Police Forensic Interviewer
A Police Forensic Interviewer is responsible for the forensic interviewing of children and adolescents, as well as vulnerable adults, who are alleged to be victims of or eyewitnesses to abuse and/or violence, using research-based interview protocols and techniques in a developmentally appropriate manner to elicit factual information. Specified duties include: conduct videotaped interviews of victims or witnesses, prepare written documentation/reports of interviews, monitor interviews conducted by other members of the multi-disciplinary team, participate in case briefings and weekly staff meetings, participate in defense interviews, testify in civil and criminal court proceedings, remain current on research involving forensic interviewing, child abuse and current trends in the field, conduct monthly case review with members of the multi-disciplinary team, and may conduct interviews for other jurisdictions.
A Police Forensic Interviewer is a civilian classification. The position involves effectively interacting in a "one-on-one capacity" with various personalities of victims and witnesses, especially children; providing expert witness testimony in criminal and civil matters in a court of law; and electronically recording interviews as required by protocol. Supervision is received from the Special Victims Unit Sergeant assigned to the Mesa Family Advocacy Center. The work involves varying hours and days as required by the many different police investigations. This class is FLSA exempt-professional.
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Employee Values: All employees of the City of Mesa are expected to uphold and exhibit the City's shared employee values of Knowledge, Respect, and Integrity.
Minimum Qualifications Required. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in social services or other related field, preferably in the area of children's law and justice as it relates to child sexual abuse and family violence. A minimum of five years' experience in the field of child forensic interviewing, preferably in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Special Requirements. Due to the confidential, sensitive nature of information handled, successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph is required. Candidates given a conditional job offer will be required to pass a psychological evaluation.
Substance Abuse Testing. Due to the safety and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures.
Preferred/Desirable Qualification. Bilingual fluency (English/Spanish) is desirable.
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