Getting Started in Crime Scene Technology

Have you ever considered a career in law enforcement? No longer does that just mean going through the police academy and becoming an officer or a deputy. There are dozens of different career paths within the field of law enforcement, and being a cop is but one of them. Dispatchers, for example, can enhance their careers with emergency management training, to give themselves a leg up on the competition.

Consider a career in crime scene analysis, photo by Aranami

Regardless of how a person approaches law enforcement, having training, or a course certificate in Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene Technology or Crime Scene Analysis can be an asset to any person who wants to work in the field. And because such training courses are available on-line, this education is also available to people currently employed in the field, who are looking to enhance their career, or merely their own skill set.

Having these skills will help qualify an applicant for any number of positions, including, but not limited to, Crime Lab Assistant, Crime Scene Photographer, Crime Scene Technician, Crime Scene Unit Supervisor, Fingerprint Examiner & Classification Specialist, Fire Inspector/Investigator, Forensic Science Specialist, Investigator/Consultant, Juvenile Assessment Worker, Latent Print Examiner/Trainee, and Property and Evidence Personnel.

Crime Scene analysts or technologists have potential to find work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, state attorney offices, public defender offices, medical examiners’ offices, law firms as well as private sector firms. In short, this isn’t a field where jobs are scarce.

These kind of certificate programs are designed to prepare a crime scene analyst or technician who will be able to locate, identify, process and preserve the crime scene. They will also testify in court as to their findings. This is a job requiring a keen mind, and the ability to be detail oriented, as well having a vast knowledge of technology and criminal investigative techniques.

According to Kaplan University, one of the schools that offers this certificate as a distance learning program, the program will teach you : Applying ethical investigative methods used in forensic science, observing minute details at the scene and relating them to the crime; visually identifying and describing persons, vehicles, and locations; and giving expert testimony about evidence in criminal court cases; Overseeing investigations of homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, home invasions, and burglaries; Securing crime scenes; gathering, processing, photographing, and preserving evidence in support of law enforcement; and preparing written reports detailing the crime scene.

You can’t pick it up through on-the-job training, you need to be well versed, because this is the type of job that you will constantly have to defend. Few other jobs require you to perform your daily tasks, and then discuss them in a court of law under oath.

The Crime Scene Technology certificate is only the first step, however. The credits you earn, and knowledge you gather, will all apply if you decide to push forward towards an Associates Degree in Crime Scene Technology, or a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

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