CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
DEPUTY CHIEF PROSECUTION DETECTIVE
This is administrative and investigative work directing, through subordinate supervisors,
the work activities of a large staff of detectives engaged in conducting investigations of criminal
activities and in servicing subpoenas and warrants. The employee in this class serves as second
in command to the chief of the investigation staff with responsibility for the assignment and
review of work performed by the individual sections. The supervision of a detective force
through subordinate supervisors and working with other law enforcement agency officials to
coordinate investigations are significant aspects of the work. Work is performed under the
direction of the Chief County detective and involves responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day
operations of the investigative staff of the Office of the District Attorney.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Receives and evaluates assignments relating to investigations designed to gather evidence
to aid in the prosecution of cases or to uncover the existence of criminal activity; determines the
proper section to conduct investigation and makes assignment; confers with the chief of
prosecution detectives regarding priorities of investigations and relays special instructions to
detectives through subordinate supervisors.
- Oversees the conduct of investigations; reviews periodic and special progress reports
submitted by detective staff; coordinates investigations carried out by two or more sections or
in conjunction with the police department or other law enforcement agencies; determines that
investigations have been brought to a satisfactory conclusion and authorizes the preparation of
final reports and case records.
- Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating
to criminal investigations; directs the servicing of subpoenas and warrants as well as the
extradition and return of prisoners to and from other governmental jurisdictions; directs the
preparation and periodic revision of a duty manual for prosecution detectives and otherwise
establishes and modifies investigative and related office practices and procedures.
- Selects, orients and trains new investigative personnel; evaluates their progress through
consultations with subordinate supervisors, review of reports and by personal observation; meets
with individuals and citizen groups to learn of alleged criminal activity and to evaluate requests
for special investigations; personally directs investigations of a highly complex or sensitive
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the methods and techniques of crime investigation, interrogation, and of the identification
and preservation of physical evidence.
- the laws, rules and regulations relating to the prosecution of criminal cases and
- the laws and rules of evidence, and of the principles of laws governing criminal offenses.
- supervisory methods and techniques.
- modern management methods and techniques as they pertain to the administration of the
investigatory and process serving operations.
- use and care of firearms.
- supervise, through subordinates, a large investigative staff.
- develop plans and policies, and to furnish effective advice on law enforcement and
- appraise the quality of investigations through the analysis of reports.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with law enforcement agencies,
city officials and the public.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on 9/81.)
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- One year of permanent civil service status as a Prosecution Detective Captain.
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Deputy Chief Prosecution Detective.
PAY RANGE: 210
Class Established: 2/1970
Latest Spec. Revision: 5/1984
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 6A56