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Background Investigator

City of Champaign
$53,248-$60,618
Includes paid sick, personal, and vacation leave and 11 holidays per year as well as health and life insurance and a pension through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF)
United States, Champaign
102 N Neil St. (Show on map)
May 23, 2023

Do you have law enforcement or private investigative experience? Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community in a meaningful and impactful way? If your answer is “yes,” then consider applying today to be a Background Investigator with the Champaign Police Department. This position is authorized for two years.

Responsibilities of Position

Our Background Investigator serves an integral role in hiring members of the Champaign Police Department. They conduct thorough investigations to vet potential candidates for sworn and civilian positions within the department. This includes reviewing applicant background packets; collecting information about applicants through in-person, mail, email, and telephone interviews with applicants, employers, family members, references, etc.; critically reviewing details for omissions, inconsistencies, and areas in need of further clarification; participating in police officer recruitment; and creating and maintaining detailed records and reports.  

The annual starting salary range is $53,248 - $60,618, DOQ, plus an excellent fringe benefits package.  For first consideration, apply by Sunday, June 11, 2023. Position will remain open until filled.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Five years of law enforcement and/or investigative experience within the last ten years.
  • Or an equivalent combination of training and experience that demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Knowledge of investigative methods and techniques.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and guidance regarding background checks for civilian and sworn positions.
  • Availability to travel out of the local area and work nights/weekends, overtime, or alternate hours, as necessary.
  • Current valid state-issued driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Possess or be able to obtain, within approved timeframe, and maintain, L.E.A.D.S. and NCIC certification.
  • Ability to demonstrate confidentiality and protection of confidential information in compliance with privacy laws and requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An associate or bachelor’s degree with coursework in criminal justice or a related field. 
  • Prior background investigation experience.
  • Prior public sector law enforcement experience.

Drug screening, driving record check, and criminal background investigation will be required.

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