Civilian Accident Investigator Job at City of Arvada, CO, Arvada, CO

  • City of Arvada, CO
  • Arvada, CO

Job Description

Salary : $66,916.44 - $91,498.08 Annually

Location : Arvada, CO

Job Type: Benefited Full Time

Job Number: 2024-00116

Department: Department of Public Safety

Opening Date: 06/14/2024

Closing Date: 6/28/2024 11:59 PM Mountain

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Position Purpose

The City of Arvada promotes Equal Pay for Equal Work. Starting salary will be determined by the applicant's education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity. The range listed reflects the entire range and typical placement is entry to mid range.

Process includes: Application, Personal History Questionnaire, Interview, Polygraph, Psychological Evaluation, Background, Drug Screen.

Performs traffic accident field investigation. Patrols an assigned area of the City to enforce laws and ordinances related to the parking of motor vehicles; responds to a variety of traffic collisions to assist with investigating and taking accident reports; assists with traffic control; and performs related work as may be required.

Job Functions / Scope of Authority

  • Enforces all city ordinances, and regulations pertaining to the parking of vehicles on public and private property.
  • Evaluates information and determines the priority of actions necessary to conduct an investigation and prepare reports.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and documents detailed accident reports including identifying potential items of evidence.
  • Issues parking citations and warnings to violators.
  • Stores and impounds vehicles when necessary for parking in violation of state laws and city ordinances
  • Immobilizes vehicles for unpaid parking citations.
  • Responds to a variety of traffic collisions and incidents, interviews involved parties, witnesses and victims of accidents.
  • Prepares written reports, forms, and diagrams documenting accident investigation
  • Assists sworn police officers with accident investigation and interviewing witnesses at major accidents involving injuries and/or fatalities.
  • Investigates hit & run collisions.
  • Directs traffic at collisions, special events, malfunctioning traffic signals, or wherever necessary.
  • Observes intersection and arterial traffic flow.
  • Assists shift patrol officers with crime scene processing.
  • Conducts interviews at the police department or over the phone of victims, suspects, and/or employees and witnesses.
  • Retains organizational chain of custody paperwork for electronic filing submissions.
  • Testifies in civil and criminal court on behalf of the police department
  • Serves summonses, subpoenas, and notices
  • Prepares a variety of reports on incidents and police actions both manually and electronically.
  • Prepares a variety of reports on incidents and police actions both manually and electronically.
  • Retains organizational chain of custody paperwork for electronic filing submissions.
  • Provides assistance to police officers, city staff, district attorney's office, other police departments and other government agencies.
  • Assists in preparation of material developed in investigations for presentations in court and/or testifies in court.
  • Contacts police/city staff, citizens, law enforcement or government agencies, and attorneys by using various communication tools to facilitate investigations.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and to adhere to traffic laws.
  • Demonstrates a respectful attitude towards customers and coworkers that promotes teamwork, open communication, and effective customer service.
  • Acts with the customer in mind, responds to requests promptly and provides effective services or solutions for customers.
  • Exercises appropriate level of initiative and judgment to make decisions within the scope of assigned authority.

  • Strong knowledge of State of Colorado traffic laws.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and administrative procedures.
  • Knowledge of investigative resources and computer databases such as CCIC, NCIC, DMV, Colorado Secretary of State, Homeland Security, State and County Court databases, Social Security Administration, police databases and people searching databases.
  • Requires a strong knowledge and experience base with public contact work, investigative procedures and law enforcement.
  • Requires the proficient skill and ability to use office computer software, tools and equipment including word processing and publishing software, Records Management Systems, computer scanners, facsimile machines and printers.
  • Requires a command of the English language and proper grammar and the ability to multitask and prioritize responsibilities.
  • Requires strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to write detailed, concise and accurate reports, memos, and letters.
  • Basic knowledge of investigative resources and computer databases such as CCIC, NCIC, DMV, Colorado Secretary of State, Homeland Security, State and County Court databases, Social Security Administration, police databases and people searching databases.
  • Ability to prepare narrative reports explaining investigative activity and findings and justifying prosecution of a case.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to effectively communicate information, both verbally and in writing, to support organizational objectives and interact with all levels of personnel within the city in a positive and cooperative manner.
  • Ability to work shifts, evenings, weekends, holidays and/or on-call hours.

  • Other duties as required.

-Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job-


Non-sworn civilian employee with enforcement authority. Receives general supervision under the direction of the Police Sergeant. Plans own work activities and prioritizes tasks. Works independently or as a team member to meet defined work plans and objectives and recommendations. Detailed procedures cover the majority of the work. Expected to make decisions based on organizational policy and/or precedent, occasionally expected to handle different and specialized situations in functional area.

Financial Accountability:

No financial responsibility.

Working Environment / Qualifications


The work environment/physical activities described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

Work is primarily performed outdoors in all weather conditions and moderate to loud noise levels, and in an office environment with low to moderate noise levels. Frequently performs work near moving mechanical parts, and occasionally wet humid conditions, high precarious places, extreme cold or extreme heat. Physical effort and activities include: Frequent driving of a City-owned or personal motor vehicle to perform site inspections and investigations, ability to constantly talk, hear, taste or smell odors, use hands and fingers to manipulate objects, and frequently stand, walk, sit and reach with hands and arms. Occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Visual acuity is required to operate a motor vehicle and make general observations and inspections. Occasionally handles objects weighing up to 50 pounds, and up to 10 pounds frequently. This position may be required to work shifts, evenings, holidays and/or on-call hours.


Associate's Degree and three (3) years' experience in public sector, investigative, law enforcement or related field. A valid Colorado driver license is required. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will also be considered.

Must be a minimum of 21 years of age, ability to obtain and maintain certifications and proficiency in all job related required areas such as CPR, Precision Driving and CCIC/NCIC Crime Computer.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience, training or coursework related to the field of parking enforcement and traffic accident investigation.

Vision Mission Values

The City is an Equal Employment Opportunity

The City's Core values are in every employee's individual Performance Plan which helps us to reinforce our expectations for living and working by our Core Values.

Every City employee is expected to perform his/her job to the highest professional standards. This includes upholding the City's values with integrity and accountability, acting in a manner that is respectful and inclusive towards others, and adhering to the City's policy on employee conduct as detailed in the personnel rules sec. 70-143.

Vision: We Dream Big and Deliver

Mission: We are dedicated to delivering superior services to enhance the lives of everyone in our community.


Innovation: We excel in creativity, flexibility and the use of best practices while valuing diverse backgrounds, ideas and perspectives.

Passion: We are a high performing, inclusive team inspiring each other to pursue excellence.

Opportunity: We value our diversity, embrace possibilities, face challenges, persevere and take action to deliver quality results.

City of Arvada Police Department THE MISSION We, the members of the Arvada Police Department, pledge RESPECT For the law, our community, and one another DEDICATION To service and professionalism RESPONSIBILITY For public safety and ethical conduct WE WILL ALWAYS STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE.

Full Time Employee Benefits

All benefited new employees hired after January 1, 2023 will receive a bank of 40 hours of New Hire Leave that can be used at any time. Part time benefited hires will receive a prorated amount based on the number of hours worked.

The City of Arvada offers employees an excellent benefit package
The City of Arvada values the contributions each employee makes every day toward the success of the organization and community. The importance of being able to provide our employees and their families with quality benefits as part of their overall compensation package is a high priority. As a result, the City has developed a comprehensive benefits package that delivers quality and value while satisfying the diverse needs of our workforce.
To be eligible, full-time and part-time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours per week are eligible for benefits for themselves, their spouse, their same-sex partner, and their dependent children. New hires are eligible for insurance the first day of the month following one full calendar month of employment following their hire date.

The City of Arvada offers employees a competitive pay plan

The City of Arvada Pay Plan reflects the City's Total Compensation Philosophy. This philosophy includes being an employer of choice in the Denver/Boulder region by attracting and retaining highly talented and engaged employees. Developed in partnership with the members of City Council, this philosophy serves to guide staff in the management of the City's compensation practices. It ensures that the pay plan is updated with competitive market-based salaries, and managed in a manner that is fiscally responsible and within the City's ability to fund. The Pay Plan can be found

Benefits Summary

The City of Arvada Pay Plan is specifically designed to help you further understand the highlights of the benefit options offered. That information can be found Additionally, the City offers a bank of 40 hours of New Hire Leave for full time employees hired after January 1, 2023.

For more information about employee benefits, please visit


What best describes your highest level of education?
  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Associates Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
  • Doctorate


What best describes your years of experience in public sector, investigative, law enforcement or related field?
  • No Experience
  • 1-2 years experience
  • 3-5 years experience
  • 6+ years


The City of Arvada observes Federal laws regarding marijuana. Have you ingested marijuana in ANY form within the past 12 months?
  • Yes
  • No


Are you 21 years of age or older?
  • Yes
  • No


Your completed application will be used as a screening tool to evaluate your knowledge, skills and experience. The information completed in your application should correspond with your supplemental questions if applicable. Answers such as "see resume" or "see attached" are not acceptable answers while completing your application and supplemental questions. The information you are providing will be reviewed by the hiring manager within the department. Falsification of information may eliminate you from consideration or result in dismissal.
  • Yes - I understand and agree
  • No - I do not agree

Required Question

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Part time, Bank staff, Outdoor, Shift work, Weekend work, Afternoon shift,

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