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Abolished Date: 2011-11-14


Investigates alleged violations of the Washington State Brand Law or other related livestock laws and regulations for possible criminal prosecution.

Typical Work

Receives claims and complaints from Brand Inspectors and Veterinarians; 

Conducts investigations to establish validity of claims and complaints; 

Administers oaths, takes statements and depositions; 

Prepares felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor criminal cases; 

Testifies at hearings and in court as an expert witness; 

Investigates complaints against licensee under the Washington State Slaughtering Act; 

Investigates the activities of unlicensed individuals operating as custom farm slaughterers; 

Prepares case files for possible prosecution of violations of the Washington State Brand Law, Custom Slaughtering Act, Animal Health Laws and other applicable regulations; 

Assists local law enforcement agencies with livestock theft investigations; 

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  rules and evidence and laws of arrest; techniques of investigation; methods and procedures used in inspection of livestock for positive identification; laws and regulations pertaining to brand recording and inspection, animal health, custom farm slaughtering, operation of custom meat facilities and other livestock industry operations. 

Ability to: perform specialized investigations; prepare detailed case files; work with other law enforcement agencies.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Graduation from high school or possession of GED certificate and four years' experience as a law enforcement officer with primary responsibility for enforcement of livestock laws. 

A Bachelor's degree in police science may be substituted for two years of experience.

Class Specification History

New class Effective October 15, 1982
New class code: (formerly 44480) effective July 1, 2007
Abolished; adopted 11/10/2011, effective 11/14/2011

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