North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation – Statewide

Forensic Computer Agent

Closes: 05/01/2020

Description of Work

Salary Grade: GN15
Recruitment Range: $56,046.00 – $65,807.00
This SBI Criminal Specialist is a professional investigative position using the authority, jurisdiction and resources of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to assist local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and judicial officials and to exercise the statutory original jurisdiction of the Department. This is a sworn SBI position and is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act. SBI Agents are required to respond on a 24-hour, seven day a week basis and are required to work a 160-hour work period as a minimum. Overtime and on-call duty are required in this position.
The Criminal Specialist will serve as a Special Agent (Forensic Computer Agent) for the SBI and will investigate, analyze, and prepare for trial, complex and technical/computer related crimes and evidence. These crimes involve Internet crimes against children, violent crimes against people, threats made against public groups, financial crimes, and computer hacking. This position conducts investigations primarily involving computers, digital devices, and digital communications. Investigations include crimes such as child pornography, using a computer to solicit a minor to commit unlawful sex acts, communicating threats using the Internet, and other digital crimes. This position identifies suspects and their location using information obtained from IP addresses or other Internet routing information associated with their Internet activities, as well as determining the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred. This position assists local, state and federal law enforcement officers in seizing and forensically examining computer systems and digital devices.
This position analyzes computers and mobile devices for the evidence of a crime. This position make arrests, prepares comprehensive and detailed reports, including supporting documents such as email header information, connection logs, and computer audit trails, and link the various documents together in a cohesive package which a prosecutor can follow and present to a jury. The position is responsible for the analysis of digital evidence and is required to present and defend the results of said analysis as an expert witness in court. A significant percentage of the agent’s time will be spent working cases involving child pornography and/or crimes against children.
An SBI Agent must be able to accurately assess the potential consequences of alternative courses of action and select the one which is most acceptable. The employee in this position must be able to reach a decision quickly when faced with several alternate courses of action. The position requires that the employee be able to comprehend factual information and recall this information as it pertains to laws, statutes and codes. The SBI Agent must speak clearly and intelligently to individuals and groups, as well as over police radio and other electronic transmission equipment.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Listed below are the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) associated with this
position. These KSA’s, along with the minimum education and experience listed, are required in order to be deemed “eligible” for the position. Therefore, you must
demonstrate or provide supporting information within the body of your application to demonstrate your possession of each KSA listed.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • NC Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Certification.
  • Experience conducting criminal investigations involving computers and other digital devices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal laws involving computers and computer related crimes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a variety of computer software programs, operating systems, computer networks and/or programming languages.
  • Knowledge of computer security and experience involving extracting evidence that may be stored, hidden or encrypted.
  • The ability to use firearms, tools and equipment involved in evidence collection and preservation effectively.
  • The ability to establish and maintain favorable working relationships with other law enforcement agencies and officers.

Management prefers applicants with experience in Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)Task Force investigations.
Additional information to ApplicantsSelected candidates will undergo and must successfully complete a comprehensive
background investigation which includes a pre-employment polygraph examination, credit and arrest checks, interviews with associates, personal and business references, verification interviews of employers and neighbors, verification of education achievement, medical examination, urinalysis drug screening and psychological assessment.

A fitness assessment must be successfully completed for applicant to be eligible to enter the
polygraph phase of the selection process. A modified POPAT serves as the SBI physical fitness test.

The SBI Agent must be in and maintain a physical condition which permits certification by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for law enforcement officers.

The SBI Agent will be expected to adopt a reasonable grooming standard consistent with
professional standards and expectations, as well as take pride in his/her personal appearance and professional being. The employee in this position must have and maintain a level of personal conduct which, if exposed in court, would not detract from the credibility of his/her testimony.

This position requires the employee not to engage in behavior which would diminish community respect for trust in the law enforcement agency.

Applicant must graduate from the next available SBI Academy after being hired and meet any other applicable NC state statutory standards for law enforcement officers, as a condition of continued employment.

**All phases of the hiring process will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina.**Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and five years of law enforcement experience that included having the power to arrest; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Necessary Special Qualifications:  Applicant must have graduated from the SBI Academy and meet any other applicable North Carolina state statutory standards for law enforcement officers.