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Police Identification & Records Officers

Also called: Crime Scene Investigator, Crime Scene Technician, Criminalist, Forensic Specialist

What they do:
Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.
  • Package, store and retrieve evidence.
  • Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • order or arrange things
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Visio Hot Technology
Data base user interface and query software
  • DataWorks Plus Digital CrimeScene
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$79,970
$42,880
$135,530
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