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Investigate the Scene.
Advances in scienceand technology have led tounprecedented
growth incrime scene investigations and forensics, havinggained
national attention thanks to television shows like theCSI series. This
popular track prepares students tobecomecrime scene technicians
whoplaymajor roles inapprehendingcriminals by locating,
identifying, photographing, processing, andpreservingevidence
at crime scenes and testifying incourt about their findings.
Students learn laboratory techniques andprocedures suchas the
comparisonand identificationof toolmarkings, blood, hair, fibers,
drugs, chemicals, photographs, firearms, ballistics, anddocuments.
By the time youhavecompleted this track, you’ll knowhowtocollect,
preserve, andexamineblood spatter andgun shot residueaswell as
evidence fromtrafficaccidentsandarsons. And youwill beanexpert
in thedetection, recovery, andenhancement of fingerprints.
Crime scene investigatorsmaywork for local, state, and federal law
enforcement agencies; stateattorneys; publicdefenders; medical
examiners; andprivatefirms. They areusually not swornofficers.
Join the Fight Against Crime.
If you have an interest in helping your community combat
crime and engaging in a fast-paced career, the law
enforcement track may be the right choice for you. Develop
the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in
police work, security, or criminal investigations. Since most
law enforcement agencies require job candidates to hold
associate degrees or higher, this track within the AS in
criminal justice technology educates students in the
fundamentals of law enforcement. Our program offers
students a wide range of police-related courses, exploring
subjects such as computer crimes, organized crime, drug
abuse and crime, and community relations.
Police Officer
Deputy Sheriff
Criminal Investigator
Special Agent
For more information on courses in the law enforcement and crime scene
tracks, visit