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What Do Criminal Investigators Do?

Criminal investigators are professionals who are in the business of investigating crimes of various sorts. These crimes can range from misdemeanors to felonies. Their main task is to gather as much information about the crime as possible, as quickly as possible, and then to analyze that information to try and figure out what happened.

Their tasks include collecting samples from a crime scene, participating in reconstructions of the crime, interviewing witnesses, and many other things. Most criminal investigators have attended one of the many criminology colleges available in the United States. Criminal investigators tend to specialize in one particular field, or a few closely-related fields.

At criminology colleges, prospective criminal investigators are trained in thinking critically and scientifically, which are essential skills for a good criminal investigator. A good criminology college will also teach its students some of the basic technical skills that they can use as a starting point for further specialization.

Prospective criminal investigators will learn about many different academic disciplines in criminology college, including psychology, sociology, and various “hard” sciences, such as biology and chemistry. 

What Are Some Legal Issues Surrounding Criminal Investigation?

Criminal investigators need to be very diligent in following the law, to protect constitutional rights, and to ensure that investigations go smoothly. When questioning suspects, it’s essential that criminal investigators ensure that the suspect has been read their Miranda Rights, so that any statements they give can be used in court. They should also be sure that they only conduct searches of private property with a valid search warrant.

Criminology colleges teach the legal basics that are relevant to criminal investigators.

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