Washington State Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Detective [OIC10476] in Tumwater, Washington



The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) operates under the direction of the state's Insurance Commissioner, a statewide elected official. The agency's mission is to provide consumer protection and regulation of the state's insurance industry. With a workforce of approximately 240 employees, we are one of the smaller state agencies in Washington state government and are fortunate to have a stable funding source that does not rely on the state's general fund.

The OIC values its employees and diversity in the workplace. We challenge our employees to continuously improve the way we do business, and to meet and exceed the needs of our customers. To learn more about this agency, we invite you to visit our website at www.insurance.wa.gov.


The OIC is recruiting to fill one permanent Special Investigations Unit Detective (AGO Senior Investigator/Analyst) position within the Statewide Investigation Unit (SIU). This position serves as a certified law enforcement peace officer with limited authority to conduct criminal investigations, arrest suspects and submit cases to prosecutors for charges involving fraudulent activities against insurance companies. The duty station for this position is located in the SIU field office, Tumwater, Washington.

To learn more about the Special Investigations Unit and what we do to protect consumer's interests, click on the following link: About SIU Division.

This recruitment may be used to establish a qualified pool of candidates for agency-wide vacancies in the next six months.

If you're interested in a career that protects consumer's interests and promotes a healthy business environment in this state, please apply and become part of our dynamic team.


The SIU Division office is located in the City of Tumwater and is within close access to Interstate 5, South Puget Sound Community College, shopping centers, and health facilities.


As an eligible state employee, Washington State offers an outstanding benefits package including: health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; vacation, sick, military and civil leave; dependent care assistance program; employee assistance program; deferred compensation plans; 11 paid holidays plus a personal holiday; tuition reimbursement; commute trip reduction; training; and state retirement plans. We also offer free parking at our main office in Tumwater, a secure working facility, and are fortunate to have a stable funding source that does not rely on the state's general fund.



Reporting to the Detective Sergeant, this position conducts statewide investigations of major and/ or complex criminal insurance fraud. These investigations often involve multiple victims, multiple suspects, multiple criminal statutes and multiple jurisdictions. The position must establish and maintain liaison relationships with key external stakeholders to include: State Attorney General, FBI, DHS, various DOJ agencies, local prosecutors, local police agencies, insurance company investigators, NICB, other investigators, and community organizations.

As a SIU Detective, you will coordinate special investigations, lead task forces, provide training and expert consultation, and develop criminal cases working them until successful prosecution, conviction and post-conviction follow-up are completed. Further responsibilities include:

Conduct Complex Criminal Investigations

  • Develops informants and/or sources of information.
  • Requests insurance files, law enforcement documents and other records.
  • Provides application for and execution of search warrants and inquiry judge subpoenas.
  • Secures and analyzes documentary and physical evidence.
  • Interviews of witnesses, victims, and suspects with Miranda rights provided as appropriate.
  • Writes extensive, detailed, reports of investigation and supplemental reports.
  • Organizes substantial amounts of information/reports/files/photos/evidence for prosecution.
  • Conducts surveillance of individuals and /or businesses.
  • Assists state and federal prosecutors with case briefings, filings, and follow-up.
  • Assists with or makes arrests.
  • Testifies in state and/or federal court at hearing(s) and trial(s) as an expert witness, and/or in administrative hearings and other judicial proceedings.

Case Review & Expert Consultation

  • Receives, logs and evaluates referrals from local law enforcement, government agencies and insurance companies.
  • Consults with and provides guidance to law enforcement, government agencies and insurance companies and their investigators.
  • Recommends to managers, prosecutors and others a specific course of action and/or strategies.
  • Provides expert opinion and advice as appropriate to a variety of stakeholders.

Task Force Participation

  • Networks with state, local and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
  • Participates on ad-hoc task forces (e.g., drug diversion, staged collision, criminal case specific).
  • Participates with long running task forces and work groups (e.g., Puget Sound Special Investigators, Washington State Auto Theft Investigators, Med-Fraud Task Force).


  • Develops of training curricula on specialized subjects (e.g., insurance fraud, developing and preserving evidence, interviewing techniques, financial crimes).
  • Presents training to law enforcement, prosecutors, insurance companies, citizens. Working Conditions

This position requires substantial travel in state and occasional travel out of state. This position also occasionally requires long unpredictable hours including evenings and weekends. The position can involve work away from home and office for extended periods of time, work and travel in severe weather conditions, and work in dangerous situations associated with law enforcement activities. The work schedule is 160 hours within a 28-day work period. Qualifications


Certification as a peace officer under RCW 43.101.095; able to maintain status of a limited authority Washington peace officer per standards outlined by the Criminal Justice Training Commission.

  • At least ten (10) years experience as a *commissioned law enforcement officer, to include at least two years experience in the following areas:
  • Experience conducting criminal investigations; to include recorded interviews of suspects/victims/witnesses, conducting surveillance, apprehension and arrests, and case report writing to include presentation of probable cause to prosecutors for the filing of criminal charges.
  • Experience developing and maintaining sources of information and/or informants.
  • Experience applying for and executing search warrants and/or Special Inquiry Judge Subpoenas.
  • Experience handling, processing and examining evidence.
  • The position is required to have a valid Washington State driver's license and ability to travel statewide day or night. *Must have worked as a commissioned law enforcement officer with the last 24 months from the date of hire.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Four years of supervising investigations or investigative experience (in addition to the required qualifications). Employment Standards For Law Enforcement Positions
  1. Must be a United States citizen.
  2. Possess a driver's license that is valid in Washington State.
  3. No felony convictions.
  4. No misdemeanor convictions related to controlled substances, theft, moral turpitude, fraud, larceny, or crimes of violence within the last ten years or anytime while working in the criminal justice system.
  5. No crimes committed as an adult, currently prosecutable under the statute of limitations.
  6. Not convicted of any crime associated with domestic violence.
  7. No DUI convictions within the last five years, or a substantial accumulation of driving violations which indicates a disregard for rules and regulations.
  8. No current use or possession of illegal narcotics or controlled substances.
  9. Have not used any illegal drugs(s) while employed in a criminal justice and/or law enforcement capacity.
  10. No use of illegal drugs in the last three years.
  11. Refrain from excessive alcohol consumption.
  12. Be able to legally acquire and possess firearms and ammunition.
  13. Be willing and able to make an arrest and handle suspected violators.
  14. Be willing and able to carry and use a firearm in a safe and appropriate manner, and maintain firearm qualification standards.
  15. Have obtained Peace Officer Certification per standards outlined by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
  16. Knowledge of Use of Force policies and be willing and able to use appropriate force when required to apprehend a criminal suspect.
  17. Be willing to undergo and able to pass an extensive background investigation, which includes a fingerprint based criminal records check.
  18. Be willing to undergo a post-offer polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation, and a post-offer medical examination with drug testing.

Agency Core Competencies

Respect, recognition and inclusiveness: Engages in constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect; helps create a work environment that embraces and appreciates diversity; and, recognizes contributions of others within the organization --- all of which will enhance the attainment of organizational goals.

Accountability: Demonstrates understanding of the link between job responsibilities and organizational goals. Accepts personal responsibility and accountability for the quality and timeliness of own work, and adhering to agency processes/policies. Manages his or her own performance to meet expectations and achieve expected results.

Communication and Collaboration: Actively listens and engages in open, respectful, and cooperative manner. Conveys messages that are effective in communicating information and ideas with others.

Customer Focus: Builds and maintains internal and external customer satisfaction with services offered by the organization, both regulatory and consumer based. Demonstrates sensitivity to public's perceptions and attitudes.

Professionalism and Integrity: Through consistent honesty, forthrightness, and professionalism in all interactions, earns the trust, respect and confidence of co-workers and customers.

Supplemental Information


To begin the online application process, click the "Apply" button at the top of this announcement and follow the online application instructions. To be considered for this opportunity, you must attach the following documents to your online application:

  • A current resume;
  • A detailed letter of interest describing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications outlined in this job announcement; and,
  • A list of at least three professional references, including contact information for all supervisors for the last five year period.

Incomplete application packages will disqualify an applicant from the selection process.

Degree/Credential Verification: At the initial screening phase, candidate(s) will be required to provide proof of a degree (if claimed), a valid driver's license, and peace officer certification.

Background Check: Finalist(s) will undergo an extensive background check that includes a criminal history background check, Department of Licensing (DOL) records check, fingerprint check, post-offer polygraph examination, post-offer psychological evaluation, and a post-offer medical examination with drug screening. Adverse background data may be grounds for disqualification. Information obtained in this process will remain confidential. Background investigations are part of the pre & post-employment selection process and are not a commitment to employment.

We encourage veterans to apply. To allow us to grant you veterans' preferences, applicants must do the following:

Email DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, signed verification of service letter from USDVA or other service documents that we can use to verify your eligibility to Recruitment@oic.wa.gov. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. Please include "SIU Detective"in the subject line of the email, and include your name in the message as it appears on the application you submitted through the www.careers.wa.gov system. To protect your private information, please do not attach your service documents to application.

Note: The act of submitting application materials is considered affirmation that the information provided is complete and truthful. When submitted electronically, you are confirming that all information is true and complete.


This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the WFSE, or arrange to pay to that union a fee equivalent to its regular monthly dues. The union shop provision will be effective on the first day of the month following the employee's initial 30 days in this classification.

In accordance with RCW 48.02.090(5), Office of Insurance Commissioner employees are prohibited from having any interest, directly or indirectly, in an insurance company other than as a policy holder. This prohibition includes the receipt of renewal commissions.

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to supporting diversity in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and honorably discharged veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call Joe Vidales at (360) 725-7012. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-10476

Department: Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Closing: 10/24/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $61,512.00 - $80,724.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA