With the sudden dramatic expansion of the field of crime scene
investigation and simultaneous technological changes in criminal
investigation, a serious void exists in educational opportunities for
students who want to prepare for a career as an evidence collection
Erie Community College intends to assist in providing police agencies
and other criminal justice or investigative organizations that need
crime scene technical assistance with qualified investigators.
The Crime Scene Technology Certificate Program is designed to provide
education and training in crime scene technology focusing on the
collection of evidence, crime scene photography, and the processing of
fingerprints. The student will learn to compare fingerprints properly
and to prepare and present evidence in the courtroom.
The program may include criminal justice students, police officers,
security officers, emergency responders, or individuals interested in
the field of crime scene technology or forensics.
The design of this certificate program recognizes that students
interested in criminal justice may not be interested in becoming a
police officer, but are interested in the field of solving crimes with
the use of physical evidence. This program has been designed to fulfill
this desire by introducing the student to criminal justice with
specialized study in the field of crime scene technology.
This is a 31-credit program designed for full- or part-time study.
The first half of the curriculum includes composition and occupational
communication, introduction to criminal justice and related fields in
Students have the option of transfer into the two-year Criminal Justice Program after certificate completion.