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Top 44 Crime Scene Investigator Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Crime Scene Investigator. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Crime Scene Investigator resumes they appeared on. For example, 26.7% of Crime Scene Investigator resumes contained Physical Evidence as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Crime Scene Investigator actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

These are the most important skills for a Crime Scene Investigator:

1. Physical Evidence

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  • Collected, analyzed and interpreted information, documentation and physical evidence associated with investigations.
  • Collected and preserved physical evidence photographs and laboratory submissions.
  • Identify, collect and package biological evidence, physical evidence, latent fingerprints, shoe impressions, and tire impressions.
  • Attended autopsies and assisted the pathologist with collection of physical evidence from the deceased by taking photographs and thorough notes.
  • Examine and process physical evidence, trace evidence and latent fingerprints both on scene and in the laboratory.
  • Responded to call out situations in order to preserve, document, collect and process physical evidence.
  • Collect, develop, package, and secure physical evidence in warehouse / property room.
  • Processed crime scenes and provided direction regarding the processing & submission of physical evidence.
  • Identify, collect, package and store both trace and physical evidence.
  • Prepared case reports from allegations, interview transcripts and physical evidence.
  • Documented, recovered, and preserved items of physical evidence.
  • Process physical evidence on wet/dry surfaces to retrieve latent fingerprints.
  • Identified, collected, and preserved physical evidence.
  • Located, processed, and preserved physical evidence.
  • Identified, collected, transported and preserved physical evidence for laboratory analysis or courtroompresentation.
  • Process Crime Scenes for physical evidence Take photographs and video Prepare case files Testify in court

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2. Crime Scenes

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Here's how Crime Scenes is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Prepared detailed reports of observations and activities, and testified in depositions regarding findings and processing methods used at crime scenes
  • Observe, preserve, document, analyze, and collect evidence from crime scenes to prepared written detailed investigative reports.
  • Testified in court cases including grand jury; reconstructed crime scenes for presentation and maintained integrity of records processing.
  • Investigate various types of major crime scenes ranging from property crimes, financial crimes, and violent crime.
  • Crafted an MOU with Palm Beach State College and instruct college students on actual crime scenes.
  • Collected evidence from crime scenes including photographs, dusting for prints, measuring and reenactments.
  • Sketch and transform crime scenes into diagrams utilizing Vista F/X CAD post production software.
  • Responded to accident and crime scenes in order to collect and preserve evidence.
  • Collected and processed evidence; reconstructed numerous crime scenes and vehicle accidents.
  • Transcribed phone records, financial statements, visited several crime scenes.
  • Processed crime scenes and evidence while adhering to the state laws.
  • Photographed and provided overall sketch of crime scenes.
  • Fingerprint & photograph crime scenes and victims.
  • Collected and protected evidence from crime scenes.
  • Responded to police crime scenes.
  • Identified, collected, recorded and preserved all physical evidence found at crime scenes for laboratory examination.
  • Investigate, document, and preserve the integrity of crime scenes utilizing forensic photography and videography.
  • Responded to crime scenes; documented, collected and preserved items of evidentiary value.
  • Conduct scans of crime scenes and soft targets using Leica ScanStation 2 and Panoscan 360 forensic scanning and photography equipment.
  • Responded to Crime Scenes Detailed Report Writing Testified in Court

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3. Criminal Investigations

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Here's how Criminal Investigations is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Conducted criminal investigations at crime scenes involving detection, collection, preservation, evaluation and presentation of evidence.
  • Prepare investigative reports, scientific forensic analysis reports and other documents in support of criminal investigations.
  • Prepared detailed investigative reports pertaining to criminal investigations, evidence processing and collection of forensic evidence.
  • Conducted computer forensic examinations in support of U.S. Air Force criminal investigations.
  • Worked within the Criminal Investigations Department as an investigator.
  • Conduct single-issue criminal polygraph examinations for criminal investigations.
  • Conducted death and other criminal investigations.
  • Assist police officers with criminal investigations.
  • Draft and serve subpoenas, search warrants, arrest warrants, and other court orders in support of criminal investigations.
  • Conducted other criminal investigations, ranging from auto theft to homicide.
  • Hired as a civilian employee in the Criminal Investigations Unit.

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4. Laboratory Analysis

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Here's how Laboratory Analysis is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Searched, collected, recorded and preserved evidence for laboratory analysis and comparison.

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5. Digital Photography

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Here's how Digital Photography is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Examine physical criminal evidence in a latent fingerprint lab using powder and chemical enhancement, digital photography.
  • Assisted in the transition from traditional film photography to digital photography.
  • Document crime scenes, by utilizing digital photography and various flash techniques.

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6. Police Department

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Here's how Police Department is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Act as the representative for the Forest Park Police Department at the Child Protocol and Fatality review Board.
  • Served as liaison between police department, community organizations, faculty, staff and students.
  • Seek and complete Corporate or Foundation grants for the Elizabeth City Police Department.
  • Write complex reports and correspondence to members of the San Antonio Police Department.
  • Assist with yearly budget, along with writing grants for the police department.
  • Assisted authorities with crime scene investigations conducted by the Gadsden Police Department.
  • Provided technical support for other units in the police department.
  • Provide information technology services to the Gibsonville Police Department.
  • Conducted various crime scene investigations as I also held the position of Evidence Technician (trained by theBirmingham Police Department).
  • Testify in court about investigative or analytical methods or findings.CITY OF COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT, Columbia, SC
  • answer for crime stoppers tip lines across the states and file reports to the police department
  • Led the Middletown Police Department in arrests in 1996.
  • participated in a internship with the City of Northglenn under the Police department as a Assistant CSI.

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7. Financial Crimes

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Here's how Financial Crimes is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Conduct in-depth investigations involving fraud and financial crimes.
  • Investigate internet-related crime and financial crimes.
  • Performed criminal investigative duties and assignments under limited supervision involving financial crimes on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

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8. Latent Prints

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Here's how Latent Prints is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Recovered latent prints/ other physical evidence, prepared accurate reports pertaining to evidence property and crime scene activities.
  • Certified Crime Scene Analyst and Court Certified Expert Witness in Latent Prints.
  • Processed items of evidence for latent prints using various latent print methods.
  • Dusted for latent prints and collected those that were developed.
  • Lifted latent prints discovered on scene.
  • Collected trace evidence, serological evidence, and processed items for latent prints through a variety of methods.

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9. DNA

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Here's how DNA is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Remained knowledgeable in the forensic disciplines: DNA, Latent Print, Firearm Examinations, Explosive Chemistry and Trace Evidence analysis.
  • Collected possible DNA samples from the scene, victims, and suspects.
  • Collect Fingerprints, DNA, and Blood evidence from numerous crime scenes.
  • Processed the scene for latent prints and DNA evidence.
  • Send specimens to laboratory to obtain DNA.
  • Collect buccal swabs from suspects and victims for DNA analysis.

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10. Family Law

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11. Child Abuse

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12. Suspicious Activity

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Here's how Suspicious Activity is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Conduct interviews regarding suspicious activity to determine appropriate action.
  • Worked closely with Fraud and Credit Departments to review internal referrals for possible suspicious activity on customer's accounts.
  • Analyze gather data and decide whether to file and prepare a Suspicious Activity Report.

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13. Arrest Warrants

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Here's how Arrest Warrants is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Obtained subpoenas and arrest warrants while preparing court evidence and investigative reports for Prosecutors.
  • Conducted forensic interviews and secured arrest warrants.
  • Prepare search and arrest warrants when necessary.

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14. Court Testimony

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Here's how Court Testimony is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Perform public safety, court testimony, community involvement, training, public speaking awareness programs.
  • Coordinate with Prosecutors and US Attorneys to provide expert court testimony as required.
  • Used various computer based systems to perform analytical/statistical functions and to create presentations for briefings and court testimony.
  • Court Testimony.Maintained forfeiture accounts and Department auctions.
  • Attended all pre-trails with defense and District Attorneys and assisted in evidence reviews in preparation for court testimony.
  • Certified Marijuana Examiner Complete detailed reports Provide Court Testimony

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15. Court Hearings

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Here's how Court Hearings is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Verified and authenticated the validity and admissibility of evidence and preserved its integrity for court hearings.

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16. SAR

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Here's how SAR is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Completed necessary reports to document investigative activity to be used in criminal prosecution and testified as necessary.
  • Assisted as necessary at crime scenes and coordinated investigative efforts.
  • Complete and release evidence whenever necessary.
  • Process evidence in lab setting using various techniques to include powder, chemical, and alternate light sources as necessary.
  • Make the necessary investigations & quickly on the committed crime, detain suspects and bring them before court.
  • Prepare Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) in compliance with established regulatory guidelines and time frames.
  • Administered the encryption necessary for ensuring the department's compliance with The Department of Justice.
  • Created and submitted SAR's to FINCEN (Govt) based on analysis/findings.
  • Complete necessary paperwork for the State of Tennessee in these situations.
  • Closed accounts and filed SAR's with FinCEN as warranted.
  • Write suspicious activity reports (SAR).
  • Testified in court as necessary.
  • Ordered all necessary equipment needed for the sustainment of the unit.

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17. Law Enforcement

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Here's how Law Enforcement is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Apprehended offenders and assisted other law enforcement agencies in locating and apprehending fugitives within jurisdictional boundaries of the installation.
  • Coordinate all investigative findings with appropriate regulatory and law enforcement agencies for further investigation and prosecution.
  • Facilitate and present training opportunities on ORC investigations throughout the Greater Cincinnati law enforcement community.
  • Investigated fraudulent activity among company's applicants, reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.
  • Collaborated effectively with fellow law enforcement to apprehend criminals.
  • Coordinate with appropriate law enforcement and other investigative agencies.
  • Educated other Law Enforcement partners and the public on proper procedures for crime scene processing to ensure proper protocol is followed.
  • Collaborate with several local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and other retailers to combat large scale/complex theft investigations.
  • Work with other Law Enforcement Agencies and provide assistance for their investigations using my knowledge, training, and experience.
  • Conduct training for a diversity of law enforcement agencies, municipalities, organizations and the criminal justice system.
  • Plan is to become a crime scene investigator and detective for local and state law enforcement
  • Conduct internal theft investigations and interviews in partnership with Human Resources and Law Enforcement.
  • Provide surveillance video to Law Enforcement to assist when bank robbery has taken place.
  • Provide testimony in a court of law involving cases assigned to law enforcement.
  • Direct communication with Law Enforcement during course of multiple month long investigations.
  • Assisted law enforcement agencies with the investigations of criminal cases.
  • Performed routine patrol duties and other Law Enforcement functions.
  • Partnered with with law enforcement and prosecutors to build and successfully prosecute multiple ORC cases and shut down fencing locations.
  • Coordinated and worked closely with law enforcement, social service agencies and mental health providers.
  • Conducted operational planning in McAllen, El Paso, Laredo and San Antonio and worked closely with other law enforcement agencies.

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18. Domestic Violence

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Here's how Domestic Violence is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Presented domestic violence programs to civilian organizations.
  • Assisted with updating department information on domestic violence (DV Packets), and crisis situations.
  • Nominated Head Investigator of Domestic Violence, responsible in gathering evidence at various crime scenes.
  • Investigated violent crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.
  • Prepared lesson plans and presented informative curriculum about Domestic Violence through the South Carolina Attorney Generals Office STOP the Violence program.

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19. Afis

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Here's how Afis is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Evaluate impressions for AFIS (automated fingerprint identification system) potential.
  • Scan and evaluate fingerprint impressions into the AFIS system.

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20. AML

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Here's how AML is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Assisted in the training of new AML Associates.
  • Commended for the seamless integration of new technology to uniquely identify and catalogue seized evidence.
  • Assist in BSA/AML training enterprise wide Review BSA/AML software to enhance investigative information.

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21. Identity Theft

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Here's how Identity Theft is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Conducted criminal investigations involving allegations of Embezzlement, Identity Theft, Forgery, and all other crimes involving substantial monetary loss.
  • Affected investigative related arrests to include: sexual battery, aggravated battery, robbery, forgery/uttering, identity theft.
  • Conducted training on Internet Safety, Identity theft and securing digital evidence.

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22. Crime Scene Reports

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Here's how Crime Scene Reports is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Prepared crime scene reports utilizing evidence gathered.
  • Documented findings through crime scene reports, adhering to established procedures legally sufficient for court or other formal proceedings.
  • Compose crime scene reports, incident reports, or correspondence regarding non-routine matters for supervisor's signature.
  • Prepared detailed investigation and crime scene reports for testimony in court.
  • Submitted highly technical forensic crime scene reports on findings.
  • Type and edit correspondence, crime scene reports, and administrative papers using computer software applications such as Microsoft Word.

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23. Crime Victims

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24. Expert Testimony

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Here's how Expert Testimony is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Provided expert testimony in criminal cases and successfully managed a work load of multiple open and concurrent investigations.
  • Facilitated joint investigations with the Division of Police * Provided court reports and expert testimony on high profile cases.
  • Provided expert testimony and responded to approximately 25 homicides and 200-300 burglaries per year.
  • Work in conjunction with investigations of sworn investigators and provide expert testimony in court.
  • Provided expert testimony in court.
  • Provide expert testimony Decrypted computer files detailing the confessions of a serial killer.

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25. Scientific Evaluation

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Here's how Scientific Evaluation is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Responded to various crime scenes to collect photographic and trace evidence for scientific evaluation.
  • Gathered and ensured integrity of physical evidence or subsequent scientific evaluation and court presentaion.

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26. Internal Investigations

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Here's how Internal Investigations is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Coordinate and conduct internal investigations of problems such as employee theft and violations of corporate loss prevention policies.

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27. International Association

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Here's how International Association is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Certified Crime Scene Investigator through the International Association for Identification.

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28. Fincen

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Here's how Fincen is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Follow up on sub reviews and documentation required information for FinCEN reporting.

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29. Grand Jury

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Here's how Grand Jury is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Prepare and present case files to the Grand Jury for Indictment considerations.
  • Experienced in criminal trial testimony, Grand Jury testimony as well as Huntley, Wade, Dunaway, and Mapp hearings.

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30. Government Agencies

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31. Processing Method

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Here's how Processing Method is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Testified in court regarding the findings and processing methods of evidence used at the scene.
  • Analyze information for most and effective processing methods.

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32. Patrol Officers

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Here's how Patrol Officers is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Created budget friendly evidence collection boxes for investigations and patrol officers.
  • Created reference sheets for patrol officers to identify state criminal and traffic codes for any county or town ordinances.
  • Reviewed latent prints that had been recovered by the Patrol Officers to determine if they were of value.
  • Trained patrol officers and SENTINAL in basic crime scene procedures.

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33. Fingerprint Analysis

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Here's how Fingerprint Analysis is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Conduct Fingerprint analysis for new hire/candidates for all new academy classes.
  • Court appointed expert in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Shooting Reconstruction, Crime Scene Reconstruction and Fingerprint Analysis / Examination.

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34. Local Laws

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Here's how Local Laws is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Comply with policy, procedures of Federal, State and local laws.

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35. BSA

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Here's how BSA is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Provided support to BSA/OFAC compliance issues to insure regulatory are met through various monitoring systems.

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36. IAI

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Here's how IAI is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Maintained liaisons with law enforcement agencies and other institutions.
  • Managed cases, operations, liaison, and worked w/ federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies.
  • Certified Fingerprint Examiner (IAI) Court qualified Latent Print Examination, Blood spatter interpretation, and Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Operated as a liaison officer to private, local, state, federal, military and international agencies.
  • Attend Command meetings and act as a liaison between the Command staff and Patrol Division.
  • Acted as a professional liaison to various outside law enforcement agencies and municipalities.
  • Act as a liaison to law enforcements, IRS, internal auditors, and federal agents.
  • Trained with Lt.Lau and IAI certified latent print examiner.

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37. Powerpoint

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Here's how Powerpoint is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Presented to schools, community organizations, and local corporations prevention techniques in a PowerPoint format.

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38. General Public

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Here's how General Public is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Protected the lives and property of the general public by overt and covert patrol.
  • Addressed questions and concerns from the general public.

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39. ATF

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Here's how ATF is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Campaign included the briefing of ATF, FBI and Secret Service units on area crime and confidential investigations.
  • Processed evidence for DEA, ATF, FBI and several other area agencies.

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40. SGT

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Here's how SGT is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Review routine correspondence for grammar, punctuation, and consistency with the organization's required format.Supervisor: Sgt.

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41. Financial Institutions

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Here's how Financial Institutions is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Submit 314b requests for information to neighboring financial institutions in order to obtain additional information on our mutual customer.
  • Submitted 314B requests to other financial institutions.

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42. Special Projects

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Here's how Special Projects is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Initiate the need for special projects and coordinate scheduling of staff training.

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43. Federal Courts

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Here's how Federal Courts is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Testify in local, state, and federal courts on crime scene procedure.
  • Testified in District, Superior and Federal courts.

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44. Comprehensive Reports

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Here's how Comprehensive Reports is used in Crime Scene Investigator jobs:
  • Write thorough and comprehensive reports regarding information gathered during investigations.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and complete all necessary paperwork for case files.
  • Write thorough and comprehensive reports.

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20 Most Common Skills For A Crime Scene Investigator

Physical Evidence

31.1%

Crime Scenes

10.7%

Criminal Investigations

7.7%

Laboratory Analysis

6.7%

Digital Photography

6.3%

Police Department

5.5%

Financial Crimes

4.3%

Latent Prints

3.7%

DNA

3.2%

Family Law

2.7%

Child Abuse

2.6%

Suspicious Activity

2.6%

Arrest Warrants

2.4%

Court Testimony

2.2%

Court Hearings

2.1%

SAR

1.9%

Law Enforcement

1.2%

Domestic Violence

1.1%

Afis

1.0%

AML

1.0%
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Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Crime Scene Investigator

Rank Skill
1 Physical Evidence 26.7%
2 Crime Scenes 9.2%
3 Criminal Investigations 6.6%
4 Laboratory Analysis 5.8%
5 Digital Photography 5.4%
6 Police Department 4.7%
7 Financial Crimes 3.7%
8 Latent Prints 3.2%
9 DNA 2.8%
10 Family Law 2.3%
11 Child Abuse 2.2%
12 Suspicious Activity 2.2%
13 Arrest Warrants 2.0%
14 Court Testimony 1.9%
15 Court Hearings 1.8%
16 SAR 1.7%
17 Law Enforcement 1.0%
18 Domestic Violence 0.9%
19 Afis 0.9%
20 AML 0.8%
21 Identity Theft 0.8%
22 Crime Scene Reports 0.8%
23 Crime Victims 0.8%
24 Expert Testimony 0.8%
25 Scientific Evaluation 0.8%
26 Internal Investigations 0.7%
27 International Association 0.7%
28 Fincen 0.6%
29 Grand Jury 0.6%
30 Government Agencies 0.6%
31 Processing Method 0.6%
32 Patrol Officers 0.6%
33 Fingerprint Analysis 0.6%
34 Local Laws 0.6%
35 BSA 0.5%
36 IAI 0.5%
37 Powerpoint 0.5%
38 General Public 0.5%
39 ATF 0.4%
40 SGT 0.4%
41 Financial Institutions 0.4%
42 Special Projects 0.4%
43 Federal Courts 0.4%
44 Comprehensive Reports 0.4%
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