Investigates alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Law Enforcement Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Prepares reports that detail investigation findings.
- Obtains and verifies evidence by interviewing and observing suspects and witnesses or by analyzing records.
- Identifies case issues and evidence needed, based on analysis of charges, complaints, or allegations of law violations.
- Investigates organized crime, public corruption, financial crime, copyright infringement, civil rights violations, bank robbery, extortion, kidnapping, and other violations of federal or state statutes.
- Records evidence and documents, using equipment such as cameras and photocopy machines.
- Obtains and uses search and arrest warrants.
- Testifies before grand juries concerning criminal activity investigations.
- Searches for and collects evidence, such as fingerprints, using investigative equipment.
- Determines scope, timing, and direction of investigations.
- Collects and records physical information about arrested suspects, including fingerprints, height and weight measurements, and photographs.
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