Police Identification and Records Officers
SOC: 33-3021.02

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
116,700 employed

Projected (2024):
115,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Accident Examiner
  • Accident Investigator
  • Computer Forensic Examiner
  • Computer Forensic Specialist
  • Corrections Identification Technician
  • Crime Lab Analyst (Crime Laboratory Analyst)
  • Crime Scene Evidence Technician
  • Crime Scene Examiner
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crime Scene Specialist
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Crime Victim Specialist
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Criminal Records Technician
  • Criminalist
  • Cyber Forensic Specialist
  • Detective
  • Detective Sergeant
  • Evidence Custodian
  • Evidence Technician
  • Field Identification Specialist
  • Fingerprint Classifier
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Forensic Science Examiner
  • Forensic Sergeant
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Identification Officer
  • Identification Technician
  • Latent Fingerprint Examiner
  • Latent Print Examiner
  • Parts Identification Technician
  • Police Crime Scene Technician
  • Police Detective
  • Police Evidence Technician
  • Police Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Police Photographer
  • Sergeant
  • Site Identification Specialist


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Photograph crime or accident scenes for evidence records.
  • Testify in court and present evidence.
  • Dust selected areas of crime scene and lift latent fingerprints, adhering to proper preservation procedures.
  • Look for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
  • Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
  • Package, store and retrieve evidence.
  • Perform emergency work during off-hours.
  • Process film and prints from crime or accident scenes.
  • Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.
  • Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
  • Identify, compare, classify, and file fingerprints, using systems such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) or the Henry Classification System.
  • Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.
  • Coordinate or conduct instructional classes or in-services, such as citizen police academy classes and crime scene training for other officers.
  • Interview victims, witnesses, suspects, and other law enforcement personnel.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 35 millimeter cameras
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Automobile door handle removers
  • Axes
  • Biohazard suits
  • Blood collection kits
  • Bolt cutters
  • Breathalyzers
  • Bulletproof vests
  • Camera lens filters
  • Claw hammers
  • Compound light microscopes
  • Crime scene rulers
  • Crime scene tape measures
  • Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA collection kits
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Distance measuring wheels
  • Drug testing kits
  • Electronic measuring devices
  • Electrostatic dust lifters
  • Evidence collection scalpels
  • Evidence scissors
  • Evidence tweezers
  • Filter masks
  • Fingerprint brushes
  • Fingerprint evidence kits
  • Fingerprint scanners
  • Footwear protectors
  • Fume hoods
  • Geological compasses
  • Glass evidence vials
  • Hacksaws
  • Handheld digital thermometers
  • Handheld evidence collection computers
  • High wavelength ultraviolet UV light
  • Impression casting kits
  • Infrared light sources
  • Instant print cameras
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser trajectory pointers
  • Low wavelength ultraviolet UV light
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Metal detectors
  • Microscope slides
  • Mobile data computers
  • Orange filter lenses
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Polarized filter lenses
  • Portable lasers
  • Power generators
  • Protective gloves
  • Pry bars
  • Red filter lenses
  • Respirators
  • Ridge counters
  • Safety glasses
  • Shovels
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Telephoto camera lenses
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Wide angle camera lenses
  • Wire cutters
  • Wood chisels
  • Yellow filter lenses
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Computer aided composite drawing software
  • Database software
  • DataWorks Plus Digital CrimeScene
  • DeChant Consulting Services iWitness
  • DesignWare 3D EyeWitness
  • Digital Image Management Solutions Crime Scene
  • Eos Systems PhotoModeler
  • Image enhancement software
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN
  • SmartDraw.com SmartDraw Legal
  • The CAD Zone The Crime Zone
  • Trancite Logic Systems ScenePD
  • Visual Statement Vista FX3 CSI
  • Web browser software


  • protective service


    industry stats

    SOC: 33-0000

    Total Employed: 3,351,620

    Average Annual Salary: $44,610