Collects evidence at crime scenes, 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.
- Analyzes and processes evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
- Dusts selected areas of crime scene and lifts latent fingerprints, adhering to proper preservation procedures.
- Submits evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
- Photographs crime or accident scenes for evidence records.
- Identifies, compares, classifies, and files fingerprints, using systems such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) or the Henry Classification System.
- Looks for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
- Testifies in court and presents evidence.
- Serves as technical advisor and coordinates with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.