Crime Scene Examiner

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Crime scene examiners go to crime scenes to find, gather and record evidence, which police officers use to investigate crimes and convict offenders. They deal with volume crime (such as burglary) or serious crimes (such as murder).

The Work

Level 1 examiners deal with volume crime but can attend serious crimes under supervision. Level 2 examiners deal with all crimes.

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on the exact job specifications and any salary increases relating to the specific post.

The salary for a Level 1 (Volume Crime Examiner) is £37,334 to £42,424 a year (Grade 6). A Level 2 (Serious Crime Examiner) earns £42,637 to £47,649 a year (Grade 7). You would also be paid allowances for shifts and being on call.


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Getting In

Entry is very competitive. In Scotland, scene examiners are recruited by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Forensic Services division, which provides a national forensic service to Police Scotland.

Job vacancies are advertised on the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) website.

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

A scenes of crime officer or scene examiner is usually a support (civilian) post with the police, although police officers may also work in this area.

The Forensic Services department of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) provides a fully integrated national service that covers biology, chemistry, DNA, drugs analysis, fingerprints, scene examination and other specialist services such as documents and handwriting, fibres, firearms, toxicology and tyres and tachographs.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Police Authority (SPA)
Tel: 01786 896630
Twitter: @ScotPolAuth

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