International Law & Public Safety

Crime Scene Technician

Sergeant Carl has a COOL JOB as a Crime Scene Technician.

How He Got That Gig:

“I was a police officer for 22 years, a Crime Scene Supervisor for the last seven years. To become a Crime Scene Technician you need a minimum of a high school diploma and 3 years experience in either law enforcement or chemistry and biology. You must pass a thorough background check and interviewing process to be hired. Once accepted you’ll spend 3 months in Crime Scene School and 3 months riding with a technician obtaining On The Job Training. You are then on probation for a year.”

A Day In The Life:

“There are three shifts; 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, 3:30 pm – 11:30 pm, or 11:30 pm – 7:30 am, 5 technicians per shift with three working at a time who take the crime scene calls. You may be working several cases at a time but priority is given to homicide, murder, rape and robbery.”

High Five:

“It’s a great feeling if the evidence you find can help put a bad guy behind bars, you are doing the right thing.”

Down Low:

“You consistently see death. In Kansas City alone there are over 130 homicides per year. If you add suicides and natural cause deaths that need investigation that number jumps to over 500.”

Words From The Wise:

“Take biology, chemistry and photography, get your degree. Forensic Science has become even more complicated due to technology available.”

1 or 2 Words To Describe His Job:

“It’s a mystery for you to solve!”

For More Information:

Contact your local Crime Scene Lab or talk to your school about a Forensic Science Degree.

Paying The Bills:

The pay is about $24,000 per year to start.

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