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District Attorney Investigator Cover Letter

Nathaniel Wimmer
4567 Ritter Avenue
Utica, MI 48317
(123)-658-2524
[email]

Job Objective Inspiring District Attorney Investigator with proven track record seeking position with well-established firm.

Summary of Qualifications:

  • Profound knowledge of the rules of evidence and courtroom procedures
  • In-depth knowledge of the enforcement and investigative procedures utilized by law enforcement agencies
  • Familiarity with Home Office Departments, Environmental, Audit, Risk Management, Real Estate, Tax and Treasury
  • Ability to read, understand, and correctly interpret court orders, official documents
  • Ability to gather, analyze and evaluate facts and evidence
  • Ability to gather information and evidence through interview, interrogation and observation

Work Experience:

District Attorney Investigator, August 2005 – Present
Kiewit, Utica, MI

  • Tracked and interviewed witnesses and suspected persons and reviewed and evaluated their testimony.
  • Analyzed and evaluated a variety of records to secure information concerning suspected crimes.
  • Prepared detailed and comprehensive reports on all phases of investigations.
  • Initiated criminal and civil complaints relating to child support matters.
  • Developed and maintained contact with informational sources.
  • Testified in court, served subpoenas and arrest warrants.

District Attorney Investigator, May 2000 – July 2005
Safe Horizon, Utica, MI

  • Conducted routine investigations in assigned areas of criminal and civil investigation in support of prosecuting attorneys.
  • Tracked and interviewed persons for the purpose of acquiring statements and depositions.
  • Inspected crime scenes and examined documents and determined what evidence can be taken and used.
  • Assisted prosecutors in preparing draft court orders, out of state witness orders and similar instruments.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY


There's a lot of reasons to become an investigator: maybe you care about truth and justice, or maybe you are hoping that you'll be another Sherlock Holmes. District attorney investigators conduct investigations, both independently and as part of a larger team. They must have solid intuition, strong initiative, and precise judgment to conduct their investigations. The ability to assess an investigation as "elementary" doesn't hurt, either.

Contact the district attorney's office in your area to determine how much higher education you need for the job. The requirements may be different in certain states, but generally require at least two years of higher education with classes in criminology, police science, public administration, business administration, or fields that closely relate to these.

Verify the work experience required by calling the district attorney's office. For experience, you generally need at least three years of experience as a peace officer with responsibilities that include investigation. Years as a police woman or a soldier can help, but forget about lighter assignments -- like your tenure as as mall security. For licensing, you generally need a valid state driver's license and the equivalent of an intermediary certificate in your state's peace officer training.

Complete at least three years of classes as a police officer: this time will be a lot less fun than the Police Academy movies made it seem. If you do not already have all of the minimum requirements previously mentioned, you must complete them before you can search and apply for district attorney investigator jobs.

Search for jobs. Check with district attorney's offices in the local area, and consult any of your old contacts on the police force who may know of openings. Visit city, county and state websites to scope out openings. Determine which jobs require that you be a local resident: this can allows you to focus on jobs that might be easier to obtain.

Apply for your chosen job. In your cover letter, do the usual song-and-dance about how your specific experiences and education concerning the law make you the best candidate. It doesn't hurt to tug on their heartstrings a bit in your cover letter: emphasize the passion you have for safeguarding the law and ensuring the safety of your family and your community.

 

About the Author

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