The tireless work and dedication of CSI professionals and forensic laboratory scientists working in Jersey City recently was enough to secure a conviction against a man who finally admitted to killing five teenage boys in 1978, closing one of the most gruesome cold cases in the state. CSI investigators were able to reconstruct the crime scene, which involved the five victims being locked in a small closet and burned to death. They were able to gather enough evidence that when a tip came in over 30 years later they were able to put the pieces together and successfully prosecute the suspect. Forensic experts involved in cracking the case hailed from:
- New Jersey State Police
- Hudson County Sheriff’s Office
- Jersey City Police Department
How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator and Forensic Scientist in Jersey City
Experienced sheriff and police detectives are capable of conducting many aspects of CSI investigations, and do just that on a regular basis. Candidates for CSI jobs can make themselves more competitive by having any of the following certifications:
- Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
- Crime Scene Analyst
- Forensic Art
- Forensic Photography
CSI specialists assisting responding law enforcement units should have training, education, or both in their field of expertise. For example, working as a forensic photographer in Jersey City requires the incumbent to have either completed a special vocational training program in that field or to have at least one year of related work experience.
There are a number of crime labs in the vicinity of Jersey City and the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office operates a crime laboratory on Duncan Avenue specializing in the identification of controlled dangerous chemical substances, which has to-date received more than 27,000 pieces of evidence for analysis. Laboratory forensic science jobs such as this require incumbents to have a master’s degree in their field of expertise, and can range through the following subjects:
- Forensic Science
- Related subjects that contain at least 24 semester hours of study in any of these areas
Laboratory forensic scientists who only have a bachelor’s degree in one of these subjects may be accepted if they have at least two years of related work experience in a professional laboratory.
Studying and Working in Jersey City
After learning how to become a crime scene investigator or forensic laboratory scientist in Jersey City, candidates will next be interested in the educational opportunities located nearby. There are two four-year colleges located within the immediate city limits of Jersey City, as well as over a dozen more within an easy commuting distance – all with relevant degree programs. Online schools also offer additional options for certification and two or four-year degrees.
In addition to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Laboratory there are several other forensic labs located nearby Jersey City:
- New Jersey Forensic Science Laboratory with locations in Trenton and Newark
- Newark Police Department Crime Laboratory
- New Jersey State Medical Examiner in Newark