What does it mean exactly when it says you have to be a sworn officer before becoming a c.s.i? Does that mean that I will have to work as a police officer first? Meaning like patroling the streets? If so, for how long?
Yes it means you will have to be a cop. How long depends on a lot of factors. My department has 150 policeman. 2 of us are CSI. I was here 17 years before I made it to my position. Other departments are different. There are a lot of differnet factors. Geographics pplay a big role. I work in Southeast Texas where only sworn personel with a lot of street experience will get a position in CSI. North in the Dallas region there are a lot of non sworn CSI. Like I said there are a lot of different factors.