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can I become a CSI on 18 years old?

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Michelle’s Answer

Nicola, if you want to be a Crime Scene Investigator, you can be. There are several ways to get into Crime Scene. First you will need to be studying in the Forensic field or Criminal Justice Field. As a high schooler, there are programs where you can earn college credit in the field you want to go into, check to see if your high school offers these. If you are already college bound, then taking courses in your career field is a must. Criminal Justice courses tend to lead you to Corrections, Policing and the legal field (becoming a lawyer). But the course work is a good start. If you are interested in Forensics, then there are some programs at some schools that offer course work. This courses tend to be science based, Chemistry, Biology, etc. And the Forensic program is geared towards working in the Forensic labs, but also Crime Scene. Most CSI positions require a Bachelor's degree, which takes 3 to 4 years. But if you have early credit from a duel program in high school, it might only take you 2 years to obtain a Bachelor's degree.

Once you have started college, you can volunteer or intern (if they have those programs) with either your local police department or sheriff's departments. Being a volunteer or getting into an internship (usually unpaid), will help you get your foot in the door to a career. Crime Scene Investigator positions are few and far between, as most people do not leave the field until they retire. So you have to check for positions across the country. And you will most likely be willing to move to wherever there are positions, if you get hired.

Knowing what you want to do, is the best way to find the career and position you want to be in. Don't give up. Best of luck to you.
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Lucas’s Answer

Hi Nicola,
were I work in California you be a sworn police officer you need to be at least 21 years of age however in some parts of the united states you only need to be 18 to be a sworn police officer. I know some police departments CSI are not commissioned but you will need to be 18 years of age. I highly recommend in the united states a lot of police departments have a police explore program you should take place in that. so it really depends on the police department.
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