Crime Scene Investigator Overview
A Crime Scene Investigator is a Sergeant in the Indiana State Police Department. CSIs provide technical crime scene processing and court testimony as required. This includes identifying and collecting potential evidence, reconstructing the events of the crime and physically linking potential suspects to the crime.
Forensic Scientist Overview
The job duties and responsibilities of a Forensic Scientist are the following:
- Conduct analysis on evidence (various depending on discipline):
- Serological tests to identify and analyze body fluids, tissues and various types of related matter.
- DNA analysis.
- Examination and determination of physical, microscopic, and compositional characteristics of physical evidence such as fibers, paint, glass, and ignitable liquids.
- Drug identification.
- Handwriting comparisons and questioned document examinations.
- Examination of firearms and firearms related evidence.
- Latent fingerprint development and comparisons.
- Communicate analytical procedures, methodology, and conclusions to various representatives of the criminal justice system including court testimony as an expert witness.
- Participate in a proficiency testing program.
- Assist in calibration and maintenance of laboratory instruments.
- Participate in training and continuing education programs.
- Prepare laboratory case notes and written reports.
The educational requirements for a Forensic Scientist are as follows:
- A Baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or forensic science.
- Must have successfully completed two of the following three college courses: Genetics, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biology. Remaining course must be successfully completed prior to performing DNA casework.
- A college Statistics course must also be completed prior to beginning DNA casework.
- A Baccalaureate degree in a natural science or forensic science that includes a minimum of one semester of physics and analytical chemistry/instrumental methods and one year or equivalent in each of general chemistry and organic chemistry including lecture and associated laboratory classes.
- A Baccalaureate degree in a natural science or forensic science that includes a minimum of one semester of physics and one year or equivalent in each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry/instrumental methods including lecture and associated laboratory classes.
Firearms Examination, Latent Prints Comparisons and Questioned Documents Analysis
- A Baccalaureate degree with science courses.
The general job requirements and essential functions for a Forensic Scientists are as follows:
- Basic knowledge of the theory and practical operation of a variety of scientific instrumentation and analytical techniques.
- Ability to communicate clearly in English both orally and in writing with scientific and non-scientific personnel.
- Must have the ability to differentiate colors as evidenced by medical certification.
- Must possess a valid Indiana State Driver’s License.
- Ability to travel by aircraft.
- Ability to attend training at alternate locations for extended periods of time.
Evidence Clerk Overview
Evidence Clerk is a civilian position within the Indiana State Police. Evidence Clerks are responsible for maintaining the evidence system within the Laboratory Division. Partial duties of an Evidence Clerk include coordinating evidence handling activity between contributors and the Laboratory, ensuring evidence is properly marked and sealed, ensuring the secure storage of all items of evidence, coordinating the release or destruction of evidence, and maintaining proper tracking of all evidence.