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5 Tips for Becoming a Detective

5 Tips for Becoming a Detective

Andrew Hawks

Make Solid, Good Arrests

When you make arrest out on the street, make sure that your reports are clear and concise and meet all the elements of the offense. Use your spell check. Remember, the division that will promote you is reading and reviewing your current reports, and they will want detectives with intelligence, that can read and write properly, and know how to enforce the law and file a good case.

Hopefully following these tips will help you on your way to the investigative division in your department. You may even end up working a high profile case one day and heck; those Hollywood producers may even come knocking on your door, wanting to make you the next Sgt. Joe Friday….

Work hard and stay safe.


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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23318 Comments

    This is just the beginning. I have never been a defective. LOL

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Awesome article. Very well organized and very detailed.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    The Five are good...
    But much more is needed!

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    Void

    over 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    Great article

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    cant never study enough and cant never know enough.
    good article

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    SHARRI8

    about 4 years ago

    106 Comments

    NEVER ASSUME THE LITTLE GUY CANT TEACH YOU A FEW THINGS,,,,,,DONT FORGET NUMBER 6......THE GUY WHO FOLLOWS HIS GUT INSTINCT.....,THE HEAD ISNT ALWAYS RIGHT. THERES NOTHING LIKE FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE. THANK YOU.

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    Shaft460

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Do all your ground work,take the initiative always go the extra mile are just a few keys to getting there and write good reports. Do just do enough to get by that won't cut it. Dot every I and cross every T.

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    flyboybill

    about 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    How do you feel about cops that, feel they cant get a conviction on the facts alone, so they add to it to insure a conviction. it is a serious offense of it is like the greatest good or the lessor of 2 evils. . also how many precincts or police or chiefs across the country believe in these tactics.( % wise.) Is is a small few or is it well known as a normal tactic. Every time there is cop where I live some. How something is skipped. Like Miranda rights being read, or stealing your stuff after the police confiscated it during a car search.
    Another cop in Bath PA Officer Macintosh. sits out side clubs on a 911 to the police instead of coming inside to resolve the problem. With a full id blue shirt, pink shorts he doesn't come inside on a 911, but wait in the dark wathcin the door for this man to come out. Then pulls out from the dark lot as the man passes the thresh hold officer macintosh sit in the dark light out watching the door for a blue and green shirt man that he has gotten info from a corrupt striper club. Why describe the man's clothing if the officer is coming inside the club. only one reason the stripper knew the gig. This here I illegal it not legal to sit in the dark and lay in wait, and have a full description from a 911 call. Not by reasonable suspicion or probable cause about a drunk guy who stumbles towards his vehicle. reasonable or probable cause as used under the 4th amendment. which he wont get because the man isn't that drunk. of the unknowing patron that did nothing wrong but was told to leave do to not paying side money that he didn't believe he owed beyond his cover and tipping the girls. An words he was false asked to leave for no reason. He stay for the cop to put in a complaint on record about the club to the owner. After waiting for the police for 20 minutes, he then left the club giving up on the complaint. When he walked outside and down the street, he though in his head, those mother fuckers my whole night up. then he took his almost full bottle of Wild Turkey and threw it at the strip club window. BAM!!! The bottle broke the window and spilled it juice all over the strip club wall. Now things have changed instead of waiting for this kid to drive off, he now had a smaller charge of disorder like flash he pulls up, so quick that he had to be laying in wait, in prelim he lies on the stand and about miranda right being read prior to his friendly questioning while the man car was towed and the man felt he was waiting for his family to get a ride to take him home. Anyways is that ok if you get your man, the 4 violation are, perjury on the stand to Miranda rights ever being read, then false addition testimony he added to make his case sound more believable from a fruits of the poisonous tree. He further lied about the call, corse the strippers into admitting the call he received, and further lying about what he saw. Is it greater good for the greatest people kind of thing Or if an officer was ever found out about not reading rights and sitting in the dark from 911 call as he waits for the person in full description from the night club call to then pull that person over without any reasonable or probable cause to do so. So fast when the window broke. i am not a cop, but i do have a criminal justice 2 year from a community college. i personally would fire the officer if had the power to and I knew for a fact he did do it. or there was a pattern of complaints for the same thing, i have no other recourse i would protect the officer because he should know better. i i unprofessional and it a violation of the rights citizens are afforded by the United States Constitution. He also added false testimony further about event to then give that person a higher charge of a felony which then forces that person to seek a very good defense lawyer in which it was all dropped except 1 charge. had the officer just been honest he would have gotten much more. Because once it was a felony the guy got a good lawyer, had it been a misdemeanor of disorder then the defendant would not have gotten a lawyer and pleaded it to one charge of it. another word by lying he cause lawyer to get involved. So we want to know how do you guys feel about this. Is it normal cop behavior, or is it a seorusl violaton of the right of american citizens and the cop if found out would be in big trouble, or is it ignored and never treated as a crime. IS he acting alone or it is known behavior thanks for your response. Bill

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    wgk100

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    The best advice I ever heard: " Keep your mind open, your mouth shut and your pants zipped."

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    ambro1

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I agree. Excell at your current assignment. Think in terms of a complete case from start to finish. Crime scene, arrest, papering (presentation to the State's or US Attorney) and trial. Those were the things I looked for in detective candidates. I managed Vice Units, District Detectives Units and Homicide Units and the these were the things that all successful investigators had in common.
    Retired Detective Commander, Wash, DC

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    csiguy

    about 4 years ago

    874 Comments

    You don't have to be a Detective to investigate activity. Be a patrol Officer and utilize investigative techniques during your daily interviews and interrogations of people caught in the act. Master the simple cases, traffic and responder duties, then go forth to the bigger cases of burglary, robbery and assaults.

    Think like a detective and work your initial case response in that way, then they see your potential and don't have to do very much follow up. That is their job since patrol does not always have the time or resources.

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    cheermom35121

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Any hints on getting a degree in cyber security? I'm going to start classes in January. Should I add any other degrees or extra classes to have a better shot at a job?

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    richster

    about 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    A few classes in the physical sciences and a proficiency in a foreign language or Two are also a huge help, add some instruction in physical trauma and toxicology, you'll stand out amidst other applicants

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    nitesi

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    Make damn sure your english is perfect!!

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    nitesi

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    You NEVER know enough!!!!

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