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Rackets Investigator at New York County District Attorney's Office in New York, New York

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description

Division/Unit: Worker Protection Unit

Position Title: Rackets Investigator

Civil Service Title: Rackets Investigator

Salary Range: $64,067 - $67,930

Job Description:

The New York County District Attorney's Office (DANY) has an opening for an Investigator to join the Rackets Bureau's Worker Protection Unit (WPU) and its Construction Fraud Task Force. This unit investigates wage theft, construction fatalities and injuries, workplace safety hazards, and fraud against workers, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations. The WPU collaborates with community groups and worker rights groups to protect marginalized communities and partners with city, state, and federal agencies to make cases that have an industry-wide impact. In this position, the Investigator will assist the unit with both long-term and short-term investigations related to worker safety and exploitation. In this position, under supervision, with some latitude for independent judgment and initiative, the Investigator is responsible for conducting a wide variety of criminal investigations. This is a sworn police officer position. The candidate must meet all qualifications to be certified as a police officer on the NYS DCJS Police registry. This position requires you to have successfully completed police academy training in New York State and you are required to pass a mandatory background check to carry a firearm.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing cases based on tips and leads referred to WPU by other agencies, community groups, and hotline complaints.
  • Contact and interview witnesses and victims, often after business hours.
  • Conducting, managing, and updating on-going investigations of various types of crimes such as: wage theft, worker exploitation, safety lapses, and public safety issues.
  • Collaborating with community groups, nonprofits, and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Conducting fieldwork, consisting of surveillance and various undercover operations.
  • Reviewing facts to ascertain their validity.
  • Preparing comprehensive narrative reports.
  • Executing search and arrest warrants.
  • Testifying at grand jury, criminal trials, and all other court proceedings.
  • Performing background investigations on employees, contractors, and registrants.
  • Perform field visits to businesses, communities, and other contacts.
  • Gather information through collateral contacts, financial institutions, and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Use various City databases to perform background and information searches, such as: eJustice, IIS, IFCOM, Webcrims, Google, and various watchdog registries.
  • Work in an undercover capacity.
  • Work on special projects and tasks, as assigned by the Chief Investigator.

In addition to the Minimum Qualification Requirements, all candidates must possess the following:

  • Must have a valid NYS driver's license.
  • Must pass a medical exam, drug test, psychological screening, and an intensive background check.
  • As per NY Public Officers Law 2, §3-B, U.S. citizenship required.
  • Fluency in Spanish.

Preferred Requirements/Skills:

  • Must possess critical thinking skills and strong research ability. Experience working with vulnerable populations.
  • Interest in workers' rights, immigrant rights, and/or public safety.
  • Ability to conduct confidential and sensitive investigations.
  • Ability to communicate investigative results to other team members and to testify in court.
  • regarding investigative results required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written, and verbal skills required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple long-term and short-term projects.
  • Ability to follow directions and apply proper policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Strong attention to detail and high concern for data accuracy.
  • Dependable team player who works collaboratively and cooperatively with staff in a
  • team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff and other law enforcement agencies.


  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

How to Apply:
  • Apply with a Cover Letter and Resume.

Additional Information:

  • Current office employees: To be eligible for a transfer or promotion, staff must have already served at least one year in their current position and be in good standing. In addition, must meet the minimum qualifications of the position.
  • Authorization to work in the United States is required for this position.
  • As a current or prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. Please review the notice to see if you may be eligible for programs and how to apply at .

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college; or
  2. High school graduation and two years of full-time paid experience in police enforcement or investigative work;
  3. A satisfactory equivalent.

Public Svc Loan Forgiveness:
  • As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's website at

Residency Requirement:
  • City Residency is not required for this position.

The New York County District Attorney's Office is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.About Us

The New York County District Attorney's Office serves and protects the People of New York through the fair administration of justice, without fear or favor. The Office's professional staff perform a variety of key functions, including supporting the Trial, Investigation, and Appeals Divisions, as well as other prosecution support and office functions. Our support staff receive a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, as well as unparalleled opportunities for professional development.

The New York County District Attorney's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. Given the diverse nature of our community, the ability to work with people of different backgrounds is critical. The Office seeks to have a staff that reflects the diversity of the community that we serve. To that end, all applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law. These protections extend to all management practices and decisions, including recruitment and hiring practices, appraisal systems, promotions, training, and career development programs.About the Team

The Professional Staff Recruitment Team at DANY supports the Office's initiatives to have a staff that reflects the diversity of the community that we serve. We seek employees that are interested in a career in the public sector and will support the Office's initiative of Moving Justice Forward.

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