Components of a curriculum vitae:
A. Every investigator at some time in his/her career will have to qualify
as an expert witness or make a request to obtain a search warrant.
B. In such situations, the prosecutor will usually ask for a resume,
fact sheet, or curriculum vitae.
C. This is a summary of your professional history and qualifications.
D. The prosecutor must know not only the case, but also the qualifications
of the investigator.
E. Fact sheets should be developed for both the investigator and the
F. Once developed, they must be kept current.
1. Investigator fact sheets include:
f. Years of experience.
g. Estimated number of fires investigated.
h. Testimony in fire investigations.
i. Fire investigative/law enforcement training.
j. Formal education.
k. Professional memberships.
l. Books/articles published.
2. Incident fact sheets include:
a. Incident date.
b. Incident number.
c. Owner of property.
e. Type of occupancy.
f. Extent of fire damage.
g. Motive (if known).
h. Evidence to prove the element of crime.
i. Evidence of nonaccidental cause.
j. Evidence of incendiarism.
k. Names of witnesses and their statements.
l. Possible questions for the investigator.
m. Possible questions to be asked of the witness.
Reprinted with permission from Management for Arson
Prevention and Control. pages K-7 to K-9.