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TheAgriculture Investigator is responsible for investigating agricultural crimes that affect any part of Arkansas’s diverse agricultural industry, and enforce the laws and regulations of

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Special Job Requirements:

Exposure to extreme weather conditions, rough terrain, and potentially hazardous and/or dangerous conditions is required. Exposure to danger exists in the performance of job duties.

Typical Functions:

Receives complaints dealing with felony and misdemeanor crimes, investigates complaints, collects evidence, interviews witnesses and suspects, prepares case files, presents case files to prosecutors, arrests suspects, testifies in court, and conducts internal investigations when requested. Patrols Arkansasforests for violations of Arkansas Department of Agriculture rules and regulations or other criminal violations. Assists Arkansas Department of Agriculture personnel in fire suppression efforts. Assesses agriculture crime prevention and educational needs, researches and prepares presentations and informational handouts on agriculture crime prevention and law enforcement, and conducts informational/ educational presentations or other activities for the public on agriculture crime prevention and law enforcement. Conducts needs assessments on law enforcement training; researches and prepares law enforcement training programs and courses to meet needs. Trains and assists other investigators in training agency law enforcement personnel and ensures all agency law enforcement personnel meet the minimum state standards for law enforcement officers. Maintains database of all law enforcement issued property. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of principles and practices of the Arkansas Criminal Justice system. Knowledge of investigative techniques and crime scene processing. Knowledge of fire prevention and suppression methods. Ability to work with the general public, other law enforcement personnel, and government officials. Ability to prepare and present training courses and educational programs. Ability to maintain detailed court-ready records and testify in court. Skill in the use of firearms, photography equipment, surveillance equipment, computers, audio equipment, and other law enforcement/training tools and aids.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education of a high school diploma; plus three years of experience in forestry, criminal justice, law enforcement, or a related field. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. Must obtain law enforcement certification in accordance with ACA 12-9-106. Must successfully complete required courses offered by the Criminal Justice Institute, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Arkansas Law Enforcement Standards Academy and qulify annually with the use of firearms. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Must possess basic certification as Law Enforcement Officer by the Commission of Law Enforcement STandards and Training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106 or obtain within nine (9) months of hire date.


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