A Crime Scene Investigator plays a critical role in solving the mystery that often surrounds a crime. By bringing life to the silent witness, physical evidence, a Crime Scene Investigator's ability to collect and process evidence can determine not only a suspect, but help successfully prosecute this criminal.
Crime Scene Investigation is not always as it is portrayed on television, but it is a challenging, technical and ever changing career.
Crime Scene Investigator Job Description and Employment Information
- Respond to crime scenes and other significant events as requested for the purpose of locating, identifying, processing and collecting physical evidence found at those scenes.
- Determine what items, areas and surfaces should be processed, as well as what evidence should be collected for further laboratory analysis.
- Coordinate and provide crime scene search and processing knowledge at crime scenes.
- Collect, preserve and package physical evidence found at the various types of scenes for subsequent laboratory analysis and presentation in court.
- Perform specialized types of crime scene processing and documentation.
- Document the scene, location and condition of evidence by means of notes, sketches, measurements and photography.
- Assist Medical Examiner's Office as needed at scenes of major disasters.
- Assist District Attorney's Office with case preparation
- Four year degree in biology, forensic science or criminal justice.
- Crime scene collection, prior experience with medical examiner's office, or police work.
- All successful applicants will undergo interviews, a background check, drug testing and a polygraph examination.