Crime Scene Investigator Job Requirment Question

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Crime Scene Investigator Job Requirment Question

Parker
I go to a college for a 4 year degree in Forensic Investigation. I want to work in the field collecting evidence but was told I need to become a police officer first in order to do so. Is this true? If that is the case, is there anyway I could get around that and still collect evidence?
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Re: Crime Scene Investigator Job Requirment Question

Steve Staggs
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Parker—

NO, it is not true.

While some departments have their police officers or detectives collect evidence (especially small departments), a very large number of departments use civilian employees. If you look at the Employment Opportunities page of the Crime Scene Investigator Network you will find over 250 job openings listed. NONE of them requires the person to be a police officer, sheriff's deputy or state trooper to apply. Look through the job announcements to see what employers require.

I suggest you look at the following page: How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator. It should give you an idea of what you need to do to become a CSI or Forensic Scientist.

Parker wrote
I go to a college for a 4 year degree in Forensic Investigation. I want to work in the field collecting evidence but was told I need to become a police officer first in order to do so. Is this true? If that is the case, is there anyway I could get around that and still collect evidence?

—Steve

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