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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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Pay

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 £22,512 to £25,689 a year. A Level 2 (Serious Crime Examiner) earns £25,689 to £30,291 a year. You would also be paid allowances for shifts and being on call.

Conditions

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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) and Police Scotland websites.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

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, fingerprints, scene examination and other specialist services such as documents and handwriting, fibres, firearms, toxicology and tyres and tachographs.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

College of Policing
Tel: 0800 496 3322
E-mail: contactus@college.pnn.police.uk
Website: http://www.college.police.uk/
Twitter: @CollegeofPolice

Training was formerly provided by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), but moved to the new College of Policing in preparation for the closure of the NPIA in October 2013.

Disclosure Scotland
Tel: 03000 2000 40
E-mail: info@disclosurescotland.gov.uk
Website: https://www.mygov.scot/organisations/disclosure-scotland/
Twitter: @DisclosureScot

Scottish Police Authority (SPA)
Tel: 01786 896630
E-mail: enquiries@spa.pnn.police.uk
Website: http://www.spa.police.uk
Twitter: @ScotPolAuth

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