Pattern and Practice Investigator


Consumer Protection
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Salary Range:
$72,000.00 - $108,972.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Civil Rights
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Friday, November 3, 2023
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The Consumer Protection Section is seeking an experienced Compliance Investigator to work with a team dedicated to protecting Coloradans’ legal rights from patterns or practices of misconduct by government entities. You will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of complex cases and collaborate with attorneys and paralegals committed to an important and fulfilling mission. Your casework will have a valuable impact on the community while also offering work-life balance. If you’re interested in joining a dynamic team of public servants, apply today!

This position is open only to Colorado state residents. 

The Pattern and Practice Unit investigates and seeks to remedy violations of law by governmental authorities that engage in a pattern or practice of violating rights secured by federal or state law. The Compliance Investigator partners with attorneys to identify governmental authorities potentially engaged in pattern-and-practice violations; investigates such violations; creates remedies to eliminate the violations of law; and, as necessary, pursues civil litigation to obtain those remedies.

The successful candidate will conduct civil investigations of government agencies to determine whether they have patterns or practices that deprive persons of the rights, privileges, and immunities protected by state or federal laws. This may include looking at concerns of excessive force or biased policing, as well as violations of rights by non-law-enforcement entities.

The position will pursue and support pattern-and-practice investigations including complex cases, by reviewing incoming complaints and other sources of potential violations by government authorities; conducting and supporting witness interviews; obtaining, reviewing and analyzing documents; conducting community outreach; and assisting with monitoring compliance with any imposed remedies.

Duties include:

  • Conduct interviews with targets, victims, witnesses, regulatory officials and others as needed.
  • Collect documentary evidence; examine records including police reports, medical records, official municipal records, and government program data; assist with drafting civil investigative demands; and rearrange data into a useable format, such as spreadsheets and databases
  • Compiles data by collecting documentary evidence, executes subpoenas and reviews electronic data (including online)
  • Analyze gathered information to determine the existence and scope of  civil wrongdoing
  • Provide investigative, supervisory, and logistical assistance on assigned cases

Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

This recruitment may also be used to fill other Criminal or Compliance Investigator II positions at the Department of  Law.


  • Six years of professional experience enforcing and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations of government entities, investigative journalism, auditing, or complaint intake.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution  AND
  • Two years of professional experience enforcing and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations of government entities, investigative journalism, auditing, or complaint intake.


  • A master’s degree and one year professional experience enforcing and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations of government entities, investigative journalism, auditing, or complaint intake.

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.

  •  Colorado P.O.S.T. certified at the time of application
  • Experience with complex criminal and compliance cases, determining investigation strategy, assembling evidence for case development and prosecution through evidentiary hearings and trial
  • Knowledge and experience investigating civil rights,consumer fraud or financial investigations
  • Ability to compile and evaluate complex sets of data using spreadsheets, databases or other tools
  • Experience with on-line research and background assessment tools
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent judgment and decision making
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must pass a thorough criminal and personal background check, including a review of the personnel file from prior employment.
  • Position may be required, sometimes on short notice, to work outside of regular business hours, including possible early mornings, evenings, weekend, and overnight assignments as necessary to conduct fast-paced investigations, and prepare for trial.
  • Position must have a valid CO driver’s license and may be required to travel within and outside the State of Colorado.

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

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