If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit www.wisc.jobs and search for Job ID "11672" or "Special Agent (Arson Bureau)". We DO NOT accept applications from sources other than www.wisc.jobs
The deadline to apply for this job announcement is Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 11:59pm. For any questions, please contact Angie Rizner, Human Resources Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 347-9393.
Arson Bureau special agents are sworn law enforcement officers who provide assistance to local law enforcement agencies/fire departments and investigate crimes of statewide importance and/or those that require highly specialized investigative resources.
Arson Bureau special agents are also designated as Deputy State Fire Marshals within the Wisconsin State Fire Marshals Office. The primary responsibility of Arson Bureau special agents is to conduct fire and/or explosion investigations to determine the origin and cause of the incident. Arson Bureau special agents are armed with a handgun and handcuffs. Arson Bureau special agents occasionally wear ballistic vests and may also utilize law enforcement equipment such as rifles, shotguns, batons, or electronic control devices. Arson Bureau special agents conduct criminal investigations; perform undercover investigations and surveillance operations; execute search warrants; make arrests; prepare evidence and testify in court; process crime scenes; interview witnesses and interrogate suspects; maintain records and prepare reports; participate on teams; adapt and react to diverse situations; function in high stress situations.
Arson Bureau special agents are subject to strenuous physical activity and/or adverse environmental conditions, particularly when working in fire and/or explosion scenes. Arson Bureau special agents must be able to comply with OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134, use of air purifier respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus; must meet physical test requirements annually. Arson Bureau special agents must be able to kneel, crawl, walk, stoop, bend, climb ladders, have use of hands for carrying equipment (which may exceed 50 lbs.) to include generators, fans, lights, cameras, etc. Must be able to use shovels, rakes and other tools for excavation, examination and removal of fire debris to search for fire related patterns and evidence during a scene examination. Must be able to work in hazardous areas with unstable structures, as well as inclement weather conditions to include mud, rain, snow, ice, severe temperatures, and other environmental hazards.
Arson Bureau special agents work a varied schedule that may require night, weekend, and holiday hours. Work assignments regularly involve in-state travel, may require overnight stays, work during traditional off hours, and often require response to assignments on short notice. Must be eligible to drive when required for travel. Arson Bureau special agents are part of a compensated on-call rotation ensuring Arson Bureau resources are available 24/7.
Absent extenuating circumstances, newly hired Arson Bureau special agents are ineligible for internal reassignment for a minimum of five (5) years from their hire date given the extensive investment of training and equipment.
The Department of Justice does not sponsor work visas at the time of hire or anytime during employment. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required Employment Eligibility Form I-9.
Applicants must meet WI Law Enforcement Standards Board requirements, which include an extensive character and background investigation, including fingerprints, drug screening, psychological and medical testing which will be completed on all DCI sworn law enforcement applicants prior to selection. Applicants must also:
• Be at least 18 years of age upon appointment.
• Possess a general educational development diploma or be a high school graduate.
• Possess/be eligible to possess a Wisconsin driver’s license upon appointment.
• Have no unpardoned felony convictions or convictions of domestic violence offenses.
Additionally, candidates must be able to comply with OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134, use of air purifier respirators and self-contained breathing apparatus and must meet physical test requirements annually.
The minimally qualified candidate must be a sworn law enforcement officer with education, training and/or experience in the following:
• Writing affidavits, such as to obtain search warrants, court orders, and subpoenas.
• Interviewing and interrogating suspects.
• Processing crime scenes, such as gathering evidence, assessing the scene, securing chain of custody, securing the scene, etc.
• Preparing and presenting cases for prosecutorial review.
• Preparing detailed and accurate narrative investigative reports.
In addition to meeting the requirements in the minimally qualified category, the well-qualified candidate will be a sworn law enforcement officer with experience and one or more of the following:
• Leading investigations (directing investigative activities and resources, formulating investigative approach, and determining follow-up).
• Utilizing specialized investigative techniques such as conducting fixed and mobile surveillance, trap and trace, telephonic ping orders, GPS order, PEN register.
• Conducting specialized investigations such as those in financial crimes, violent crimes, arson, sensitive crimes, and cybercrime.
• Specialized training or specialized investigative certifications such as forensic interviewing, fraud examiner, clandestine lab response, etc.
• Possess experience investigating fires and/or explosions to determine the origin and cause of the incident.
• Successful completion of at least 20 hours of tested training relevant to the investigation of fires and/or explosions.
• Possess current industry recognized designations or certifications related to the investigation of fires and/or explosions.
NOTE: for sworn law enforcement officer applicants from outside Wisconsin - Reciprocity Requirements for becoming a certified law enforcement officer in Wisconsin can be found at: https://wilenet.widoj.gov/training-standards/officer-training-employment-and-reciprocity