Human Resources

Police Detective - Youth

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  Under the direction of the Police Chief or designee, conducts investigations of New York State Penal Law offenses perpetrated by juveniles.  The incumbent interviews juvenile suspects with parents present and secures oral and written statements from suspects.  The Police Detective-Youth does not normally exercise supervision over other departmental employees, but may occasionally work with/and coordinate investigative efforts of uniformed personnel.  Incumbents work closely with Family Court parents, schools and service providers in developing a disposition that is in the best interest of all parties involved.  Does related work, as required.

Responds to crime scenes to interview victims and witnesses and to assist in the gathering of physical evidence;
Conducts investigations of offenses perpetrated by juveniles.  Interviews juveniles, parents, victims and witnesses;
Takes statements; prepares reports, and files necessary paperwork with Family Court for J.D. petition or diversion through the Juvenile Diversion System;
Assists prosecuting attorneys in the preparation of juvenile cases for Grand Jury, trial or family court;
Transports juveniles to Family Court Detention and Children's Psychiatric Centers as required by Family Court Order or Mental Health Law;
Perform public speaking engagements to various groups on juvenile related topics and/or adult and juvenile crime prevention programs;
Performs adult background investigations and assists in other investigations as needed or assigned by supervisor.

The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed.  The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of the NYS Penal Law, Criminal Procedures Law and Family Court Act involving the rights of juveniles.  Good knowledge of Mental Health Law and motor vehicle and traffic laws.  Good knowledge of investigative techniques.  Ability to prepare clear, complete and accurate written reports, ability to speak publicly, integrity, physical condition commensurate with the demands of the job.



Two years of permanent, competitive status as a Police Officer within the department where the promotion is sought.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTMENT:  Possession of a valid New York State Operator's license at the time of appointment, and maintenance of such license throughout the tenure of employment in the position.