Through close collaboration and teamwork, law enforcement agencies in the Springfield Metro area ensure justice is served through careful crime scene investigations and forensic examinations. Specially trained members of local police departments and sheriff’s offices are assigned the duty of conducting investigations into some of Springfield’s most chilling crimes. When on the scene, they collect evidence to be analyzed by specialists working in the controlled environment of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Crime Laboratory Division.
These forensic scientists work hand in hand with 114 counties and over 300 municipalities to provide the most accurate and thorough analysis possible, and in the Springfield Metro area this includes:
- Springfield Police Department
- Greene County Sheriff’s Office
- Nixa Police Department
- Christian County Sheriff’s Department
- Ozark Police Department
- Republic Police Department
Becoming a CSI Specialist and Forensic Laboratory Scientist in Springfield
Learning about how to become a crime scene investigator and forensic laboratory scientist is a hot topic for research, made popular by television programs. However the road to CSI and forensic science jobs in Springfield takes years and a significant commitment to education. Around the Springfield area and across Missouri there are several choices for colleges and online schools offering an education geared at individuals who are interested in pursuing successful CSI and forensic lab careers.
CSI Agents – City and county law enforcement agencies in the Springfield Metro area are responsible for hiring and training their designated CSI officers, and each has their own standards for doing so. Usually these specialists begin as deputies or officer recruits, and over the course of several years work their way through the ranks to become a CSI detective.
Those interested in pursuing CSI jobs in Springfield and career advancement should consider studying for an associate or bachelor degree in any of the following:
- Criminal Justice
- Forensic Science
- Law Enforcement
Forensic Lab Technicians – The Highway Patrol’s Crime Laboratory in Springfield has a strict set of hiring criteria for its forensic scientists. This corresponds with the various service specializations the lab offers and includes:
- Forensic Lab Technician for Latent Prints: High school diploma or GED plus two years of comparable experience
- Forensic Lab Technician for CODIS (Combined DNA Index System): High school diploma or GED plus 60 college credit hours or comparable experience
- DNA Analyst: Bachelor Degree in any of the following plus 20 semester hours in biology:
- Natural Sciences
- Forensic Science
- Criminalist in Firearms and Toolmark Analysis: Bachelor Degree in any natural science or closely related field that includes study of advanced mathematics and laboratory chemistry
Springfield CSI and Forensic Science Team Helps Solve Cold Case
What began as a traffic stop for drunk driving eventually led prosecutors to charge a man with murder in connection to a 24-year-old Springfield cold case. Thanks to the meticulous work of CSI officers who collected evidence from the murder scene over two decades ago, the killing of a young woman finally has a resolution. When the drunk driving suspect provided his DNA for testing to police, they were able to find a match to DNA that was found on the murdered victim’s body that had been entered into the national CODIS database, enough evidence to make an arrest.