Career outlook for scenes of crime officer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would find, collect and record evidence from crime scenes in order to help solve crimes. This would involve working with police officers during the investigation. You may work directly for a police force or with a security services company that works with the police.
It would be your job to recover evidence from all types of crime, ranging from minor crimes to murder and rape. If you were an assistant SOCO or volume crime scene investigator (VCSI), you would deal with more common crimes such as vehicle theft.
- Protect the crime scene so that evidence can be recovered without being lost or damaged
- Find out what evidence is needed and decide the best way to collect it
- Record the scene using photography and video
- Search for footprints and for marks left by tools or weapons
- Record fingerprint evidence
- Collect evidence such as fibres, blood, hair, paint or glass using various techniques
- Put samples into protective packaging and send them for analysis
- Keep records, produce statements and update systems with details of evidence
- Give evidence in court and attend post-mortems
You’d need to be able to stay calm in unpleasant and distressing situations, and to keep confidential information private.
You would also need to be willing to work flexibly.
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