Imagine pulling into your driveway and seeing your neighbor’s house surrounded by police, flashing lights, and caution tape with bodies covered in white sheet on the lawn. It was a drive by shooting. Next, a van pulls up and a Criminal Investigator steps out and starts assessing the crime scene. She begins taking photos, marking shell casings, packaging evidence, documenting tire treads on the pavement and inspecting and collecting DNA evidence from the bodies. Criminal Investigators are highly trained college graduates that are a vital part of bringing criminals to justice.
A Criminal Investigator is an exciting, always changing career that also helps make a difference. Criminal Investigators help make a difference in a community by assessing and solving crimes like burglaries, homicides, assaults, and other problems in communities where there is any criminal intent. Also after a crime has been committed, Investigators will follow up on leads and may testify in court (“Criminal Investigator Job Description). Some people that become criminal investigators were or also are police officers. Criminal Investigators work with many people such as, police officers, detectives, medical examiners, and photographers to solve criminal cases.
The job of Criminal Investigator has varying working conditions. Some days require long shifts that can fall on weekends, during the day, at night, even on holidays (“Become a Criminal Investigator”). In some cases a Criminal Investigator can be on call twenty four hours a day (“Crime Scene Investigator”). There are also days spent strictly in the lab running numerous tests and experiments. The days spent in the lab require patience because most of the testing and experiments take hours, sometimes days to complete. Every day spent as a Criminal Investigator requires a person to be very focused and detailed in everything they do (“Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)”)
To become a Criminal Investigator a person can start qualifying themselves in high school by taking four years of science instead of the required three years. Classes like computer technology or computer science classes are also beneficial (Mesloh). The Criminal Investigator career requires a four year degree or Bachelor’s degree in a criminal justice program. In his letter, Dr. Mesloh states, “Students can choose courses that provide hands-on training in a crime lab setting. Utilizing audiovisual programs and aids, fingerprint kits, drug identification and handwriting analysis”. A great college for a degree in criminal justice that is in Michigan would be Michigan State University MSU is ranked seven in the country for criminal justice. The average cost of boarding and tuition is about 22,000 dollars (“School of Criminal Justice”). Most The average amount of time to obtain this career is...