What kind of education do you need to become a crime scene investigator?
A degree in criminology is probably way up on the list, if not at the top. A minor in chemistry, physics, or biology would be extremely helpful and is probably necessary. Best way to find out, call a major city's police department (not 911 :) and ask around. If they have a CSI-type department, you should be able to find a spokesperson who could better answer your question.
Answer WRONG--> absolutely not....a police officer many times is a crime scene investigator on his own...maybe not murders but burglaries, car larcenies, etc.....college cannot give you what you need to know to be a good crime scene investigator...only experience with criminals and the scenes themselves can give you what you need... You have to go to college to become a crime scene investigator because you need a degree in criminal justice and forensic science.
If you are referring to a Police Crime Scene Investigator then the benefits are the resources available to that investigator. Public agencies often partner in investigating crimes. The state patrol has crime labs and technicians that will respond and assist. A Police Crime Scene Investigator often brings a large amount of experience to the investigation. They are constantly working in this area of law enforcement. They also have more equipment at their fingertips. A Private…
A'crime scene technician' and a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) are just different terminology used for the same job. they are specialists whose duties it is to gather the evidence at the scene of the offense and preserve it in such a way as to make it usable as evidence. The 'technician' may, or may not, be a sworn officer.
being a crime scene investigator takes hands on learning usually associated with being a law enforcement officer, and becoming a crime scene investigator. You can get degrees in most science areas and become a criminologist working in a lab obtaining results on things such as DNA and other evidence submitted by law enforcement affiliates. Generally though it will take working in an actual police department to then gain the experience needed to be a crime…
The site www.crime-scene-investigator.net is full of information about CSIs and the Forensic field. Check out how to become a CSI at http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/becomeone.html. Also, on the employment page http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/employment.html you can look at the job descriptions on current postings to see what different jobs are involved in being a Forensic Crime Scene Investigator. This network is a great resource for anyone interested in the Forensic field!