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AGRICULTURE ENF OFFICER

Class Title: AGRICULTURE ENF OFFICER
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 032231

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from an accredited college with an Associate’s degree and experience equivalent to three years of full-time experience in criminal investigation or commissioned law enforcement work.

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time criminal investigation, commissioned law enforcement, fire protection, or agriculture codes inspection work may be substituted for the required education on a year-for- year basis to a maximum of two years (e.g., experience equivalent to one year of full-time work in one or a combination of the above listed fields may substitute for one year of the required education).

Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional coursework at an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years (e.g., 45 quarter hours may substitute for one year of experience).

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Applicants for this class must:

1. be willing to and able to qualify with, carry, and use assigned weapons

2. be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the date of application

3. be a citizen of the United States

4. have a good moral character, as determined by investigation

5. complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority

6. agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority

7. supply a fingerprint sample in a manner prescribed by the TBI for a fingerprint based criminal history records check

8. have no conviction for a felony or have been discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States armed forces

9. pass a physical examination administered by a licensed physician that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position

10. pass a psychological evaluation administered by a licensed mental health professional that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position

11. possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license at the time of appointment

12. upon appointment, successfully complete a prescribed course of instruction at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy or have successfully completed the equivalent of the prescribed course.

Examination Method:  Education and Experience, 100%, for Career Service positions.

Job Overview: Summary: Under general supervision, performs wildfire, livestock, and unauthorized biological and chemical agent use enforcement and investigative work of considerable difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: This is the working level class in the Agriculture Enf Officer sub-series. An employee in this class is responsible for conducting the wildfire investigation program, enforcing livestock transportation, disease control, theft, and identification laws, and investigating crimes concerning the unauthorized use of biological and chemical agents regulated by the department, within a specific geographical area of the state. This class differs from Agriculture Enf Officer Supervisor in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for supervising incumbents in this class.
Work Activities: 1. Investigates crime scenes related to wildfire arson, livestock theft, crimes against persons or property, drugs, and bio-hazard threats: establishes priority of response based on degree of endangerment to human life or potential destruction; secures crime scene by taping off the scene and preventing the destruction of evidence; documents witness/suspect statements; determines point of illegal entry at crime scene by examining locks and barriers; videotapes or photographs crime scene and evidence; selects appropriate packaging and labeling for collection and shipping of evidence to the crime lab; intercepts transportation carriers to inspect for chemical threats or livestock criminal activity; examines animal appearance and behavior patterns to determine potential disease, mutilation, or likelihood of theft.

2. Interrogates individuals to obtain information related to criminal activity: prepares interrogation questions; determines approach to be used in interrogation based on circumstances of case; obtains signature of interrogated individual acknowledging explanation of legal rights; presents evidence such as photographs, documents, or witness/suspect statements to gather accurate information.

3. Collects evidence and gathers facts using covert measures: follows suspect on foot or in vehicle to observe suspect; conceals video cameras, tape recorders, and body wiring in forests, buildings, vehicles, or on individuals; develops individuals as informants by associating with them and gaining their trust; maintains extended electronic, physical, and/or visual surveillance of suspects or locations from trees, vehicles, or aircraft; determines if criminal activity has occurred based on information collected.

4. Identifies and protects potential targets of agricultural terrorist activity: determines potential methods used in terrorist activity such as explosives, fire, and agricultural bio-hazards including chemicals (e.g., fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides) and communicable diseases (e.g., foot-and-mouth, anthrax); determines potential delivery means of terrorist activity or application such as vehicles, transfer trucks, crop dusters, or infected animals; meets with agricultural product vendors and retailers to discuss suspicious or massive transactions; intercepts terrorist activity delivery means when suspected; apprehends and arrests individuals participating in terrorist activities.

5. Coordinates multiple agency investigations by determining the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred and the agency that will lead the investigation and pursue criminal prosecution: establishes and/or maintains open communication between all agencies involved; documents chain of custody of evidence; consults with District Attorney to determine if case is criminally prosecutable; provides legal testimony, including serving as an expert witness.

6. Obtains search and arrest warrants from appropriate officials in order to gather evidence or to arrest a criminal suspect: completes standardized forms and writes narratives detailing the need for the warrant; locates suspect or property specified in warrant; explains legal rights to property owner or suspect; enters buildings, using force if necessary to thoroughly search for items listed on search warrant; arrests suspect using least amount of force necessary; documents evidence obtained and arrest executed.

7. Prepares case for criminal prosecution: prepares subpoena lists of law enforcement and lab personnel, experts, and parties involved in investigation; determines critical issues of investigation based on evidence collected; writes a report of the investigative details; consults with District Attorney to identify which information may be best presented with graphs, charts, and tables; assembles narrative text, graphs, and charts into final document; ensures that evidence is presented in clear and logical manner so as to answer any questions that may be raised in court.

8. Provides information regarding criminal investigations and agricultural laws to media, law enforcement agencies, governmental entities, and the general public: participates in on- and off-camera interviews with the media; trains firefighters in crime scene security and the identification of potential fire source; trains law enforcement officers and state and local agencies on safety issues dealing with fire and emergency animal care (e.g., proper euthanasia techniques, calming distressed animals) using presentation software, lectures, and discussions; educates the general public on safety issues dealing with fire, bio-hazards, and emergency animal care.

9. Completes departmental paperwork and administrative duties: completes time and attendance forms; prepares computer formatted weekly, monthly, and yearly reports of investigations conducted, cases solved, and criminals prosecuted; prepares expense claims related to travel, vehicle maintenance, and equipment purchases.

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