Securing convictions based on evidence found at a crime scene is a collaborative effort in Harrison County. Local law enforcement agencies have specially trained and educated detectives available 24 hours a day to respond as needed to crime scenes where they collect everything from fingerprints and weapons to fibers and DNA, all to be processed in the controlled environment of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Crime Laboratory system.
Law enforcement agencies in Harrison County with special CSI officers include:
- Gulfport Police Department
- Biloxi Police Department
- D’Iberville Police Department
- Harrison County Sheriff Office’s Crime Scene Unit
- Pass Christian Police Department
- Long Beach Police Department
Education Requirements for CSI and Forensic Science Jobs in Harrison County
Citizens who are interested in learning how to become a crime scene investigator or forensic scientist in Harrison County begin by satisfying the education requirements for these positions. There are several colleges in the Gulfport-Biloxi area with additional schools located across the state and online which offer the appropriate education for becoming a CSI officer or forensic scientist.
CSI jobs with a law enforcement agency require candidates to start out as a police officer or sheriff deputy. Each agency has its own hiring standards, and this includes having a high school diploma. Many of the specialist CSI officers also have a bachelor degree in the field of their expertise. Candidates planning on a long-term career can improve their prospects of upward mobility, and should consider an associate or bachelor degree in any of the following:
- Criminal Justice
- Law Enforcement
- Natural or physical sciences
Forensic lab technician jobs with the Crime Lab’s Gulf Coast branch in Gulfport require that candidates possess a bachelor degree in their field of expertise according to the following:
- To work in the Latent Prints and Firearm and Toolmark Examinations Division, candidates need to have a bachelor degree in any subject
- Working in the lab’s Controlled Substance Division requires a bachelor degree in a natural science including:
- Physical Science
- Forensic Science
- Forensic Science
- Any other closely related field
- Any employees who specialize in bio-science must have a bachelor degree in:
Cold Cases and the Gulfport Crime Lab
Thanks to good crime scene evidence collection and storage by law enforcement, a 35-year-old Biloxi cold case may soon be solved. One of the more grisly and tragic cases for crime scene investigators working in 1978 was the murder and assault of a 15-year-old Biloxi girl. One possible suspect was soon arrested although he was later released when detectives concluded they had the wrong man and the case went cold.
Now decades later, forensic scientists can use modern DNA technology to obtain the genetic fingerprint of the crime’s perpetrator based on biological evidence that has been kept in storage. With extra funding from a federal grant, the state’s Crime Lab system will now begin the analysis process and a positive suspect identification could be just around the corner.