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Crime Scene Investigator By: Alejandro Rodriguez Careers Project October 05, 2009
Job Description Detectives are specially trained police officers who investigate and solve crimes of all types, from homicide to fraud. They gather evidence and facts, allowing them to crack even the most complicated of cases. Depending on the police agency they work for, they may also be known as investigators.
Education You will first need to qualify and work as a regular police officer. Although the exact requirements for new recruits vary by police force, most require applicants to be US citizens and at least 20 years old. Applicants also need a high school diploma. Some large police departments require a minimum of 1 or 2 years of college, most officers who become detectives have at least an associate degree. Relevant college programs include criminal justice and law enforcement. Applicants to police forces must also pass physical and written exams, as well as background checks.
Personality Tough Stone faced No pity for suspects Determined
Skills 1. full attention to what other people are saying, time to understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, not interrupting at inappropriate times. 2. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 3. Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. 4. logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 5. Talking to others to convey information effectively. 6. Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision-making. 7. Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. 8. Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 9. Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. 10. Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Daily Tasks 1. Obtain clues and evidence, such as loose hairs, fibers, clothing, or weapons. 2. Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, prevent bystanders from tampering with it prior to medical examiner's arrival. 3. Obtain evidence from suspects. 4. Provide testimony as a witness in court. 5. Analyze completed police reports to determine what additional information and investigative work is needed. 6. Prepare charges or responses to charges, or information for court cases, according to formalized procedures. 7. Note, mark, and photograph location of objects found, such as footprints, tire tracks, bullets and bloodstains, and take measurements of the scene. 8. Obtain facts or statements from complainants, witnesses, and accused persons and record interviews, using recording device. 9. Obtain summary of incident from officer in charge at crime scene, taking care to avoid disturbing evidence. 10. Examine records and governmental agency files to find identifying data about suspects
Working Conditions Variety of environments. A great deal of time working indoors, in police stations. However, they also work at crime scenes, which can be indoors or outdoors. Local travel is required to carry out some of their duties, such as monitoring suspects or testifying in court. Detectives schedules vary depending on their workload. overtime is often necessary, and as a result detectives often end up working more than 40 hours a week. For instance, they must be prepared to work evenings, weekends, and even holidays when major investigations are underway. Many detectives are also on-call, which means they must be prepared to go into work whenever they are needed.
Earnings Detectives are employed by local police departments. Others work for state police agencies, while a smaller number are employed by federal agencies. Majority of detectives work full- time. Earnings for detectives vary depending on a number of factors, including experience, rank, level of education, employer, and geographic location. Large urban police forces generally pay higher salaries than smaller forces located in rural areas. Similarly, detectives who work for federal agencies typically earn more than those employed by state or local police departments.
Benefits Full time detectives receive health insurance, pension plans, and paid sick days and vacation time.
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Sample Career Paths LEVEL1 Earnings $30,000 to $50,000 a year Requirements High school diploma Preferably a college degree physical fitness requirements Completion of basic training responsibilities Enforcing laws of city and state; patrolling neighborhoods; apprehending criminals; assisting victims of crimes; doing administrative paperwork. LEVEL 2 Earnings $50,000 to $75,000 a year At least 3 years of exp as regular police officer. Requirements Strong on-the-job performance Completion of exam, if required by police force responsibilities Gathering evidence in criminal investigations; keeping accurate records; arresting suspects; testifying in court. LEVEL 3 Earnings $75,000 to $110,000 a year Requirements Many years of experience as a detective responsibilities Gathering evidence in criminal investigations; keeping accurate records; arresting suspects; testifying in court; leading task forces; supervising other detectives.
Pros Get to arrest people You get a badge and gun You EARN the respect from the towns people If any suspects attacks you then you can use self defense
Cons Late Hours Paperwork You may see dead bodies on occasion their maybe long drives to court or to the scene
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