News from the Field

New program allows college students to work toward
IAI crime scene investigator certification

The International Association for Identification (IAI) announced a new program that will allow students in two- to four-year colleges or universities to take the knowledge portion of the IAI’s Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) examination.

After successfully passing the exam, students will be issued a letter of achievement noting that they passed the test. They must then obtain one year of experience doing crime-scene investigation duties as an employee of a government agency in order to be fully cerified as a CCSI. The letter of achievement is valid for a period of five years. If the student fails to obtain the necessary experience within five years, the student competency certification will be null and void.

In order to be eligible for testing, students must have taken at least two crime-scene related courses and be in the last two years of their educational program.

Also, educational institutions interested in offering the exam to its students must first sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the IAI that outlines certain policies and procedures that must be in place before the institution can offer the CCSI examination. Any educational institution interested in participating in this program should contact Molly in the IAI office at: 651-681-8566

For more information about the IAI’s certification programs, go to:

New NIJ publication
looks at crime-lab backlogs

A publication released by the National Institute of Justice in January describes how laboratories across the country have reduced backlogs using various efficiency techniques. Get the paper at: /220336.htm


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