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How do I get my foot in the door to become a crime scene investigator, or a forensic evidence technician?

36 year old female going back to school so I can be a crime scene investigators, or anything dealing with forensics. #forensics #law-enforcement #forensic #criminal-justice #investigator #crime scene

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Blaine’s Answer

Most LEA’s will require a strong background in the biological sciences, specifically in the fields of biology and chemistry. You will need to gain experience in basic police procedures and in evidence gathering. Many students focus on life sciences, chemistry and criminal justice; although it is my opinion the sciences far outweigh a degree in CJ. Most police departments offer entry level positions as police or evidence technicians. As you are focusing on your education you may want to consider becoming a volunteer with search and rescue or other in similar areas. Many communities also have police based youth programs and are usually looking for volunteers and mentors. The key is to become involved and to become familiar with others in the police community. You may also ask your local PD to go on ride alongs with field officers. Get out and meet the professionals you want to one day work with. As a former LEO, I loved our volunteers. Not only will you gain experience and knowledge, but you will make a great impression upon those who make the hiring decisions. In a nutshell: 1) Education
2) Entry positions
3) Volunteering
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Gabrielle’s Answer

School is number one of course! Putting yourself out there during classes and networking with your professors and classmates is gonna be such an asset. So many people are afraid to let their peers know what they want out of their education that they forget that we all know so many different people! By just letting your peers know your end goal after your education can really set you up as far as getting introduced to mentors and such.
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David’s Answer

If you are already back in school and took some course work from Criminal Justice in terms of crime scene investigator or a forensic related courses, you have already step your foot in this area, only thing left is the hands on experiences for it, which you can either go through your school to do some shadowing or volunteering work and then move into internship and maybe land the job after graduating with the require degree or diploma. You can always go to any criminal justice organization or agency to help you get into gaining experiences or stepping into the field.
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Harold’s Answer

I believe you have to get a degree in forensic science. Depending on the jurisdiction or department will dictate is this is a sworn or civilian position with that department.
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