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Quay Carlton

Critical Criminology

Professor Scott


Growing up over the years, I never really knew what I wanted do in life or who I wanted to be in life. All I knew that when I did grow up I didn't want to have a boring job. My parents push me hard throughout the years and got me involved with career fairs, colleges, and community service. In my spare time I would watch anything that involved criminals and I enjoyed watching investigators solved crimes. That's when I decided I wanted to be a criminal investigator, commonly referred to as a CI, is an investigative officer responsible for investigating fraud, violent crime reports, cyber-crimes, crime scenes and interviewing suspects and witnesses. A criminal investigator can serve in federal, state or local law-enforcement agencies. Becoming a criminal investigator requires good physical and mental health, a relatively clean background, a good driving record and verifiable good character.

I will also need to pass through a comprehensive background investigation, as well as an agency training program, prior to getting credentialed as a criminal investigator. To achieve success as a criminal investigator, I must display professional, ethical and personal conduct above and beyond agency requirements.

Criminal investigator candidates must meet certain requirements before applying. First, I must have U.S. citizenship. I must be at least 21, and apply before my 37th birthday for most federal CI positions. I must be able to prove a good driving record, as well as meet vision and hearing requirements. I must also have not used illegal drugs at any time in the past year. Criminal investigators can technically secure employment with only a high school degree or equivalent. However, aspiring investigators, who hold an associate's or a bachelor's degree, in criminal investigations or some other area of criminal justice,