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    Hey everyone,

    What are some technology jobs available to sworn officers? I know forensics is a huge one. With the growing threat of cyber issues, do you all for see PD's handling those types of investigations? FBI, DHS, Secret Service, all handle cyber investigations but they require a degree.

    I have an IT background, and as of late, been feeling a call to join LE ranks. Also, i'm aware that these types of jobs are not available right out of the gate.

    Any insight?

    Thanks.

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    Originally posted by Buddy967 View Post
    Hey everyone,

    What are some technology jobs available to sworn officers? I know forensics is a huge one. With the growing threat of cyber issues, do you all for see PD's handling those types of investigations? FBI, DHS, Secret Service, all handle cyber investigations but they require a degree.

    I have an IT background, and as of late, been feeling a call to join LE ranks. Also, i'm aware that these types of jobs are not available right out of the gate.

    Any insight?

    Thanks.
    It's pretty dependant on the size of the agency. Bigger ones are going to have more specialized unit's to handle certain things like that. If you're wanting to go fed for that type of thing you're probably better off getting a degree to be competitive. The feds have a lot of civilian jobs that are related to that stuff too. Having that knowledge and prior work experience would definitely help you after you've got some time in to move into a unit like that if you wanted to go the local route, although it's more kiddie porn and pulling data off of seized phones at the local level IMO.
    Last edited by hpclayto; 12-05-2018, 01:13 PM.

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      Some one with an IT background could be an asset to some departments. If you can fix stuff today that they may have to wait a week on for the city or contracted IT person to get to.

      The forensic side of it is more specialized. You may be capable of doing some it but they'll still want to send it to a forensics expert.

      I've investigated some cyber related stuff with ease. But when it comes to more complex stuff like hacking and or computer trespassing etc I would refer it to the specialists.

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        I would look to the larger depts. As you mentioned, you'll do time on the streets and, hopefully, someone higher up will recognize your ability and you'll get moved. A lot of white collar crime is cyber related.
        Judge me by the enemies I have made----Unknown

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          I agree with the above posters. It can be done, but you've got to put in your time and prove you are a good patrol officer before anyone is going to move you to an IT position.

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