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JOB TITLE:  Detective        


DEPARTMENT:  Sheriff’s Department, Liberty County


JOB SUMMARY:  This position is responsible for investigating reported and suspected criminal activity.




o   Investigates crime scenes and related law enforcement problems; searches crime scenes by photographing and/or diagramming scenes and evidence, checking for latent fingerprints, and collecting and preserving any physical evidence present.


o   Investigates fire scenes to determine cause and origin.


o   Interviews and interrogates witnesses and suspects to gather information regarding incidents.


o   Investigates assigned cases:  gathers information, assists with the determination of the point at which cases are ready for prosecution, and appears in local, state, and federal courts to provide testimony regarding cases investigated; apprehends suspects and violators of the law. 


o   Determines whether probable cause exists to conduct searches, obtains search warrants, and conducts searches.


o   Prepares a variety of records and reports, including supplemental investigation, background investigation, internal investigation, and statistical reports; maintains case files.


o   May be designated as the department’s Forensic Psycho-Physiologist, polygraph expert; administers polygraph tests; analyzes and reports findings.


o   Provides case information to attorneys, other law enforcement officers, and outside agencies as requested.


o   Assists District Attorney's office with case preparation.


o   Maintains contacts with community members who may be able to provide information regarding criminal activities; seeks and develops sources of information.


o   Communicates with crime victims regarding their case status and activity.


o   Utilizes the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer networks to research cases.


o   Conducts stakeouts, undercover operations, and raids as necessary.


o   Patrols high-crime areas to detect and deter criminal activity.


o   May be assigned to investigate financial, juvenile, vice, homicide, drug, auto theft, property, robbery, assault, gang-related, and other crimes.


o   Testifies in and appears at judicial proceedings.


o   Monitors area pawn shops to locate and retrieve stolen property.


o   Participates in department training programs.


o   Performs other related duties as assigned.




o   Knowledge of federal and state laws, criminal and traffic laws, county ordinances, and department policies and procedures.


o   Knowledge of the geography and streets of the county.


o   Knowledge of criminal investigation methods.


o   Knowledge of fire investigation and determination methods.


o   Knowledge of the judicial process and criminal court procedures.


o   Skill in crime scene processing methods used to collect and preserve evidence for court admissibility.


o   Skill in the use of polygraph, photographic and surveillance equipment, audiovisual equipment, communications equipment, and various emergency equipment.


o   Skill in the use of general office equipment.


o   Skill in the use of firearms and self-defense techniques.


o   Skill in interview and interrogation techniques.


o   Skill in identifying and classifying drugs.



o   Skill in gathering, processing, recording, and filing evidence.


o   Skill in interpersonal relations.


o   Skill in oral and written communication.


SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The Captain-CID or Lieutenant-CID assigns work in terms of general instructions.  The supervisor spot-checks completed work for the nature and propriety of the final results.


GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include federal and state laws, criminal and traffic laws, county ordinances, and department policies and procedures.  These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but may require some interpretation in application.


COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of related duties in the investigation of criminal cases.  The volume of duties performed and variety of crimes encountered contribute to the complexity of the work. 


SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to investigate reported and suspected crimes.  Successful performance helps ensure the protection of the general public and furthers judicial processes.


PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with the general public, business owners, judges, attorneys, health care workers, co-workers, suspects, victims, juveniles and their parents, persons convicted of criminal acts, and law enforcement representatives from federal, state and local agencies.


PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, interrogate persons, and settle matters.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, running, walking, bending, crouching, or stooping.  The employee lifts light and heavy objects, uses equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, must be able to use the physical force necessary to arrest and restrain persons.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is typically performed both in an office and outdoors at crime and surveillance scenes.  The employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, life-threatening situations, and inclement weather.  The work requires the use of protective clothing and devices.







o   Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.


o   Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.


o   Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.


o   Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Police Standards Training Council for the State of Georgia.


Please visit our website ( and download an application. Return the completed application packet by mail or in Person to:

Liberty County Detectives Office

ATTN: Major Bill Kirkendall

175 Paul Sikes Dr.

Hinesville, Ga. 31313

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