Which of these skills need to be learned first, lockpicking, hypnotism, research, or PE (hair,note) analysis?
Please share your ideas.. :)
Gopher to the Sleuth Gods
I would advise getting all your basic PE skills first. Since you're in an agency that means you will be doing cases that include at least 3 if not all 4 PE skills. Now unless you have all your crime scenes opened up by your more experienced team mates you might end up with a case where you are missing a crucial piece of evidence. This will make your case harder to solve if you can't match a PE to a suspect. Don't forget that once you open up a crime scene you are stuck with the results.
Then I would go with Research, Lockpicking, 2 great skills, then Hypnotism.