Police Identification and Records Officers

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About the Job

Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.

It is also Called

  • Site Identification Specialist
  • Police Crime Scene Technician
  • Parts Identification Technician
  • Latent Print Examiner
  • Latent Fingerprint Examiner
  • Identification Technician
  • Identification Officer
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Forensic Sergeant
  • Forensic Scientist
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What They Do

  • Interview victims, witnesses, suspects, and other law enforcement personnel.
  • Perform emergency work during off-hours.
  • Process film and prints from crime or accident scenes.
  • Coordinate or conduct instructional classes or in-services, such as citizen police academy classes and crime scene training for other officers.
  • Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.
  • Testify in court and present evidence.
  • Look for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
  • Identify, compare, classify, and file fingerprints, using systems such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) or the Henry Classification System.
  • Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
  • Photograph crime or accident scenes for evidence records.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $82,660 with most people making between $50,430 and $130,200

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,490 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,450 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 90 replacement openings for approximately 90 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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