Hard science courses and those in technical writing can be more beneficial than course work primarily designed for police employment only. Many hours are spent in the Crime Scene Laboratory processing various types of evidence for friction ridge impressions and writing detailed analysis reports for all actions taken – both in the field and in the laboratory. The Crime Scene Section, as well as the entire Forensic Bureau, are staffed by civilian analysts who have NO enforcement duties or authority, however, we are employed by the Police Department and work closely with sworn patrol officers and investigating detectives. Degrees in Criminal Justice, Corrections, Psychology, English, etc. are nevertheless routinely considered.