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OHS Investigator VI

State of Hawai’i

Investigator VI

Office of Homeland Security

| Branch: Intelligence Enforcement Unit

| Geographic Location: Honolulu

Duties Summary

This position is responsible for planning, directing, supervising, and coordinating the activities of the Intelligence Enforcement Unit and reviewing the work of subordinate Investigators engaged in investigations activities that to pertain all crimes and homeland security related threats. The duties involve exercising all powers of police officers in accordance with Chapter 3530C4, Hawaii Revised Statues (HRS) and having direct participation involving highly complex investigations through the indictment and prosecution process.

To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements:
A. Knowledge:

  • Graduation from a U.S. law enforcement academy
  • Clear understanding of the Intelligence cycle/process; intelligence-led policing
  • Criminal and Intelligence investigations management
  • Understanding of 28-CFR-23 and CR/CL
  • Understanding of and/or experience with implementing and managing case management or records management systems
  • Experience with criminal court procedures and testimony
  • Interviewing methods and techniques
  • The jurisdiction and functions of various governmental agencies and departments
  • Principles and practices of supervision
  • Laws and precedents concerning search, seizure, and arrest

B. Skills/ Abilities:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across diverse stakeholder groups
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Interprets laws, rules, and regulations
  • Analyze and solve law enforcement problems
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Prepare case records
  • Understand the psychology of human behavior
  • Instruct and advise other in the performance of investigative tasks

C. Educations:

  • Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a bachelor’s degree.

Excess work experience as described under the Specialized Experience, below, or any other responsible administrative, professional or analytical work experience that provide such knowledge, skills, and abilities comparable to those acquired in four (4) years of successful study while completing a college or university curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree may be substituted on a year-for-year basis. To be acceptable, the experience much has been such scope, level, and quality as to assure the possession of comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities.

D. Experience:

Specialized Experience
Four and a half (4 ½) years of progressively responsible professions investigative experience which demonstrated: (1) initiative, resourcefulness, judgment require to collect, assemble, develop facts and other pertinent data; (2) ability to think logically and objectively, to analyze and evaluate facts, evidence and relation information, and arrive at sound conclusions; (3) skill in preparing written and oral reports and presenting investigative findings in a clear and concise manner and (4) tact, discretion, and capacity for obtaining the cooperation and confidence of others.

For the Investigator VI level, at least one (1) year of experience must have been comparable to the Investigator V level, or two (2) years must have been comparable to the Investigator IV level in the State service.

Supervisory Aptitude
Investigator VI positions must possess supervisory aptitude. Supervisory aptitude is the demonstration of aptitude or potential for the performance of supervisory duties though successful completion f regular assignments which involve some supervisory responsibilities or aspects of supervision, e.g., by serving as a group or team leader or in similar work in which opportunities for demonstrating supervisory capabilities exist; or by the completion of training courses in supervision accompanied by application of supervisory skills in work assignments and/or favorable appraisals by a supervisor indicating the possession of supervisory potential.
Administrative Aptitude
Applicants for Investigator VI positions must possess administrative aptitude. Administrative aptitude will be considered to have been met when there is strong affirmative evidence of the necessary administrative aptitudes and abilities. Such evidence may be in the form of success in regular or special assignments or projects which involved administrative problems (e.g. in planning, organizing, promotion and directing a program, including policy and budgetary considerations; and/or providing staff advice and assistance in such matters); interest in administration demonstrated by the performance of work assignments in a manner which clearly indicates awareness of administrative problems and the ability to solve them; completion of educational or training courses in the area of administration accompanied by the application of the principles, which were learned to work assignments; management’s observation and evaluation of the applicant’s leadership and administrative capabilities; success in trial assignments to managerial and/or administrative tasks.

E. Required Licenses, Certificates, etc.:

  • Must meet current State and Federal Gun Control Act [Title 18, United States Code, Section 922 (g)(9)], requirements applicable to the possession and use of firearms.
  • Incumbent must be able to qualify with a departmentally authorized handgun on a biannual basis.
  • A valid license to drive in the State of Hawaii is required.
  • Proof of successful completion of a United States law enforcement training course.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States to be able to go through the process of obtaining and maintaining a security clearance.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET or TOP-SECRET security clearance issued by the United States Government. Failure to obtain or maintain the required level of security clearance during the initial probationary period and maintain required security clearance during the entire length of employment may result in loss of employment or a transfer to another position.

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 127A-8, all state and county officials, officers, and employees are considered “emergency workers” and shall perform functions as determined by their respective state or county department director during emergencies or disasters.


A. Administrative Planning & Program Development

  1. Establishes and directs the implementation for effective and efficient performance within the various aspects of the Intelligence Security Unit in conformance with the requirements of federal and State laws, rules, regulations and Departmental policies and procedures.
  2. Provides managerial direction to the Intelligence Security Unit and ensures the effective application of modern administrative and investigative technique.
  3. Reviews and analyzes the investigation of incidents, operational reports, and statistics to determine the need for improvements or whether investigations
    and/or other assignments were properly conducted, and deficiencies exist, take corrective action as necessary.
  4. Plans and determines long-range goals and intermediate objectives based on the assessment of the operations within the Intelligence Security Unit.
  5. Reviews and analyzes functions of the organizational segments; confers with subordinates to review operations and procedures; evaluates unit accomplishments and direct plans for development for future operations and improvements.
  6. Plan, directs, and coordinates activities that may involve federal, State, and county agencies in the enforcement of federal and State laws. Assesses, determines, and identifies involvement with other agencies and joint investigations.
  7. Determines policies, procedures, and methods for exchange of information with other federal, State and county investigative agencies.
  8. Reviews and approves program expenditures and personnel costs to insure that they are maintained within the authorized budget. Responsible for securing appropriate authorization of additional funds for projects that require resources above the approved budget; and negotiates the fees incurred for operational involving law enforcement or investigative activities provided to other agencies.
  9. Prepares reports of findings and responds to correspondence related to routine and/or sensitive issues for the Homeland Security Administrator, Director of Law Enforcement, and Governor as required.
  10. Plans, organizes, and supervises the revisions of and conducts special law enforcement training for departmental personnel. Plans and coordinates with educational program staff to provide assistant and guidance for their curriculum.

B. Supervisory Duties

  1. Determines the performance of and assures the assignments are complete and carried out as assigned by Homeland Security Office Administrator.
  2. Keeps abreast of new development related to law enforcement, such as revisions to the law and investigative techniques and coordinates training and implementation of these new changes for supervisor and/or staff. Reviews operational activities to determine the need for improvements or additional training for staff in collaboration with other investigative agencies.
  3. Assigns, supervises, and conducts cursory reviews of subordinates engaged in investigations for the Department. Responsible to ensure that the investigations such as terrorism, organized crime, cyberthreats, critical infrastructure threats, and other criminal offenses covered by the Hawaii Penal Code and Chapters 707-712, HRS are done properly and completed on a timely basis.
  4. Directs and/or supervises periodic statewide inspections for compliance of the Standards of Conduct and policies and procedures at correctional facilities and law enforcement divisions as instructed by the Director of Law Enforcement.
  5. Evaluates the work of subordinate supervisor staff in the performance of their duties through job appraisals assessments.
  6. Conducts interview for prospective new staff and makes appropriate recommendations for hiring.

C. Investigations and Coordination

  1. Conducts investigation involving complex, “high-profile” or extremely confidential and sensitive criminal matters as directed by the Homeland Security Administrator, Director of Law Enforcement, or Governor.
  2. Oversees and monitors various organized cyber and internet enabled crimes, and reporting findings to the Homeland Security Office Administrator and/or Director of Law Enforcement. Maintain an exchange of information between other State, Federal, and County agencies, as well as National and International police agencies.
  3. Execute arrest or search warrants and/or subpoenas issued by the result of an investigation and proper written reports to be submitted to the respective courts for criminal prosecution.

D. Other Duties as Assigned

Factors in Determining Essential Functions:

  1. The performance of this function is the reason that the job exists.
  2. The number of other employees available to perform this function is limited.
  3. The function is highly specialized, and the employees is hired for special expertise or ability to perform the function.


  • Hawaii State law requires that all State employees be Hawaii residents for the duration of their employment with the State. To learn more, please see: Information Sheet – Suspension of Residency Requirements for Applicants
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For more information about employment opportunities with the Department of Law Enforcement and the application process, please contact the Human Resources Office by phone at 808-587-5036 or by email at [email protected] (preferred).

The State of Hawaii is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable State and Federal laws relating to employment practices.