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How long does it take to become a detective?

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Posted about 6 years ago

 

From all the movies I've been watching it looks like it takes years to become a detective. What I really want to know is if it realy takes this long to become one. I also want to know what it takes to become one, for instance when you walk into a room do you have to memorize everything you saw. I feel really discouraged when I see these things having to be applied.

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This subject has been posted a few times please look them up I hope they answer all your questions if not please let us know, also please let everyone know more about you your profile does not tell much


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Laney,


 A couple of items of advise, go to the Introduction Forum, say hello, read the four simple rules and read to Terms of Use. Take advantage of the search engine above to research your questions because more than likely they are not new. Also, take Police work one step at a time. Get on the job and learn the ropes on Patrol. You will gain valuable experience if you aspire to the rank of Detective/Investigator. Personally, I found patrol is not only the "back bone" of the police department but it was where the "action" was and that is what I loved. Too much emphasise is put on being a "Detective" but I personally enjoyed being where the "rubber meets the road".

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It often takes at least a year or so as it is considered a promotion. I have seen some guys go up to Detective after finishing probation and it is usually because they know someone powerful. Detectives are not always the best officers either. The only reason I would have considered being assigned to the Detective division is to widen my experience as I think it is necessary, or at least very helpful to advance up through the ranks. Frankly, I liked working the streets in uniform. We are the first to arrive and see the action. We do not have to get tied down to the drudgery of following up one dead lead to another trying to solve the case. Most detectives are only as good as the officer who first arrived on the scene and gathered the proper evidence or even arrested the bad guy. I'm not going to put detectives down but to me, it wasn't that great of a job and I would rather be in the patrol unit. Even there we often followed up on cases that we initially investigated and even solved many of them ourselves when we had the time. I am sure that it is more interesting than it initially appears just like the Traffic Division. I thought that was the most boring and useless job a cop could do until I was assigned to traffic. Once you start really investigating accidents and traffic stuff you will find it is very interesting. It all is what you make of it.

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Well RC I spent many years on the road, every xmas, turkey day, you name it.  But being a Dick is my passion.  I love taking a case with no leads from patrol and find the POS.


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At least five years in my Dept.  And you have to prove yourself on road patrol to be considered.  Good arrests, excellent paperwork are definite bonuses.

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So true Robo, all posistions are what you make of it.  If you shine in patrol, all postions ie. Detectives, Traffic, Motors, SWAT..., will accept you.


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Well RC I spent many years on the road, every xmas, turkey day, you name it.  But being a Dick is my passion.  I love taking a case with no leads from patrol and find the POS.



I personally reveled in the glory of nailing the perps at the scene. As for being a "dick". a lot of the slackers who worked for me lovely referred to me as one, even though I wasn't in the Detective Bureau at the time! Another badge I proudly wore!