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Sergeant - Field Investigator : Animal Care Services

at City of Indianapolis and Marion County, IN

Pay: up to $42000/year
$42000 - $
Posted: 5/22/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2278428
Keywords: police, response

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Summary

Position is responsible for investigating possible ordinance and criminal violations involving animals and taking appropriate enforcement action and for supervising Animal Care and Control Officers in the investigation and enforcement of ordinances and statutes relating to animals.

Position Responsibilities

Investigates complaints regarding violations of laws regarding animals and takes appropriate enforcement action, including issuance of citations and court summonses and providing testimony in legal proceedings.

Inspects animal related facilities and events to ensure compliance with applicable laws, including, but not limited to, kennels, pet stores, groomers, carriage horse enterprises, and circuses.

Provides supervision and training for all Animal Care and Control Officers.

Assists Animal Care and Control Officers as necessary to maintain appropriate level of response to citizen complaints.

Ensures all investigations are completed in a timely and thorough fashion.

Ensures all citations and complaints are properly completed, accompanied by written reports and other documents, and delivered to appropriate agencies in a timely fashion.

Monitors activity of Animal Care and Control Officers through review of daily reports and supervision in the field.

Ensures appropriate procedures are followed for the preparation and submission of samples for testing for rabies.

Ensures all animals on investigation and/or quarantine holds are released from hold and appropriately routed upon expiration of holding periods.

Assigns work schedules.

Creates and maintains records regarding enforcement and administrative operations as necessary.

Performs a variety of community relation functions.

Provides assistance and recommendations to the division administrator and assistant administrator of enforcement operations in preparing information, policies, and procedures based on knowledge of current and changing needs.

Captures, impounds, quarantines, and euthanizes animals.

Initiates disciplinary action and commendation as appropriate with the concurrence of the division administrator or assistant administrator of enforcement operations.

Provides information to the public and other agencies as appropriate regarding investigations and impoundments of animals, City ordinances, and Animal Care and Control policies and procedures.

Maintains assigned vehicle in a clean condition and ensures proper working condition on a daily basis.

Maintains and is responsible for all assigned equipment.

Supervises the maintenance of division equipment and facilities.

Handles special assignments as required.

Assists the division administrator and assistant administrator of enforcement operations with the interviewing and selection of new hires in enforcement operations.

Provides supervision and support to all other areas of the division as needed.

Coordinates with division staff and other agencies and officials in the prevention of rabies.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


Associate's Degree in Criminology or relevant area preferred. Two (2) years of relevant work experience will substitute for each year of college. Prefer applicants with two (2) years of law enforcement-related experience (e.g., law enforcement, security, public safety, corrections, code enforcement, or criminal justice) and/or one (1) year of animal-related experience (e.g., veterinarian technician or kennel attendant). The candidate must successfully complete a pre-employment physical/agility test, driving test, background check, and a written aptitude/psychological examination. Must be at least 21 (twenty one) years old and possess a valid Indiana driver's license and have a good driving record, and must be a resident citizen of the United States or have the right to work in the United States. Must be able to drive a one (1) ton van. Must be knowledgeable in city geography. Must possess ability and physical strength to handle, control, and load animals in excess of fifty (50) pounds. Must be qualified to receive and maintain special police powers, including the successful completion of any necessary training. Must have or be able to attain NACA (National Animal Control Association) certification upon employment. Must not have been dishonorably discharged from the military. Must obtain and maintain IDACS (Indiana Data and Communication System) certification. Must possess the ability to learn and apply applicable civil and criminal laws, investigative and evidence processing techniques, and established policies and procedures. Must possess ability to supervise, motivate, and train staff. Must possess ability to become proficient in the use of law enforcement information systems, police radio procedures, and issued equipment and weapons, including tranquilizer gun. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Word and Excel. Must possess and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form and to effectively present court testimony. Must possess the ability to hear, visual acuteness, and have mobile use of hands and feet.

Independent Judgment

Position requires prioritization of assignments and activities. While actions are controlled in part by established policies and procedures and civil/criminal laws, the work is generally performed independently. A high degree of independent judgment is required relating to the responsible use of division equipment.