The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division/Special Investigations Section is seeking a Special Agent. The position will be assigned to the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Unit. The employee will investigate civil and criminal violations of state tobacco laws and violations of the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement. The employee will effectively function as a member of a team and participate in collaborative problem solving, taking a leadership role as needed, and supporting the overarching goal of the program to reduce youth access to tobacco and vapor products. The employee will perform tasks requiring certification as a peace officer by Arizona Peace Officers Standard and Training Board.
The employee will travel throughout the state to conduct tobacco and vapor product retailer compliance inspections and investigate leads regarding the unlawful marketing or sales of tobacco or vapor products, including investigations of online tobacco and vapor product vendors, and issue court citations as needed. The employee will conduct interviews, review bank records, financial statements, invoices and other documents and prepare reports based on information obtained, and will prepare exhibits and provide testimony in court as necessary. The employee will recruit and train youth volunteers throughout the state to assist with conducting tobacco and vapor product retailer compliance inspections, and will track and maintain records of all youth volunteers participating in the program. The employee will plan, coordinate, and participate in tobacco and vapor product inspections and other related operations with other law enforcement and local and county agencies as needed.
The employee will maintain accurate and detailed records of all tobacco and vapor product operations conducted and funds expended for the purchase of such products in those operations. The employee will also properly store and track evidence and dispose of evidence when it is no longer needed. The employee will attend meetings with ADHS, Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Diseases (BTCD) representatives, and youth agencies, and participate in training workshops as necessary in furtherance of the objectives of the Tobacco Enforcement Unit.
Other duties include managing, organizing and maintaining computer files to permit periodic analysis and prompt retrieval of financial records, preparing detailed exhibits relative to financial records for court purposes, serving subpoenas on financial institutions, businesses and state agencies as necessary. Participate in tactical operations and search/seizure warrants for the Section as necessary to obtain, secure and process evidence. The employee must be safety conscious and use proper work methods by following standard police policies and procedures. The employee will be accountable for usage and knowledge of all specialized equipment, such as covert transmitters, radios, and weapons.
As a Special Agent conducting felony investigations, operational considerations may require you to work varying hours, weekends, holidays, and respond after hours; agents can also be deployed to assist allied agencies in response to a critical incident that falls within the protocols of the National Incident Management System or the State of Arizona Mutual Aid protocols.
• Plan and coordinate statewide tobacco retailer inspections, and conduct online tobacco vendor investigations, as requested. Participate in the field inspections, issue citations, and testify in court, as required.
• Conduct training and presentations throughout the State to provide education on tobacco laws and recruit youth volunteers.
• Act as liaison with other law enforcement, regulatory, and youth agencies throughout the State in executing tobacco operations.
• Design and maintain databases, documents and records on youth volunteers, tobacco retailer inspections conducted, evidence obtained, buy money, and program equipment, using
• Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or other AGO/TEU software programs, as required.
• Attend tobacco program related strategy meetings, youth summit meetings, and training workshops. Attend general AGO division, section, and unit meetings, workshops, and training sessions.
• Assist in tactical operations and search/seizure warrants to secure and process evidence.
• Participate and respond to any duty agent calls during assigned SIS Duty Agent rotation.
• Attend required training to ensure compliance with Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training certification.
• Knowledge of pertinent statutes and regulations governing the manufacture, sale, advertising, and distribution of tobacco products, as well as the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement.
• Knowledge to prepare investigative reports, spreadsheets, subpoenas, demand letters, exhibits and other documents as required by the prosecutor, investigator, or other investigative or regulatory agency.
• Knowledge of policies and procedures established for the State of Arizona, Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection & Advocacy Section and the Special Investigations Section.
• Basic knowledge of accounting, bookkeeping, and bank account reconciliation procedures.
• At least 3 to 4 years of law enforcement investigative experience conducting interviews, gathering evidence, writing reports, and testifying in court.
• Interview and interrogation skills.
• Effective communication skills to coordinate and act as liaison with other law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
• Mathematical skills to perform financial and statistical calculations.
• Time management skills to effectively plan, coordinate, and execute tobacco operations.
• Computer skills using Excel, Word, and in-house software programs such as CMS 2.
• Ability to conduct interviews and file written reports.
• Ability to effectively communicate findings to others orally or in writing.
• Ability to analyze financial records, invoices, and other business documents.
• Ability to communicate and work with high school aged children.
• Ability to effectively organize and manage law enforcement operations such as tobacco sting operations.
• Ability to handle and account for cash.
Possess Bachelor's degree plus at least two years professional work experience. Ideally applicant will have five years in law enforcement with investigative experience.
• Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.
• Requires certification by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (A.Z P.O.S.T.). Applicants must be a certified Arizona peace officer in good standing or be eligible to obtain Arizona peace officer certification via the AZPOST waiver process within 90 days of hire date. To be eligible, a person must have previously served as a certified peace officer in Arizona, another state, or federal agency; must have completed basic and advanced training that demonstrates substantial comparability to the Arizona basic course; and must meet all of the minimum qualifications for certification as an Arizona Peace Officer. Refer to https://post.az.gov/certification-process/waiver-process for more information on the waiver process.
• All peace officer applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted, complete a criminal background check, pass a polygraph test, and complete a medical examination. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.
The Attorney General's Office offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
• Positions in this classification participate in the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).
• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 90 days of employment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (602) 542-8056 or email us at email@example.com.
During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the AG’s Human Resources Office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at HumanResources@azag.gov. The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.
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