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5 Tips for Becoming a Detective

5 Tips for Becoming a Detective

Andrew Hawks

Work Hard

If you are a patrol officer, chances are you and your peers are all working towards making detective. I was told once by a mentor that was much older and wiser than I am, that the best thing that I could do to get promoted was to simply do the best job in the position I was currently in. That makes sense to me now. Be the hardest worker on your shift, don’t complain, get along with people, and learn communication skills. Employers want hard working, dedicated, good spirited troops

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    loaded_dice

    over 3 years ago

    24 Comments

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

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    BR_260354

    over 3 years ago

    338 Comments

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

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    Oncethere2506

    over 3 years ago

    274 Comments

    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!

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    allyceclaire

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    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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    Anonymous

    over 3 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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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

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

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