What do Police Identification and Records Officers do?

Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.

  • 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.
  • Coordinate or conduct instructional classes or in-services such as citizen police academy classes and crime scene training for other officers.
  • Process film and prints from crime or accident scenes.
  • Perform emergency work during off-hours.
  • Interview victims, witnesses, suspects, and other law enforcement personnel.

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Necessary Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing

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