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Posted about 7 years ago

 

Hello everyone, I am new to the forum and had some questions. I have been in apartment management for the past 14 years and decided that I have had enough and want to persue my dream as a Criminialist, Investigator or Forensic Scientist (any would make me happy), so I started college this past February for my AS, majoring in Criminal Justice. My plan is to get in to a law enforcement-type job now, anything, while I am attending school, then work thru the ranks to get where I am wanting to go. I have initiated my plan by applying with various county and city positions. I passed the county 911 dispatcher test and ranked 4, my only concern is my typing speed. I failed the city test for that very reason, but scored great on everything else. I also have applied for police records tech as well. For the heck of it, I even applied for an open Forensic Investigator position, even though I am short on the school units, just to see what they will say. I have considered corrections, but worry that I will not pass the physical agilities test (alittle overweight), plus I don't think hubby can handle me gone for 16 weeks of training. I search on the web for available positions in neighboring cities, but they are mostly looking for police officers, which I don't desire to be. My question is this: have I turned over every stone possible at this stage? Should I back off and just consentrate on my education for now?? Any fresh ideas out there??

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Welcome to the site!

Sounds like you're on the right path. Depends on how much you can handle, you're education should be your priority at the moment, but if you can find the time to get your foot in the door and experience a little OJT it could be helpful. Have you researched the posibility of any entry level positions with any local laboratories? If that's your main course of study, I would concentrate on that. You won't get much forensics experience working in a jail...y'know?

Best of luck to you.

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That's an idea that didn't cross my mind. I have even looked at PI's and private security. Not much willingness to help for some reason. What I really want to do is become an identification technician (fingerprints) first. I've been monitioring my local Sheriff's Dept and City's Police Dept. Both have that position, just not available at this time. Can you think of any other outfits that one may acquire to get latent fingerprinting experience??

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

How about your state police?

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If I were you I would contact every "Identification Technician" in your area or within the area's you're willing to move to....see what they recommend. Why keep fishing in area's that might get you closer when you can go right to the source.........they will know exactly what you need and what it takes to get there.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Thanks GTS, I actually have applied with the state police (CHP-California Highway Patrol), but I had just missed the cut off , so I can not test until the fall.
Thanks Tat, I believe that I saw a webste (organization) for ID tech's, maybe I can call them, get the number to "local" ID techs in my area and give them a call....

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Look into the Medical Examiners office. Forensic Technician. Look into an Intership program through your school & local medical examiners office.

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Hi! I'm new to the site and have a question. I am currently a corrections officer in the state of Georgia. I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree(with an emphasis on Law). Does anyone have any thoughts on possible careers that would utilize this degree? I would really like to go into law (took the LSAT but didn't get in this year), but I would also like to teach.

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Hello Everybody! I'm another newcomer to the site and would like to ask a question or two. I have recently enrolled to working on my criminal justice degree and still considering which feild I want to persue,but I have a few minor offenses from my past like OARs,a couple batterys that I was wrongly convicted of,and disorderlys,are these things that would be held against me when I try to enter the police acadamy or join a police force?

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gb2950 said:

Look into the Medical Examiners office. Forensic Technician. Look into an Intership program through your school & local medical examiners office.

Internships are great way to go most recruit that way good background