Employment Opportunity

DCI Special Agent in Forensics

South Dakota Office of the Attorney General - Division of Criminal Investigation, Pierre, South Dakota

Salary: $23.49 - $36.12 per hour, depending on experience

Final Filing Date: June 8, 2020

The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), a division of the Office of the Attorney General, is looking for highly motivated applicants to fill the role of a DCI Special Agent in Computer Forensics (ICAC). This position will work with the digital evidence lab to conduct forensic examinations of computer systems and analyze electronic evidence using acceptable forensic methods for multiple law enforcement agencies and task forces. Cases referred for examination involve the sexual exploitation of children, fraud, forgery, theft, homicide and drug violations to name a few.

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  • providing comprehensive assessments of investigative and prosecutorial needs within South Dakota as it relates to ICAC investigations and prosecutions;
  • interviewing witnesses and interrogating suspects;
  • conferring with the prosecuting attorney;
  • obtaining subpoena and warrant authorization or other documents to secure additional evidence from Internet Service Providers, cell phone companies, or other data storage sources;
  • collecting and processing physical evidence;
  • conducting surveillance of suspects or locations;
  • preparing final investigative reports of case findings and recommendation of criminal charges;
  • testifying as a witness in a court of law;
  • exchanging information and maintaining relationships with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities;
  • providing training and technical guidance to other law enforcement agencies in the agent's area of expertise;
  • developing and maintaining working relationships;
  • coordinating and collecting statistical data of ICAC related investigations and prosecutions;
  • investigating Cyber Tips received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and coordinating the assignments to investigators and other law enforcement agencies;
  • developing and conduct training programs for law enforcement, prosecutions, probation and parole to improve South Dakota ICAC prosecution, investigations, and forensic capabilities;
  • collecting, cataloging, and making available relevant material to law enforcement, prosecutions, probation and parole on the topic of combating the sexual exploitation of children.


Licenses and Certifications:
  • Applicants for the Agent I position are not required to have law enforcement experience or certification. Applicants for the Agent II positions must be certified law enforcement officers. Agent level assignment will be made based on the experience and education of the successful candidate.
Minimum Qualifications for Filing:
  • This position requires a completed bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. In lieu of a completed bachelor's degree, law enforcement experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • Law enforcement experience is preferred but not required.
Knowledge of:
  • memory structure;
  • computer systems theory;
  • networking and network application interfaces;
  • specification development and writing;
  • telecommunications theory;
  • network theory, network planning, design and evaluation;
  • distance communications systems (i.e., WAN);
  • computer systems facilities and support design and evaluation;
  • computer hardware and software;
  • operating systems and utilities;
  • application and user systems;
  • peripherals, networking, and computer assembly;
  • testing equipment;
  • hardware and software interfacing;
  • operational needs regarding data communications;
  • data storage and security;
  • agency rules/regulations and policies/procedures.
Skill in:
  • troubleshooting;
  • instructing;
  • testing;
  • operations analysis;
  • critical thinking;
  • solution appraisal;
  • product inspection;
  • judgment and decision making;
  • communicating effectively with others;
  • installation of hardware/software;
  • operation and control;
  • identification of key causes;
  • systems evaluation;
  • identifying downstream consequences;
  • maintenance/repair of equipment;
  • time management;
  • management of material/financial resources.
Ability to:
  • listen and communicate effectively;
  • apply general rules to specific problems to come up with logical answers;
  • recognize similarities or differences between individual characteristics;
  • combine separate pieces of information or specific answers to problems to form general rules or conclusions;
  • concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task over a period of time;
  • multi-task;
  • use basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office;
  • compile and maintain statistical data within Excel and/or related programs;
  • exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds;
  • stoop, kneel, crawl, crouch and endure prolonged standing;
  • move hands, feet and/or fingers easily and skillfully to manipulate small objects rapidly and accurately in accordance with visual stimuli;
  • work extremely well under pressure while maintaining a professional image and approach with citizens, coworkers, outside agencies etc.;
  • attend, comprehend, and implement additional training and skills in new software applications and forensic tools.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: May 21, 2020

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