Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agent I & II

How to become a South Dakota DCI Special Agent

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is not currently accepting applications for DCI Special Agent
Step 1:
Complete and submit Electronic Employment Application.
Step 2:
Complete and return the Personal Data Questionnaire (PDQ)
Step 3:
Read, print, sign, and return the Authorization and Release form
Step 4:
Review physical requirements below and minimum qualifications (Special Agent I or Special Agent II)

Applicants must complete and submit the following documents to be considered for advancement to the selection phase. Items must be faxed or postmarked by the closing date: 7.31.19.

  1. Personal Data Questionnaire (PDQ)
  2. Authorization and Release form

The Division of Criminal Investigation will notify all applicants who have been selected to move forward in the hiring process.

Selected applicants can expect to report to Pierre, South Dakota at a later date to complete the following:

  1. South Dakota Law Enforcement written test (required for all applicants who are not law enforcement certified.) Applicants must achieve a passing score of 70%, or have a test score on file of at least 70%.
  2. Oral interviews.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the Law Enforcement Civil Service Commission with regard to education, experience, physical condition, and other factors related to the performance of the duties of the position.

The requirements include:

  • Possession of 20/20 binocular vision with or without corrective lenses. Color, depth perception, and field of view must be normal as determined by an optometric examination.
  • Using the average of readings at 500, 1000, and 3000 Hz, hearing shall be a frequency no worse than 25 decibels in each ear, uncorrected;
  • Applicant shall be free of any chronic disease or organic or functional defect that would impair performance of law enforcement duties, as determined by a medical examination;
  • Applicant shall be capable of passing physical agility tests, including flexibility, push-ups, sit-ups, vertical jump, and one and one-half mile run, using the standards established by the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice as of March, 1997.
Final candidates will be required to pass a polygraph test, a psychological evaluation, and a drug screening test before appointment.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
500 East Capitol Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344
Agency: Office of the Attorney General; Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)
Veterans' Preference Eligible

Are you tired of the same old shift? Are you ready to come inside the tape for 25 to life? Looking for a job where you are more than an employee, you are family? For 75 years, the South Dakota Division of Criminal investigation has been the employer of highly dedicated individuals who serve the state by finding solutions and solving crimes. We are looking for qualified applicants to fill the shoes of some talented members who are set to retire. In this hands-on and fast paced environment, we focus on teamwork, building relationships, and putting people first. Flexible schedules and benefits and opportunities for advancement provide motivation to our people. Access to advanced training, tools, and technology will allow you to succeed in this position. This rewarding and amazing career choice might just be for you, so make your break from the cubicle and start your own exciting adventure! Follow the instructions below to apply for a position as a Special Agent and join our elite team!

Performs entry-level agent work in conducting investigations independently or in conjunction with municipal, county, or other law enforcement personnel to gather all necessary evidence to ensure the apprehension and conviction of suspected felons. Applicants must be willing to travel and work irregular hours. Applicants who are South Dakota Law Enforcement Certified should so indicate on their application.

Minimum Qualifications for Filing: This position requires a completed bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. In lieu of a completed bachelor's degree, law enforcement experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Applicants not meeting the following requirements will be disqualified from competing for this position:

  • Applicants shall not have a felony conviction;
  • Applicants must be a United States citizen;
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment;
  • Applicants must possess or have the ability to obtain a South Dakota driver’s license.
Agency: Office of the Attorney General; Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)
Veterans' Preference Eligible

Conducts investigations independently or in conjunction with municipal, county, state, or federal law enforcement agencies pursuing, gathering, and analyzing evidence, and preparing case reports to ensure the detection, apprehension, and prosecution of suspected felons.

This position is open to applicants who are law enforcement certified and have at least two years of investigative experience. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be disqualified from the selection process.

Minimum Qualifications for Filing: This position requires a completed bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. In lieu of a completed bachelor's degree, law enforcement experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis. Applicants must be a certified officer with at least two years of investigative experience. Applicants must provide specific duties while involved in criminal investigation work experience with dates (month/year to month/year). Applicants not meeting the following requirements will be disqualified from competing for this position:

  • Applicants shall not have a felony conviction;
  • Applicants must be a United States citizen;
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment;
  • Applicants must possess or have the ability to obtain a South Dakota driver’s license.

Physical Fitness Test

55:02:14:02.05. Push-ups.

To complete the push-up agility test, the eligible applicant must lie face down with hands placed next to his or her shoulders and push his or her entire body, including legs, off the floor until his or her arms are straight. This is the starting position for performing push-ups. A partner shall place his or her fist on the floor below the eligible applicant’s chest. Keeping his or her back straight at all times, the eligible applicant shall lower him or herself from the starting position until his or her chest touches his or her partner’s fist. The eligible applicant shall push back up to the starting position and repeat as many times as possible. There is no time limit. The partner shall cease counting with the first incomplete push-up. The examiner shall rate the eligible applicant’s push-up ability according to the following chart:

Fitness Category 20 - 29 yrs 30 - 39 yrs 40 - 49 yrs 50 - 59 yrs
Acceptable 20 - 27 17 - 22 13 - 17 11 - 15
Unacceptable 0 - 19 0 - 16 0 - 12 0 - 10

Source: 19 SDR 9, effective July 30, 1992.
General Authority: SDCL 3-7-9, 3-7-18.
Law Implemented: SDCL 3-7-9, 3-7-18.

55:02:14:02.06. Sit-ups.

The sit-up test is a measure of muscular endurance or the ability to contract musculature repetitively over a period of time. The eligible applicant shall start by lying on his or her back, knees bent, heels flat on the floor, arms crossed on the chest with hands touching opposite shoulders. A partner shall hold the feet down. From the lying position, the eligible applicant must come to a sitting position, touch the leg below the knee with his or her elbows, and then return to a lying position with the lower back touching the ground. The eligible applicant must not rebound, but allow the lower back to fully relax before beginning the next repetition. The eligible applicant shall perform as many correct sit-ups as possible within a one-minute time limit. The examiner shall rate the eligible applicant’s sit-up ability according to the following chart:

Fitness Category 20 - 29 yrs 30 - 39 yrs 40 - 49 yrs 50 - 59 yrs
Acceptable 35 - 39 29 - 33 19 - 25 15 - 22
Unacceptable 0 - 34 0 - 28 0 - 18 0 - 14

Source: 19 SDR 9, effective July 30, 1992.
General Authority: SDCL 3-7-9, 3-7-18.
Law Implemented: SDCL 3-7-9, 3-7-18.

55:02:14:02.07. Vertical jump.

The vertical jump measures the ability to summon up a burst of muscular power. The eligible applicant must make a mark as high as he or she can reach on a wall, keeping his or her heels on the ground. Then the applicant must jump as high as he or she can, crouching down first and swinging his or her arm up to carry them higher, making another mark as far up on the wall as possible. The number of inches between the two marks is the jump height. The examiner shall rate the eligible applicant’s vertical jump ability according to the following chart:

Fitness Category 20 - 29 yrs 30 - 39 yrs 40 - 49 yrs 50 - 59 yrs
Acceptable 17 ½ - 19 ¼ 16 ½ - 19 ½ 15 – 18 ½ 13 – 17 ½
Unacceptable 0 – 17 0 – 16 0 – 14 ½ 0 – 12 ½

Source: 19 SDR 9, effective July 30, 1992.
General Authority: SDCL 3-7-9, 3-7-18.
Law Implemented: SDCL 3-7-9, 3-7-18.

55:02:14:02.09. One and one-half mile run.

The eligible applicant may cover the 1.5 mile run course at his or her own pace and as his or her condition allows. This test is designed to measure endurance. The examiner shall rate the eligible applicant’s endurance according to the following chart:

Fitness Category 20 - 29 yrs 30 - 39 yrs 40 - 49 yrs 50 - 59 yrs
Acceptable 12:01 – 14:30 13:01 – 15:30 14:01 – 16:30 15:01 – 17:30
Unacceptable 14:31+ 15:31+ 16:31+ 17:31+

The Personal Data Questionnaire is made up of four parts. You may choose to complete each part online and then print, sign and submit them or you may print them first and then complete, sign and submit them. All parts may be sent with your application.

PDQ Part I - Education and Work Experience
PDQ Part II - Military Information and Residences
PDQ Part III - Legal and Driving Records
PDQ Part IV - Relatives and References