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Crime Scene Investigator
Transcript of Crime Scene Investigator
Crime Scene Investigator
minimum requirement of a Bachelor's degree or Associates degree in Forensic science or in Natural science
usually takes up to four years of full time study
types of evidence
Types of impressions: tool marks, fingerprints, fabric impressions, footwear, bite marks and tire marks.
Forensic Biology: blood, body fluids, hair, nail scrapings, blood stain patterns,
Trace Evidence: gun shot residues, arson accelerant, paint, glass and fibers.
Firearms:weapons, gun powder patterns, casings, projectiles, fragments, pellets, wadding and cartridges.
Crime scene investigators are at risk....
to contract communicable diseases
when they are working at active crime scenes
for suffering mental effects
when those they have testified against are released from jail
Crime Scene Investigators salary:
City vs small town:
City CSI salary- $60,000 to $85,000
Small town CSI salary- about $50,000
Sometimes, small towns aren't able to afford crime scene investigators, or just simply don't have one.
They're police investigators:
they start at the crime scene.
They always protect the crime scene and the evidence.
Identify anyone at crime scene
and mark boundaries
The investigation depends on the first person who can properly identify and secure the scene.
They use barriers such as:
Where do CSI work?
facts and history
Crime Scene Investigators are most commonly found at the crime scene collecting evidence or in the lab running tests. Sometimes you will even find them in the court room.
Occurred as long ago as in Prehistoric times.
Early man took fingerprints by pressing fingers in clay or rock.
And in 700 B.C: the Chinese started to record fingerprints on documents and clay sculptures.
CSI were usually well trained police officers, and still are, but now the role is given to people with more scientific expertise.
Crime Scene investigators are always searching for evidence such as.....
To Become a Crime Scene Investigator:
Crime Scene Investigators have a higher salary
if they got their Masters degree.
A lot of evidence that Crime Scene Investigators gather could be very harmful if not handled properly. If they are not careful with human tissue or blood evidence they could contract a communicable disease. They often come into contact with chemical substances.
CSI are not usually at great risk for injury because by the time they arrive at the crime scene it has already been secured. Some risks inherent to working at active crime scenes because the perpetrators still may be at large. CSI put themselves at risk by spending time at active crime scenes.
Repeatedly seeing the horrors of crime scenes can be mentally taxing. Crime Scene Investigators must be able to handle their emotions, when it comes to seeing horrific crimes. Workers who lack this skill may suffer long-lasting mental effects and require counseling to handle the stress coming from the job.
The job of a Crime Scene Investigator is extremely taxing. The workload is heavy. They have to work odd hours, reporting to work whenever a crime happens so they can collect necessary evidence. This can take away from family time and make you more prone to burnout.
When they are not gathering or interpreting evidence, Crime Scene Investigators serve as expert witnesses in criminal trials. They can face risks of revengfull action from people related to the defendants whom they are testifying. They are also at risk if those they have testified against are released from jail or convictions are not secured.
1. What is one risk that is associated with being a crime scene investigator?
2. About how many years of full time study does it take to become a crime scene investigator?
3. What is the average salary for a Crime Scene Investigator who works in the city?
4. Where is one place you could find a Crime Scene Investigator?
5.What do they use to prevent access to the crime scene?
Colleges you can attend to become a Crime Scene Investigator include...
University of Phoenix ( Online )
American Academy of Forensic Science
And many others.
1. contracting communicable diseases, working at active crime scenes, lasting mental effects, burnout, or when those they have testified against are released from jail.
2. About 4 years
3. $60,000 - $85,000
4. At the crime scene, in the lab, or testifying in court
5. Barrier tape and ropes
By: Grace O'Dell and Julia Parks