Looking for a career in law enforcement with a focus on investigations and consumer protection? If so, check out the Department of Consumer Affairs Division of Investigation (DOI).
DOI investigators are experts in the field of investigations related to consumer protection. As sworn peace officers, DOI investigators must possess eligibility for the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic or Specialized Certificate. Investigator responsibilities include conducting interviews, writing and serving search warrants, executing arrests, conducting undercover and surveillance operations, writing detailed investigative reports, and acting as liaisons with prosecuting agencies and allied law enforcement agencies.
DOI investigators are part of the CalPERS retirement system.
Working for DOI: What Makes Us Different
The Division of Investigation (DOI) is different from other law enforcement agencies because of the type of work we do and how we do it. Investigators have diversified and interesting casework, have a good work-life balance, rarely work nights or weekends, and do not have rotating assignments. Casework is typically conducted within an assigned geographical area and regular travel is not required.
Our investigators receive training through the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) commission and are eligible for basic and advanced POST certificates. Investigators receive quarterly firearms and defensive tactics training, and may have the opportunity to work special assignments, including as a Firearms or Defensive Tactics Instructor, or Internal Affairs Investigations and Computer Forensics Investigations.
DOI investigators receive:
- A state vehicle for on-duty use
- Public safety member retirement through CalPERS
- A competitive salary
- Paid holidays and vacation
- Sick leave benefits
- Optional health insurance benefits including life, medical, dental, and vision
- Access to 401(k) and 457 retirement plans
DOI has two specialized units that conduct field investigations for the Department of Consumer Affairs: the Investigation and Enforcement Unit (IEU) and the Health Quality Investigation Unit (HQIU). All IEU and HQIU investigators are sworn peace officers and conduct both criminal and administrative investigations.
Advancement opportunities with DOI include supervisory (Supervisor I), management (Commander), and executive levels (Chief and Deputy Chief). We employ more than 150 investigators, and have 22 offices throughout California, including Northern California, Southern California, the Bay Area, and the Central Valley.