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What kind of education and career path is needed in order to solve "cold cases" for a living?

Asked by andrew (15771 points ) August 16th, 2007

Is it neccessary to have had a previous career in law enforcement? If so, is there a way to avoid being a police officer, and have more of an investigative desk job?

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mirza's avatar

i know that you can have a investigative desk job and not be a police office
my cousin has a degree in genetic engineering, she has a cubicle job as a gene analyst and she helps track criminals

Hawaiiguy's avatar

wouldn't it be more fulfilling if
you were an officer as well? I think you would be the cream of the crop and that a different respect would be afforded you if you were an officer as well.

gooch's avatar

Your local university should offer forensic science degrees. Get a degree in that then you have two choices. 1. apply at your local crime lab 2. Take the civil service test for entry into the police or fire department. Go through the academy and then work in the field.

hossman's avatar

Since you specifically ask about "cold cases," those cases are usually assigned to either the very best investigators, or investigators being punished, depending on that department's attitude toward "cold cases." Cold cases are seldom solved.

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