Two Questions - sleep & guns

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If all goes as planned, soon I'll be working as a Forensic Specialist and have two questions:

1. I know that every department has a different way of handling the on call schedule. In general, how difficult is it to adjust to being called into work at all hours of the day & night?

2. So many CSI shows have their investigators running around with a gun as if they were cops. Is this only to spice things up for TV? Or is carrying a gun a posibility - perhaps based on whether the position is a civillian or sworn position?

Thanks!

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Wilson CSI Wilson CSI
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First question....There are three of us in our unit so we rotate call so we are on every 3 weeks.  Before there were only two of us and it was every other week.  Some on call weeks I will go without a single call out.  Others I am out every night.  But a normal week is usually 2 or 3 times.  My suggestion is sleep when you can.  If I work over into the night I would come in later the next day.  Or if I get called out in the morning like around 3 or 4 I usually work the scene and continue out til my 8 hours are over.  But every once and while you can have a marathon for a few days where you work the scene, go take a couple hour nap, then back at the scene.  I have been doing it now for 7 years and my body has gotten use to it now.  

Second question....Carrying a gun is a very good posibility if you go the sworn route.  Civilians do not carry guns and chase bad guys.  Being a sworn person you have the extra duty of doing chasing the bad guy.  
Crispy_Corpse Crispy_Corpse
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     As far as the sleep thing, well it's not much different than working in the medical field or even the military. When working in the medical field we never knew how many hours we would work or when/if we would be called in. The other guys advice was good...as he said, "sleep while you call." You should try and get used to taking cat naps but still try your best to keep some sort of sleeping schedule. We all what's called a "circadian rythm" which is sort of like a built in biological clock. It tells us when we're tired and when it's getting close to our sleep time. It also is what wakes us up for apparently no reason at approximately the same time every day so that we keep some sort of schedule. Lack of sleep or a prolonged inconsistency as far as a sleep schedule can seriously effect our health just as stress does. I would figure that our passion for the job is what helps us through the extreme fatigue and tiredness that has to do with certain careers. It comes with the territory though and all I can suggest that may be of any help would be to be realistic about your sleeping schedule once you have a ballpark idea of what your hours are going to be...and yes, take naps when you can.
    Now, about carrying a sidearm. Whether or not you are an officer who wears a badge or a lab tech., I believe it would be a good idea to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. You will be representing law enforcement and all that is good and as such you will have plenty of enemies by default. If your job is going to be in forensics like CSI, computer forensics, or forensics lab tech. you may be required to testify in court about your findings and also how you were able to find certain information that would either lead to a conviction or have some relevance in the case. Testifying alone will put your life in danger and you should never underestimate what some of those idiots (criminals) would do to stay out of prison or to retaliate! My advice here is to carry a pistol whenever you can and be prepared to use it. Go to the shooting range often and become very proficient with your weapon!
Wilson CSI Wilson CSI
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I second that about the CCW permit.  I have put people away for life based off my testimony.  I see others I testified against out and about in the community.  I know them and they know me.  Don't see that i am a "civilian" they see me as a law enforcement officer.  I can't carry on duty but after hours I do.
MoniqueL MoniqueL
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Wow! Thanks for the great responses. And thank you for contribuiting to this forum on a regular basis. I really apprecite hearing from those who are already working in the field.

All of the advice on sleep & what being on call is like was very informative and helpful. I'm sure that my passion for the job would help to compensate for any lack of regular sleep.

I wouldn't have even thought about a CCW permit! Very smart. Interesting that you can't carry while on duty... I suppose your life is in the hands of the officers around you.
MoniqueL MoniqueL
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And I do go to the range regularly - I'm quite comfortable with my 9mm!
Torian Fletcher Torian Fletcher
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well thanks for that info ..i wanna go the sworn route...cuz in detroit im sure the bad guy shoot at the csi two lol...i dont wanna be out in the field with out a gun or bullet proof vest
Wilson CSI Wilson CSI
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I am a civilian and I am issued a bulletproof vest.  At every scene I am at I have a sworn officer standing with me to be my guard.  So we are not left alone (most of the time) in the field working unprotected.