Criminal Investigator II (Special Prosecutions)


Criminal Justice
Position Number:
Salary Range:
$102,900.00 - $110,400.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 11:59 am
Work Unit:
Special Prosecutions
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Friday, March 22, 2024
Employment Type:
Position Type:

The DOL is currently offering a sign-on bonus for new criminal investigator hires of $2,000.
Sign-On bonuses will be paid based on the following timeline:
$1000.00 – Time of hire
$1000.00 – Time of certification (typically 12 months after hire)


The Criminal Justice Section is seeking two experienced criminal investigators to join the Special Prosecutions Unit. We are looking for motivated professionals who are ready to take their career to the next level. In the Special Prosecutions Unit, you will be part of a team dedicated to protecting the people of Colorado with integrity and care. In this role, you will have the opportunity to investigate a wide variety of multi-jurisdictional, complex crimes, including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA), as well as large scale auto theft matters and homicides. Additionally, this position will investigate matters involving corruption related offenses, election crimes, human trafficking, identity theft, and state tax fraud. You will get to work with the Statewide Grand Jury, as well as with other local, state, and federal law enforcement partners. You will be a teacher, a coach, and a leader. You will enjoy a positive work-life balance and will have a valuable impact on the community we all serve!

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

This work unit exists to conduct criminal investigations and prosecute diverse criminal offenses, such as auto theft, corruption related offenses, election crimes, environmental crimes, homicides, human trafficking, identity theft,  narcotics trafficking, organized retail crime, and state tax fraud, as well as violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA). This unit also works with federal and international authorities to investigate violent crimes, and apprehended fugitives, detainees, and victims/witnesses needed for trial. This unit receives multiple referrals and evaluates them to determine if they warrant further investigation and criminal prosecution in state court. Often, the unit acts as the lead investigative agency gathering information from partnering law enforcement and regulatory agencies not limited to numerous local, state and federal agencies within the State of Colorado. This unit also receives completed or ongoing investigations from other law enforcement agencies for subsequent prosecution. This unit provides training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies within the State of Colorado and, as requested, the Special Prosecutions staff will provide advanced training at a national level on certain topics.

There are two current vacancies in the unit. The first position investigates allegations of criminal activity to ascertain if Colorado or federal law was violated. This position will be tasked to investigate a wide variety of complex case types that require a vast array of training and experience in felony level criminal matters. Particularly, this position will be required to handle complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA), and will serve as one of the unit’s primary investigators tasked with the investigation of organized retail crime matters. This position will assist other parts of the Special Prosecutions Unit and Criminal Justice Section as needed.

The second position is more of a generalist and will investigate matters involving auto theft, corruption related offenses, election crimes, homicide, human trafficking, identity theft, state tax fraud, and other crimes appropriate for investigation and prosecution by the Special Prosecutions Unit. This position will conduct criminal investigations that include independent verification of allegations through interviews and gathering evidence. This position will also be responsible for providing investigative and logistical assistance to federal, state and local agencies;  assist the State Grand Jury with its function(s) and responsibilities;  provide a specialized level of expertise to other law enforcement and regulatory professionals; provide instructional services, technical advice, and training to other governmental and/or professional audiences. This position will work regularly with several prosecuting agencies as well as law enforcement at the federal, state, and local level in a cooperative and collective manner. This position will also serve as a liaison between and amongst federal, state and local law enforcement entities on any criminal matters that impact or effect the State of Colorado. This position will assist other parts of the Special Prosecutions Unit and Criminal Justice Section as needed.

This recruitment may also be used to fill other Criminal Investigator positions in the Special Prosecutions Unit.

Minimum Qualifications: Please document all relevant experience in detail on your application. Experience will not be inferred or assumed. Any part-time experience listed will be prorated. 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study directly related to the work assignment; AND
  • Two years as a fulltime sworn detective or sworn criminal investigator at the felony level for a government law enforcement agency as the main function of your job.
    • Experience must include filing felony level criminal cases in a criminal court as the lead investigator.

Experience must be as a sworn detective or sworn criminal investigator as the main function of the job. Experience such as patrol work or other experience that only include investigations as an ancillary component of the job will not meet the minimum qualifications. 

Note: Candidates possessing a foreign degree must submit a translation (evaluation) of their degree from an accredited institution, such as The National Association of Credential Evaluations Services in order to be given credit for the degree.


  • Investigative experience as a sworn detective or sworn criminal investigator at the felony level for a government law enforcement agency may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Required Competencies: The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are required for this position and will be considered during the selection process, including examination and/ or interview:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated work experience managing or leading large-scale or complex investigations;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate concisely and effectively;
  • Customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work on a team;
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the minimum qualifications, if you possess any of the following specifically include the details on your application, as this information will be used to assess your qualifications and may be used to determine a top group of applicants.

  • Acted as the lead investigator on a minimum of 50 felony level cases;
  • Investigative experience in complex investigations that could include, but is not limited to, violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA), fraud investigations, homicides, or human trafficking;
  • Certified Fraud Examiner credentials from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners;
  • Undergraduate or graduate schoolwork in accounting, finance, or criminology (please include a copy of your transcript);
  • Previous experience training law enforcement personnel;
  • Ability to interpret and translate Spanish.

 Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Candidates must be Colorado P.O.S.T. certified at the time of application. In accordance with C.R.S. §24-31-303 (5)(a) and (b), applicants must be Colorado P.O.S.T. certified, including the requirement of completing a physical and psychological evaluation (if it has been more than three years since a physical and psychological evaluation has been conducted).  Following a conditional job offer, but prior to appointment, a candidate not meeting the requirement of C.R.S. §24-31-303(5)(b) will be subject to a physical and psychological evaluation to determine fitness to serve as a peace officer. Must be proficient with a handgun.  Must be available, sometimes on short notice, to travel within and outside the State of Colorado.  Must be available to work nights and/or weekends when necessary to conduct fast-paced investigations, execute search warrants, or prepare for trial.   Applicants must pass a thorough criminal and personal background check, including a review of the personnel file from prior employment.
  • This position will be a hybrid work arrangement, working both remotely and in office. Hybrid working arrangements for the Special Prosecutions Unit requires that the successful candidate works the majority of the week in the office.
  • Position may be required to work outside of regular business hours, including possible early mornings, evenings, weekend, and overnight assignments. Position must have a valid CO driver’s license.

Please view the full job announcement for more information, including information about compensation and benefits, and to apply online.

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