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Sherry
Is a crime scene technician the same as a crime scene investigator?
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Steve Staggs
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Sherry—

It can be. The job titles and duties vary from region to region and from agency to agency. Jobs that include documenting crime scenes and collecting evidence may be called by many different titles including:

  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Evidence Technician
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Forensic Services Technician
  • Forensic Technician
  • Police Evidence Technician

You can go the to employment page on this website and look at current and expired job announcements to see the different job titles agencies use.

The best way to know what the job entails is not necessarily the job title, but the duties listed for the job. The job duties are usually listed in the job announcement and/or in the agency's job description.

Sherry wrote
Is a crime scene technician the same as a crime scene investigator?

—Steve

Webmaster
Crime Scene Investigator Network
http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net
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Criminalistics is the science and skills of locating, documenting and collecting physical evidence at the scene of a crime so that it may be retained as evidence and/or submitted for scientific examination.

A crime scene technician is a person who performs those same tame tasks, That phrase is often used to indicate a person who is a civilian employee of the department. However "Crime Scene Technician" is also a first level of certification offered by the International Association for identification, an international society of professional police criminalists and identification specialists and forensic scientists.

A crime scene investigator is also the same thing. This phrase has been popularized by television. However, only a few departments actually use that term in real life. There are dozens of different job titles and appellations that are used to describe the same skill sets. In some places, these jobs are done by sworn police officer and detectives, and in others, they are done by civilian employees.

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