

Florida State Courts Fort Myers, FL
Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

KEY REQUIREMENTS

* Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, public administration or a related field

* Two years of criminal justice, case management or investigative experience preferred

* NCIC/FCIC certification within 30 days of hire and continuous certification throughout employment

* Ability to maintain jail security clearance and work in a jail setting

* Knowledge of methods, practices, principles, procedures and techniques used in interviewing and investigating as it pertains to the operation of the department

* Ability to write, speak audibly, clearly and accurately in both English and in the Spanish language in a diverse environment is preferred.

SUMMARY

The pretrial officer performs professional investigative work around the clock to provide quality and timely information to the criminal courts, which supports the judicial decision to release or detain the defendant. The pretrial officer conducts a full intake/investigation on defendants as a part of the booking process into the jail. Pretrial officers verify defendants' intake information and produce a quality First Appearance report that is used by the judges as they make their pretrial release decisions. The pretrial officer reports directly to the pretrial supervisor.

The pretrial officer in this position shall exercise independent judgment and initiative within the scope of authority. All Pretrial Officers are cross-trained and act as backup for other pretrial officer positions. Duties and assignments may be changed with notice based on department needs.

A pretrial officer's primary responsibilities include the following: (1) Conduct pretrial interviews and investigations at the jail facilities (2) Prepare and orally present summary reports for court (3) Facilitate pretrial supervision releases (4) Other duties as assigned

Examples of Duties:ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.

(1)Conduct pretrial interviews and investigations at the jail facilities:

* Interview all defendants booked into the jail facilities and collect, investigate, verify demographic and criminal history information, including but not limited to pending charges, probation/supervision status, family ties, residence stability, victim information, and employment history by using data systems, contacting personal references, and employment references, etc. to determine authenticity of information

* Perform assessment of risk and need for every booked defendant, conducting immediate safety and flight risk assessments and recommending holds for First Appearance as appropriate

* Screen defendants and determine indigence for appointment of counsel

* Compile a quality pretrial report to the First Appearance judge with appropriate recommendations

* Identify defendants with mental health and substance abuse needs and veteran status

(2)Prepare and orally present summary reports for court:

* Prepare and submit a quality summary report to the court that follows the criteria outlined in policies and procedures

* Identify and report risk and need and make appropriate referrals

* Interact with law enforcement, counsel, jail and court personnel as appropriate to make reliable release recommendations

* Continuously review non-sentenced incarcerated defendants for potential release from custody or early resolution of the case

(3)Facilitate pretrial supervision releases:

* Facilitate pretrial supervision releases by providing orientation and review of the court order for defendants approved for pretrial supervision

* Conduct holds for Electronic Monitoring until installation of equipment, make appropriate notifications

* Prepare warrants and notify the duty judge on all Electronic Monitoring violations

(4)Other duties as assigned

Typical Qualifications:QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge of:

* Methods, practices, principles, procedures and techniques used in interviewing and investigating as it pertains to the operation of the department

* Basic structure of the criminal justice system

* Local, state and federal guidelines, rules, regulations and statutes as they pertain to the pretrial operation

* Identifying risk and need, including signs of mental illness and substance abuse

* Case management practices, court performance measures and operations

* Computer applications, including but not limited to: Odyssey, IJIS, JIS, Microsoft Word, and Outlook

Ability to:

* Conduct interviews and investigations in a jail setting

* Deal effectively and professionally with defendants from various backgrounds, in various stressful conditions, with a highly volatile, and potentially violent population

* Deal effectively, professionally and confidentially with Judges, non-judicial personnel, attorneys, and the general public

* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members, superiors, and the general public

* Efficiently operate a personal computer, utilize Microsoft Office and various other software programs and databases

* Follow written and oral instructions and procedures

* Exhibit sound judgment

* Effectively interpret general policy, criteria and procedures for specific situations

* Maintain statistical data and produce reports

* Conduct drug testing

* Facilitate electronic monitoring and install related equipment if necessary

* Maintain jail security clearance and the ability to work in a jail setting

* Work rotating shifts, 8, 10 or 12 hour shifts, holidays, weekends, emergencies, natural disasters, and cover other shifts/assignments as required

* Occasionally be exposed to oleoresin capsicum (O.C.) and other chemical agents and/or odors occurring in the jail

Skill:

* Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

Supplemental Information:EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, public administration or a related field. Two years of criminal justice, case management or investigative experience preferred.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

* Obtain and maintain NCIC/FCIC computer operator certification within 30 days of hire

* May be required to drive within the circuit

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

None