Being a crime scene investigator is a very good career path for those genuinely interested and passionate about police work and in solving crimes. Depending upon qualifications and skills, Crime Scene Investigators can start at any level and the move on with their career path to the administration and management level.
While these are not the only paths for an investigator to move up to, it depends upon the interests and career goals. It depends upon what an investigator wants to do; fieldwork or office and paper work.
For a Crime Scene Investigator to move on to the administrator level, there are some requirements. The first and foremost is that of a lot of experience in the field as an investigator. This is important because moving to the administrative level means that the person will have a supervisor role, which essentially means that upon taking this role, a former investigator will be taking the feedback and reports from crime scenes regarding every Crime Scene Investigation that an investigator is handling. In order to be the recipient of such reports, it is important to be highly knowledgeable about investigation work and what it entails.
While being an investigator means one is heading a team of other investigators, being the supervisor or administrator means that one is handling various crime scene investigators who are leaders and have their own teams performing in their own capacity. In order to handle all this in a capable manner, it is very important to have gained some hardcore investigation experience with rigorous on-the-job training in the form of handling investigations and doing extensive fieldwork.
It is not necessary that all investigators who are part of a team handling CSI Crime Scene Investigations will become an administrator. To pull this off, one needs to have some high qualifications along with having experience and extensive training. There is the likelihood that an investigator with a Master’s degree in criminal justice or forensics or any other related courses will get a promotion to a senior level quicker than someone who just did a 2-year certificate or a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Its not like investigators with the latter degree will not be promoted to an administrative level, its just that it may take some extra time because the experience will have to be more to compensate for the qualification.
Whether it is the Crime Scene Photographer or the Crime Scene Technicians, they are answerable to the supervisor and need to keep filling him in with the details of the CSI Crime Scene Investigation that is being worked on at a certain point in time. To become a supervisor level official, there are some qualities and skills that an investigator needs to portray in order to get promoted. It is important to have excellent communication and coordination skills because a supervisor is the intermediary in communications at different levels. It is the supervisor who is in contact with the investigators and also with the government. In this case, these government officials are usually the District attorney and the mayor. However, it does depend upon the law enforcement department and then the nature of communications is in accordance with that. Coordination skills and strong decision-making skills are important for potential supervisors because they are the ones who handle different teams at a time and have to allocate time and monetary resources for the investigations, depending upon the level of severity of these cases.
Another important quality in an aspiring an investigation supervisor is the knowledge of law enforcement rules. This familiarity with the law is necessary because of many reasons. Only a person with extensive law enforcement knowledge, will get approved as worthy of supervising, multiple investigation teams. Such practical knowledge of law enforcement rules can only be gained after being in the field as an investigator for years and getting familiar with the way various processes are carried out at the official level.
Having some administrative qualities in the personality is also important in terms of the skill set for moving up to the administrative level. This involves getting things done in time in the right manner, so that the results are effective and efficient. In addition, being at the administrative levels means portraying decision-making and planning qualities as to what the course of action should be. This is because planning and delegating tasks is one of the most important parts of the job description of a supervisor. Holding people accountable is another important factor. Receiving reports regarding investigations is a major part of being a supervisor. The fact that the investigators respect the supervisor and feel it their responsibility to report, is very important for being an effective supervisor.
Paperwork is another significant factor in a supervisor role. The nature of the paperwork changes, but the amount of paperwork is considerable. For becoming a great and charismatic kind of supervisor for criminal investigations, it is important to have the ambition and drive to be in such a position. Investigation teams with charismatic and effective supervisors have a high success rate in terms of solving criminal investigations.