Civilian Investigations Specialists or CIS, work under the Operations Administration Bureau of the Oklahoma City Police Department, and the direct supervision of a police lieutenant. The primary purpose of a CIS is to respond to non-emergency calls for police service, such as, property crimes, public nuisance, vandalism crimes, etc. that do not require the presence of a commissioned police officer.
Essential job functions include:
- Conducting initial criminal investigations in the field and/or over the telephone;
- Completing crime incident and/or supplemental information reports;
- Interviewing crime victims and witnesses;
- Performing basic crime scene processing for property crimes, such as, collecting latent fingerprints, swabbing for DNA, collecting and packaging potential evidence, taking crime scene photographs, submitting evidence and introducing evidence or testifying in court.
The position has regular contact with an immediate supervisor, sworn law-enforcement personnel, and citizens who may be victimized. Assignments are received from an immediate supervisor both verbally and in writing. The work products are reviewed by a supervisor or technical staff for overall quality, accuracy, and adherence to departmental policies and procedures.
Currently, there are 8 CIS assigned to the unit with one supervisor. These civilian investigators are assigned to work in each of the four patrol divisions. Their normal work hours are Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They can be identified by their City ID badge and their uniform, which consists of a dark grey shirt and navy pants. Their uniform shirts have the City seal, “The City of Oklahoma City Police Department”, their name and “CIS” on the front. The back of their shirts reads “Civilian Investigation Specialist.”