Criminal Justice Careers

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Criminal Justice: Careers When most people think of a career in law enforcement the first thing that comes to mind is the patrol officer or “street cop”, but there are so many more options for those interested in a career in law enforcement. Not only can one work as a police officer for their local agency or sheriff’s department, but there are a wide range of careers from the local, state, and federal levels. I have prior work experience as a Deputy Sheriff for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Myers, Florida. Although I have enjoyed my time as a Deputy Sheriff immensely over the years, I have so many more interests in a wide variety of careers in Criminal Justice. It was hard to choose only three careers that interest me, but I finally came up with my short list of careers. The three careers I chose are: Crime Scene Investigator or analyst, special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The career as a Crime Scene Investigator has fast become one of the hottest Criminal Justice jobs out there do to the extreme success of the television series, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigations”. There are many colleges and universities that now offer degrees in the field of Forensics. For me the career of a Crime Scene Investigator was something I was always interested in. The ability to be able to piece together forensic findings to solve a crime is incredible. In order to become a Crime Scene Investigator there are a few paths that one can take. First, a college degree is normally a pre-requisite for this career. Most people in this field hold a college degree in Criminal Science or Forensics, although a degree in Criminal Justice is also accepted. For most agencies, when the position becomes available they tend to promote from within the agency based on

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