Crime Scene Investigator Forum

Can I take Biology instead of Forensics?

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by Nicole Calderon • | | 1 comment
Hey, I'm a high school senior and I'm starting to apply to some colleges. I would like to be a CSI but I'm wondering if instead of majoring in forensics (most of the colleges I'm applying to don't offer it) I could major in Biology. I just would like to know before I officially start applying to...read more

Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods

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by Boyd Baumgartner • | | 0 comments
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report today titled Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods . This follows the 2009 National Academy of Science's Report: 'Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward...read more

Writing a forensic supernatural story, need advice

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by ChrisJ • | | 0 comments
So I'm writing a story about what a college town thinks is an elusive serial killer is actually a killer ghost. The scene is essentially a young woman goes to use a pregnancy test and is cut to pieces while in the girls restroom, however, since the killer is from another plane of existence, base...read more

Forensic Examination of Shoe Print to Bodily Injury - Expert Needed

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by strategicintelligenc... • | | 3 comments
Hi Group, I am working a case and need a forensics expert to compare shoe (boot) tread to a facial injury (photo). Any suggestions? Thank you, Christine Burke, MAOM Strategic Intelligence Services PLLC Investigate the Possibilities 1900 W Chandler Boulevard, 15-263, Chandler AZ ...read more


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by Courtney B. • | | 1 comment
Recently the administrations would like us to record live video of when officers enter to serve a search warrant from a distant. As well record the entry and exit of the scene. As of now we only have a Nikon D3100 for our photograph but we used it to record video. Problem is the video and microp...read more

Death Smell

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by kirstenk_hall • | | 1 comment
I've just started as a crime scene analyst, and had my first badly composed body the other day. The smell was awful at first but I eventually got used to it. So used to it, I guess I couldn't smell it on my uniform, although all the detectives assured me it was there. My question is, what's t...read more

active oxygen at a crime scene

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by CG Bauer • | | 0 comments
I've read that bleach with active oxygen removes indications of hemoglobin, which makes using luminol ineffective for discovering blood at a crime scene. Can forensics folks test a crime scene for the use of oxygenated bleach as a neutralizing agent? I'm a crime novelist. Thanks.


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by Liz • | | 1 comment
I'm currently a CSI, and I'm working on a powerpoint presentation. I want to keep it interesting. I'm trying to remember ... During the BTK investigation, the Wichita PD inserted an image into a regular TV broadcast, hoping to get Rader's attention. I want to do that in my powerpoint, only, I ca...read more

CSI, Forensics

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by Latasha Newton • | | 2 comments
Hello, I would like to know a couple of different ways to get into this field?

checking out my options

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by Mari • | | 1 comment
Hello, I am working on getting a degree in chemistry as it seems many of the agencies that I have looked into seem to require that prior to applying. For example, my state crime lab has this requirement. I have a 3.7 GPA with two years left. I understand this is a hard field to get into but am ...read more

Course Project

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by Brandon A • | | 0 comments
A portion of my course project for my Bachelors in Criminal Justice requires me to interview a local newspaper or TV Station (been very unlucky for two-weeks). I have to compile 10 questions regarding the realities of the criminal justice system and the media (The Crime Report). Anyone intereste...read more

Interview Exam

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by Anonymous • | | 0 comments
I've recently been applying to Crime Scene Investigator positions. All of them that I've applied to require you to take an exam (either oral or written) before proceeding with the interview process. What type of material do these cover? Are they certified tests or just a preliminary assessment f...read more

differentiation of fingerprints and toe prints

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by Ashok Nagaraj • | | 0 comments
If we get a bit of friction skin imprint, how to differentiate it as finger print or toe print?

Likelihood of Getting Employed?

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by Jason Merchey • | | 3 comments
Hi all. First post. Love this site. I am thinking of making a mid-life career change to some kind of forensic investigator. There is a certificate from the local junior college in crime scene investigation. 30 hours, ten classes including an internship. I'm 42. I have a BA in psychology and a...read more

DNA and finger print queries

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by Natasja • | | 2 comments
Hallo. CSI got me very interested and I wish I knew more about it a view years back. Is it possible that one can get some DNA and finger prints of a rope from about 9 years ago? Or will it be to difficult for its so long ago?

Courtroom testimony

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by Moe • | | 1 comment
Hello, I am looking for any books that involve crime scene and courtroom testimony. I was recently hired as a CST and although I have worked in a volunteer capacity as a crime scene technician for quite some time, I have never actually been called into court. Do any of you know any books or...read more

Becoming a crime scene investigator or related

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by makaea • | | 3 comments
Hello, I am interested in looking into becoming involved in the forensic science field. However, I am almost done with my sociology degree, emphasis in law and society. I am looking into the CSI program at UCR, Will I need to get a higher degree more related to be able to get a forensic job. Als...read more

Ultraviolet Equipment Question

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by plunkettphoto • | | 1 comment
RE: Civil, not criminal, evidence photography. I am a civilian - not an office. I have been a professional photographer for almost 20 years and now wish to expand my business to include evidence/legal photography. In the past, I was a member of EPIC (evidence photographers international...read more

Evidence Packaging on Scenes

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by Kelsey • | | 3 comments
Hello! I am conducting a quick survey about evidence packaging: Does your laboratory package and seal evidence on scene, or, do you use convenience packaging until you return to the lab? Please respond with an explanation of your practices, your lab's name, and whether or not you are ASCLD acc...read more

Job Requirements

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by Pedro Santos • | | 1 comment
Good evening everybody! I just wanted to ask you if it's required to be a US citizen for most/all of the jobs posted here. Thank You!

Personal Protection

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by Tuc8 • | | 2 comments
I'm doing research for a proposal at my agency. I'm currently a Forensic Technician with a Sheriff's dept. I'm located in the Southwestern US. On occasions we process crime scene in remote desert locations. The only protection I have is one deputy on scene with me. In light of the changing attit...read more

How to be in Forensics Field?

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by Jessica • | | 2 comments
Hi, I am really interested in pressuring a career in the forensics field in the future. However, the college that I am currently attending does not have a forensics major. Is it possible to still be in the forensics field with a degree in science such as biology or chemistry degree? Or is it ...read more

Designating a crime scene as a Major Crime Scene, NYC

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by Idrian • | | 1 comment
I'm a writer. The crime in my story takes place at an isolated subway entrance in Queens NY late at night. "Noises" are reported by a neighbor; otherwise no witnesses. Victim is black male 25 well dressed. Unconscious as a result of a brutal beating. Wallet gone. Precinct receives call...read more


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by Griha • | | 1 comment
To become a CSI, we should only study science and is it possible to study other subject like account ,for example

Can someone with a theft felony become a csi

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by lori • | | 1 comment
Hi...I'm looking into becoming a csi and am concerned that my felony might hold me back. Does anyone know if they will still hire you for this with a theft record? Thanx
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