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Iv always wondered, is there a special unit for blood spatter, or is that just with the CSI field.

This field has always interested me because i'v watched crime shows and also its something that I wouldn't mind to get into once i graduate from high school. #Criminal Justice # Blood Spatter #Forensics

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Mistie’s Answer

Hello Chase. Blood spatter analysis is a specialized area within Forensics. It really depends on what route you want to take as you can get training through the agency you work for (police department, crime lab, etc) or as an independent contractor. In some cases, individuals will work as private blood spatter experts who are hired to testify for the defense attorney while in most cases, blood spatter experts are trained to assist investigators in a case. When I worked as a Crime Scene Specialist, I received 16 hours of training in blood spatter analysis, the training I chose as I was interested in the area. I could have moved forward in my training if I wanted to become a fully trained expert. It really is a fascinating area. Just know that you will have to perform a lot of testimony in the courtroom, which is a huge component of the position. Good luck to you!

Mistie recommends the following next steps:

Review the agency where you would like to work and see what options are available.
Reach out to a blood spatter expert to get some advice.
Begin looking in to blood spatter schooling or education.
Thank you comment icon Awesome and very helpful response! Marilyn Medina
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Dr. Kristi’s Answer

Hi Chase,

In most states, this certification falls under your Crime Scene Investigation certification. As a former senior CSI with over 40 hours of specialized training in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, I must say analyzing blood spatter can be an amazing experience, with extreme detailing that requires mathematics. What type of colleges and universities are you looking at attending after high school?

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