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Police Identification and Records Officers

Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.   (O'Net 33-3021.02)

 
Reported job titles:   Accident Examiner, Accident Investigator, Computer Forensic Examiner, Computer Forensic Specialist, Corrections Identification Technician, Crime Lab Analyst (Crime Laboratory Analyst)   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                          - Police Detectives
                          - Police Identification and Records Officers
                          - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                          - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                          - Intelligence Analysts
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 24.55   $ 30.09   $ 37.56   $ 39.84   $ 55.83   $ 37.98  
    Yearly $51,060   $62,590   $78,120   $82,860   $116,120   $79,000  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 23.53   $ 29.77   $ 38.69   $ 46.95   $ 60.90   $ 40.10  
    Yearly $48,950   $61,930   $80,480   $97,660   $126,660   $83,400  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 21.79   $ 24.04   $ 37.60   $ 56.33   $ 60.90   $ 39.52  
    Yearly $45,320   $49,990   $78,210   $117,160   $126,670   $82,200  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 26.54   $ 31.37   $ 37.56   $ 38.70   $ 39.84   $ 35.93  
    Yearly $55,210   $65,260   $78,110   $80,490   $82,870   $74,740  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                                  - Police Detectives
                                  - Police Identification and Records Officers
                                  - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                                  - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                                  - Intelligence Analysts
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 254 282 1.1% 9
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                                - Police Detectives
                                - Police Identification and Records Officers
                                - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                                - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                                - Intelligence Analysts
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 41.5%
    Federal government, all industries 39.4%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 18.3%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 0.6%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 0.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Police Identification and Records Officers
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  • Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.
     
  • Package, store and retrieve evidence.
     
  • Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
     
  • Dust selected areas of crime scene and lift latent fingerprints, adhering to proper preservation procedures.
     
  • Photograph crime or accident scenes for evidence records.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Look for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
     
  • Testify in court and present evidence.
     
  • Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Identification and Records Officers  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Police Identification and Records Officers
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  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Identification and Records Officers  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
    for Police Identification and Records Officers
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  • 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.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Identification and Records Officers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Police Identification and Records Officers
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Identification and Records Officers  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
    for Police Identification and Records Officers
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  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Identification and Records Officers  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
    for Police Identification and Records Officers
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  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Identification and Records Officers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Police Identification and Records Officers
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Identification and Records Officers  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Police Identification and Records Officers
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Police Identification and Records Officers
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Identification and Records Officers  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Police Identification and Records Officers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science.
     
    • Criminalistics and Criminal Science.
     
    • Law Enforcement Record-Keeping and Evidence Management. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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