Profession criminal investigator

Criminal investigators examine and process the scenes of crimes and the evidence found in them. They handle and protect the evidence compliant with rules and regulations, and isolate the scene from outside influence. They photograph the scene, ensure the maintenance of the evidence, and write reports.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Crime scene preservation

    The methods involved in the preservation of a crime scene so that the evidence and information that can be gathered from it for an investigation is uninfluenced by outside factors.

  • Forensic intelligence

    The procedures and methodology of gathering and analysing forensic intelligence and data for investigative purposes.

Skills

  • Photograph crime scenes

    Photograph (possible) crime scenes in a manner compliant with regulations, to ensure that all information necessary for the further investigation of the case is gathered and recorded.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Restrict access to crime scene

    Restrict public access to a crime scene by marking boundaries and ensuring officials are stationed to inform the public of access restriction and respond to potential attempts at crossing the boundaries.

  • Examine crime scenes

    Examine crime scenes upon arrival to ensure they are not tampered with, and to perform the initial assessments and analyses of what may have occurred, as well as examining the nature of the evidence present.

  • Handle evidence

    Handle evidence important for a case in a manner compliant with regulations, in order to not affect the state of the evidence in question and to ensure its pristine condition and usability in the case.

  • Document evidence

    Document all evidence found on a crime scene, during an investigation, or when presented in a hearing, in a manner compliant with regulations, to ensure that no piece of evidence is left out of the case and that records are maintained.

Optional knowledge and skills

detect finger prints evaluate forensic data perform laboratory tests promote human rights think analytically clean crime scenes undertake inspections perform forensic examinations maintain operational communications use different communication channels drug investigations investigate forgery cases comply with legal regulations assess contamination present evidence perform risk analysis criminology analyse blood patterns criminal law