The World Of Law Enforcement And Crime Laboratories

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In the world of law enforcement and crime laboratories, there is always a great need to train newly hired crime scene investigators and laboratory analysts. In addition, continuing education to gain or maintain certifications and/or laboratory accreditation is important to keep professionals up to date with the newest technologies and techniques. However, in the United States, licensing and certification for crime scene and laboratory personnel is not usually required, but often noted as a preferred or desired qualification (NCR, 2009). If required, certification is usually established at the agency level and not mandated by the state. With more than 17,000 agencies in the U.S., ranging in size from just a few officers in rural communities to more than 36,000 sworn officers in the New York Police Department (Burch, et al., 2012), consistency in qualifications, training standards and expectations is difficult to find at any level, regardless of the beliefs held by the general public regarding the capabilities of their criminal justice system. In looking at training issues internationally, the fragmented scenario in the U.S. is similar to that of Australia, but countries such as the Netherlands and United Kingdom use centralized training programmes that tend to be more cost-effective and consistent.
There are many career paths within the field of criminal justice. Opportunities exist in law enforcement, military, the court system, corrections and other public safety agencies.

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