Become an Investigator

Who We Are

The Civilian Complaint Review Board has over 90 full-time civilian investigators. Investigators form the core of the agency's staff and lead the everyday functions necessary for fulfilling our mission. With impartiality, investigators review the over 5,000 complaints of police misconduct the agency receives each year, and recommends appropriate disciplinary action to the Board. 

Investigators are critical to the agency. The role comes with a high level of learning and investment. That is why becoming an investigator requires a two year commitment.

Meet some of our investigators:

Who We're Looking For

Investigators, first and foremost, are public servants dedicated to the Agency's broad mission of restoring public trust in the City's criminal justice system and improving police-community relations. Investigators come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. The most successful investigators are:

  • Curious. You want to understand how things work and why. You can see through the noise of a problem and ask questions that refine your perspective.
  • Dogged in the pursuit of answers while being able to see different perspectives, and committed to evaluating facts beyond face value.
  • Someone who can get along with your team and contribute to your team's culture.
  • Flexible. This work means expertly understanding processes while being nimble enough to roll with change.
  • Judicious about sensitive and confidential information, full stop.
  • Welcomes constructive criticism—do not hesitate to ask questions, receive feedback, and improve your work as you go.

Group of investigators

What You Get

After weeks of thorough training, new investigators graduate into a squad led by an investigative manager. Each squad reviews complaints of misconduct from specific precincts throughout New York City. For this service, investigators receive:

  • The autonomy they need to seek answers and close cases.
  • Ongoing professional development and training.
  • A starting annual salary of $41,061.
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits including for dependents.
  • Generous vacation, sick, bereavement, and family and medical leave policies.
  • Access to pre-tax public transit benefits and Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • The option to contribute to deferred compensation and city employees' defined benefit retirement plan.
  • Representation in the Agency's collective bargaining unit.

Alumni leave CCRB to pursue a variety of career paths. Many investigators continue on in other roles at the Agency assuming new responsibilities in training, policy, and case management. Others pursue graduate study or careers in public service, law, journalism, and government. No matter your path, investigators leave the CCRB with a deep knowledge of municipal government, public safety, and police accountability.

Picture of Investigator Ben Wurtzel

Still Interested? Apply Now.

There's a lot to this role. Download the full job description.

Current city employees should apply through Employee Self Service (ESS) under Recruiting Activities and search for "Investigator Level I."

For all other applicants, go to the career section of and search for "Investigator Level I." In the Agency drop down menu, select "Civilian Complaint Review." Upload your resume, cover letter, official transcript, and writing sample.

**The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.**