How to become a scenes of crime officer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- applying directly
You could do a degree in forensic science, or in a scientific subject like biological science or chemistry.
Other relevant subjects include:
Some courses are accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
Police services and law enforcement agencies set their own entry requirements for this type of work. In general, you'll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including English, maths and a science subject.
Some employers may prefer A levels or equivalent, including a science like chemistry or biology as you'll need laboratory skills.
Many employers ask for a degree and will expect you to have experience in police work or a related field, for example intelligence gathering and analysis.
If you are already working for the Police, you may be able to do courses through the College of Policing to become a scenes of crime investigator.
Experience of dealing with the public and working in sensitive situations will be helpful.
Qualifications or experience in photography can also be useful and may be essential for some jobs.
You can find out more about working in forensics from The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Check with your local police service for details of vacancies and entry requirements.