Job: Background Investigator

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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

**This posting is scheduled to close on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12:00 noon, however is subject to close at any time without prior notice.  Thank you**

 The Background Investigation Division of the Aurora Police Department is looking for Background Investigators to conduct background investigations of applicants to determine suitability of employment as a Police Officer or civilian employee; and performs other and related work as required.

This is a Temporary, Part Time postition will not exceed 130 hours per month and is dependent on business needs.  There may be slow or busy periods during the year based on hiring needs.  This position also does not include any health benefits.

At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our work by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service.  We welcome all who share these values to apply.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification or termination once hired.
To be employed by the Aurora Police Department you will need to successfully pass a background check, polygraph test, and fingerprint screening, along with other conditions of employment; drug test and verification of employment.  Because of this, there is a longer recruitment process, we thank you in advance for your patience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts thorough and complete background investigations according to department policies, applicable laws, and procedural requirements
  • Reviews applications/personal history statements (and other documents, as required to determine suitability) for completeness and directs applicants to provide additional information if needed
  • Obtains proper information release documents
  • Contacts and conducts investigative interviews of applicants, applicant personal references and applicant employment references
  • Develops and pursues lines of inquiry
  • Gathers, verifies, and analyzes personal, professional, credit/financial, and educational documents
  • Contacts other agencies, governments, and professional organizations to obtain and verify information
  • Researches, obtains, and reviews data from various databases and information systems to verify information and/or check for inconsistencies related to applicant information
  • Prepares letters, reports and written summary of findings
  • Analyzes investigation results and draws logical and objective conclusions
  • Confers with hiring managers
  • Makes recommendations regarding suitability for employment
  • Responds to requests for information
  • Assists outside agencies when appropriately requested to provide background information regarding pervious applicant background investigation
  • Answers applicant questions
  • Refers requests or questions to managers, as appropriate
  • Attends training sessions, seminars and conferences
  • Trains and advises others as required
  • May be required to travel to interview sources and verify information

Minimum Qualifications

Education/Experience:  High School diploma or equivalent.  Two years performing employment applicant investigative work in a government or contract investigative agency: or Four year's experience as a full-time paid peace officer conducting investigations.  An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.  Retired Law Enforcement preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of investigation and research, including interviewing techniques, conflict management, and methods and techniques of negotiation
  • Electronic information systems to access data
  • Principles of identification, report writing and techniques
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and reporting
  • Research techniques, statistical analysis and data collection
  • Basic computer and modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to department operations
  • Relevant federal, state and local laws, codes, and ordinances related to the legal requirements of background investigations and hiring practices of applicants
Ability to:
  • Effectively evaluate suitability of an applicant and prepare sound recommendations based on research and analysis
  • Demonstrate sensitivity of diverse cultures and individuals
  • Work within stringent deadlines
  • Organize, prioritize and perform multiple tasks to complete work
  • Work independently
  • Read, comprehend and interpret complex written materials
  • Perform detailed work with accuracy
  • Exercise good judgment in safeguarding confidential and sensitive information
  • Exercise diplomacy when dealing with people in sensitive situations
  • Operate computers and related software
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with applicants, agencies, employees, and the general public
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

License: Possession of a valid Colorado driver's license

Working Conditions

Physical/Mental Requirements:


  • Frequent operation of a data entry device
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time
  • Driving
  • Flying
  • Occasional pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, and climbing

Frequently 5 pounds or less and occasional 5 to 30 pounds with or without assistance

Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision

Occasional reaching; grasping; frequent repetitive motion; writing

Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person

Constant decision making, concentration, and public contact; public speaking; dealing with emergency situations

Special Requirements
May require working overtime, weekends and nights; working alone

Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.


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