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Police Identification and Records Officers - 33-3021.02

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Crime Scene Evidence Technician
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Criminalist
  • Field Identification Specialist
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Identification Officer
  • Identification Technician
  • Latent Fingerprint Examiner
  • Latent Print Examiner

SOC Occupation Groups

33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
33-3000 Law Enforcement Workers
33-3020 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
33-3021.00 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
33-3021.02 Police Identification and Records Officers

Related Occupations


  • Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.
  • Coordinate or conduct instructional classes or in-services, such as citizen police academy classes and crime scene training for other officers.
  • Dust selected areas of crime scene and lift latent fingerprints, adhering to proper preservation procedures.
  • Identify, compare, classify, and file fingerprints, using systems such as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) or the Henry Classification System.
  • Interview victims, witnesses, suspects, and other law enforcement personnel.
  • Look for trace evidence, such as fingerprints, hairs, fibers, or shoe impressions, using alternative light sources when necessary.
  • Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.
  • Package, store and retrieve evidence.
  • Perform emergency work during off-hours.
  • Photograph crime or accident scenes for evidence records.
  • Process film and prints from crime or accident scenes.
  • Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.
  • Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.
  • Testify in court and present evidence.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze crime scene evidence.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to share information.
  • Direct employee training programs.
  • Document legal or regulatory information.
  • Examine crime scenes to obtain evidence.
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities.
  • Process forensic or legal evidence in accordance with procedures.
  • Record crime or accident scene evidence with video or still cameras.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Use databases to locate investigation details or other information.
  • Write operational reports.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • CID Special Agent (Army - Enlisted)
  • CID Special Agent (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Counter Intelligence Agent (Army - Enlisted)
  • Counter-Intelligence Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Criminal Investigator CID Agent (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Human Intelligence Collector (Army - Enlisted)
  • Master-At-Arms (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Army - Enlisted)
  • Military Police (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Apprentice, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Helper, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Journeyman, Military Working Dog Handler (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Security Forces Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Special Investigations Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Fingerprint Classifier
  • Police Officer, Identification and Records