Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Becoming a Detective
Q: I would like to know what education/requirements are for becoming a detective? Ever since I can remember I have always been facinated with detective work and wanted to be in forensics. Do you have to go to police academy first or do you just need the right college education?

A: I get asked this a lot, mostly due to television shows. A detective is a promotion to a different path of law enforcement (investigative vs. uniform patrol). The basic requirements are the same- must be a sworn police officer, and since it is a promotion, you need to start with the basics of gaining several years of street patrol experience to be considered to advance up. Being a member of a specialty unit (such as a Uniform Crime Scene Technician, an on call diagrammer, or another specialty is good additional experience, as is higher education. But all detectives are sworn police officers, and you need to start at the entry level first.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 11:52 AM  

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