Collects evidence at crime scene, classifies and identifies fingerprints, and photographs evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Law Enforcement Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Maintains records of evidence and writes and reviews reports.
- Packages, stores and retrieves evidence.
- Submits evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
- Testifies in court and presents evidence.
- Analyzes and processes evidence at crime scenes, during autopsies, or in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
- Looks for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
- Photographs crime or accident scenes for evidence records.
- Dusts selected areas of crime scene and lifts latent fingerprints, adhering to proper preservation procedures.
- Creates sketches and diagrams by hand or with computer software to depict crime scenes.
- Serves as technical advisor and coordinates with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.