Available Civilian CSI Jobs?

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Available Civilian CSI Jobs?

Amy Bolsinger
Hello! I have been out of college for about a year now, graduated in 2011 from a 4 year college with a BA in Criminal Justice and want I have wanted to do since I was in like 8th grade was to become a Crime Scene Investigator. However my only problem is people have been telling me that I might have to become a police officer first and I really don't want to do that. So my question(s) to you guys are (1) can I get a CSI job with a criminal justice degree or would I have to go back to school, and (2) where would be a few good places to find some entry level CSI jobs, either to be a civilian CSI or a trainee type thing. I regularly check this website, the American Academy of Forensic Science website, and the indeed.com website, so I was just wondering what additional websites I should be checking to make this dream happen.

Thank you guys so much for any information that you are able to provide to me, I really do appreciate it!! Thanks again :).
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Re: Available Civilian CSI Jobs?

Cassie
you do not have to be a police officer before becoming a crime scene investigator. all you should need is your college degree. now to go upon where is a good place, i have no idea myself.
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PJGR
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many agencies hire only sworn officers as CSIs. there are few that hire civillians, look for them. personally, i know that LVMPD (Las Vegas), does hire civillians. and the same about Miami- but they request experience in the field, and hire top investigators.. look for agencies around your area and ask them about that matter. i know most agencies prefer swon officers, so it might be hard to find this kinda job as a civillian..
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Dave Hammond
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I have been approached by a number of people over the years with similar difficulties. One approach may be to enter into a technical college or adult ed center police academy that gives you a certificate and police academy certification (usually takes a few months to complete). You then have a degree and academy certification. It would allow them to arm you with a handgun. Crime scenes can and often are dangerous places to work for a variety of reasons. Good luck!