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5 Tips for Becoming a Detective

5 Tips for Becoming a Detective

Andrew Hawks

What is it about investigative work and detective work that makes it the center of attention in cop movies that Hollywood spits out on a yearly basis? The love affair with detectives and movies seems to go on year after year, from the likes of Dragnet and Dirty Harry, now television in inundated with crime scene investigators from Los Angeles, to Miami and up to New York City.

We all know in real life that being a detective is not quite like the movies, however, it can be a very challenging and rewarding step in your law enforcement career, and a step that should be a natural progression as well. Whether you choose to stay an investigator your entire career, or branch off into other areas of law enforcement, it is a position that you will gain valuable experience in.

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    over 4 years ago


    You NEVER know enough!!!!

  • Tyranny_v_liberty_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Not valid in the People's Democratic Republic of Chicago.

  • Blade_runner_4_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Work with your District Attorney's Office and ask them what you can do to make your cases more solid.

  • Fidel_pd_uniform_shot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The most important piece of advice that I found here is the "Work Hard" section. I can recall the motto of an old homicide detective who once said, " The good detective is the investigator who when all leads have been exhausted, knocks on one more door." There is nothing like being persistent, education is fine we need to know how to write, but it doesn't make you persistent. The detective who takes the attitude, I will hunt down every predator that comes across my desk with logic, steady and consistent pressure, will normally win in the end!

  • 043_max50


    over 4 years ago


    lol i think its quite funny to watch cop shows on tv because i sit thru the whole thing picking out what they do wrong, like picking up crime scene evidence with no gloves, or walking right thru the crime scene ect... im not even a cop, but im smart enough to know to leave it to the pro"s.

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    over 4 years ago

    BUMP to that PSD!! I've actually gone on calls in security where the complainant starts by saying "I watch (insert show name here) so I know forensics." I've had to resist the urge to groan and facepalm every time.

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    over 4 years ago

    Tip #6...stop watching NCIS, Criminal Minds, Cold Case...etc etc....concentrate on being a cop first

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