DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE

DEPUTY CHIEF STATE’S ATTORNEY-INSPECTOR GENERAL

$167,183 Annual Salary

Pursuant to Public Act No. 21-8 (hereafter the “Act”) there shall be established a separate office office within the Division of Criminal Justice to be known as the Office of the Inspector General.  Appointed by the Criminal Justice Commission, the Deputy Chief State’s Attorney – Inspector General (hereafter “Inspector General”) shall lead the Office of the Inspector General.  The office shall: Conduct investigations of peace officers in accordance with C.G.S. §51-277a, as amended by the Act; prosecute any case in which the Inspector General determines a peace officer used force found to not be justifiable pursuant to C.G.S. §53a-22 or where a police officer or correctional officer fails to intervene in any such incident or to report any such incident, as required under subsection (a) of C.G.S. §7-282e or C.G.S. §18-81nn, as applicable; and make recommendations to the Police Officer Standards and Training Council established under C.G.S. §7-294b concerning censure and suspension, renewal, cancelation or revocation of a peace officer’s certification.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Unclassified/Statutory/Appointed; this is an appointed position for a term of four (4) years, which will be deemed to have commenced on July 1, 2021. 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Directs all assigned staff.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  • Select, from staff who are subject to any existing or applicable collective bargaining agreement, such assistant state's attorneys, deputy assistant state's attorneys, inspectors and administrative staff as are allocated to the Office of Inspector General.
  • When need is determined, the Inspector General may request of, and be ensured assistance from, the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney such additional staffing as may be reasonably necessary for the efficient operation and discharge of the required duties.
  • Determine whether the use of physical force by a peace officer, in the performance of such officer’s duties, upon another person who dies as a result thereof or uses deadly force, as defined in C.G.S. §53a-3, upon another person, was justifiable under C.G.S. §53a-22.
  • Conduct investigations whenever a person dies in the custody of a peace officer or law enforcement agency and have responsibility for determining whether physical force was used by a peace officer upon the deceased person, and if so, whether the use of physical force was justifiable under C.G.S. §53a-22.
  • Refer cases to the Division of Criminal Justice, for potential prosecution, when, after investigation, determination is made that the deceased person may have died as a result of criminal action not involving the use of force by a peace officer.
  • When deemed necessary, the Inspector General shall make requests of any appropriate law enforcement agency to provide such assistance as is necessary to investigate and make a determination under C.G.S. §53a-22.
  • Conduct investigations whenever a person dies in the custody of the Commissioner of Correction to determine whether the deceased person may have died as a result of criminal action, and if so, refer such case to the Chief State’s Attorney or the applicable state’s attorney for potential prosecution.
  • Prepare and complete reports pursuant to investigations undertaken in accordance with the timelines and requirements of the Act. Any such report shall be filed with the Chief State’s Attorney and shall contain the following: (1) The circumstances of the incident, (2) a determination of whether the use of physical force by the peace officer was justifiable under C.G.S. §53a-22, and (3) any recommended future action to be taken by the Office of the Inspector General as a result of the incident.
  • Initiate and direct the prosecution of any case in which the Inspector General determines that (1) the use of force by a peace officer was not justifiable under C.G.S. §53a-22, or (2) there was a failure to intervene in such incident or to report any such incident, as required under subsection (a) of C.G.S. §7-282e or C.G.S. §18-81nn.
  • Perform such other duties and responsibilities as are reasonably necessary to implement the purposes of the Act.

JOB KNOWLEDGE

Operations and Administration:

  • Considerable leadership skills and experience
  • Considerable knowledge and ability to apply state and federal laws, statutes and regulations
  • Extensive knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedure and the rules of evidence
  • Considerable knowledge of effective courtroom presentation techniques and procedures
  • Understanding and ability to apply the principles and practices of supervision and training
  • Understanding and ability to apply the principles and practices of organization and management
  • Knowledge of the legislative process
  • Knowledge of governmental organization and functional responsibilities
  • Knowledge of procedures for governmental programming and budgeting
  • Considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role and function of the state, local, federal and other law enforcement agencies in Connecticut

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Three (3) years of experience practicing law. Must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut.   

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Residency in the State of Connecticut is required at the time of appointment.

The Inspector General shall be devoted full time to the duties of the Office of Inspector General.  The Inspector General may not otherwise engage in the practice of law and may not be a partner, member or associate of a law firm.

EFFECTIVE DATE

05/21/21