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Police Detective

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
Associate's Degree
$32,440

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Criminal Justice: Public Police Services

Criminal Justice

Nature of the Work

‚ÄčPolice detectives typically:
  • Provide testimony as a witness in court.
  • Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, preventing bystanders from tampering with it prior to medical examiner's arrival.
  • Examine crime scenes to obtain clues and evidence, such as loose hairs, fibers, clothing, or weapons.
  • Obtain evidence from suspects.
  • Record progress of investigation, maintain informational files on suspects, and submit reports to commanding officer or magistrate to authorize warrants.
  • Check victims for signs of life, such as breathing and pulse.
  • Prepare charges or responses to charges, or information for court cases, according to formalized procedures.
  • Obtain facts or statements from complainants, witnesses, and accused persons and record interviews, using recording device.
  • Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants.
  • Note, mark, and photograph location of objects found, such as footprints, tire tracks, bullets and bloodstains, and take measurements of the scene.

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Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. The Nature of the Work description is from O*Net Online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.