Tuesday, August 14, 2007
CSI Investigator
Q:I am interested in becoming a crime scene investegator, I was wonder if you could tell me the requirements...amount of schooling and the courses I would need to take. I have not enrolled in school yet but am really interested in this line of work.

A: Television has really focused a lot of attention and glamor on this side of police work, but the reality is that being a Crime Scene technician is really something that is a specialized law enforcement skill rather than a course taught in college. Here at the SBPD, certain patrol officers assume the role of Uniform Crime Scene Technicians in addition to regular patrol duties. For larger scale crimes, such as homicides, the St Joe County Metro Homicide Unit has four full time evidence technicians, who work with investigators. Their roles are specialized between the investigative and the evidence portions of a crime.

In addition, other technicians (including myself) work with these officers to go out and diagram crime scenes, including laser measuring stations, and old fashioned tape measures to show a representation and documenting the scene as well.

So the short answer is if you are interested in a career in law enforcement, your normal path is to become a patrol officer and with a few years of experience you can take advantage of training offered to Law Enforcement to steer you towards this specialty path. You will find that this type of position is usually for sworn officers rather than civilians with exceptions of very large metropolitian police agencies (like the ones on CSI). For more info please check out our CSI and MHU pages on our website!

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