Congratulations for deciding to become a detective. You have chosen a career that is in high demand, so finding a position is highly likely. Here, you will learn how to become a detective.
There is a lot of information available on how to become a detective, but not all the information is organized. Here, we will break down everything step-by-step in an easy to understand manner, so you can begin your career as soon as possible.
Our goal is to teach you all you need to know to become a detective and provide you with the skills required to obtain your dream job. Consequently, this article is broken into groups of different categories.
How To Become A Detective:
This will teach you all that becoming a detective entails. Everything from education to training. To dig right in, let’s begin.
Different Types Of Detectives:
There are numerous types of law enforcement careers available. Some of these include: private detective, private investigator, cop and homicide detective.
A Detective’s Salary:
How much a detective makes is very important to know before applying. In 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that detectives earn, on average, a salary of $65,860.00. Those who work for the federal government earn more than those who work for local or state governments.
Requirements To Become A Detective:
To get hired as a detective you must first be a patrol officer, then climb your way up. When detective positions become available, patrol officers test for a chance to get this job. Accordingly, our journey will begin with becoming a patrol officer first.
How To Become A Patrol Officer First:
This begins with education. The amount and type of education necessary, depends on which department you want to work in. Usually, larger departments want you to be educated on a college level. However, the position as detective most commonly goes to the one who has the most experience and education. For this reason, we highly recommend that you get a college degree first.
Police Department Requirements:
Departments also require that applicants are at least 20-years old, and be an American citizen. Most importantly, you have to complete high school or get your GED. If you are applying at the larger police departments, you won’t get hired unless you have a bachelors or associates degree in criminal justice. Although this is not required if you live in a multi-cultural area and apply for a detective position in that area, it is to your benefit to speak at least one additional language.
Additional Testing And Training:
You will also have to take many tests, which include: psychological, exams, and physical fitness tests. If you are successful with these, and have the necessary credentials, you can be accepted by the police department you apply at. However, this is not the end of your journey, because you will also need to attend 12-weeks of training at a police Academy.
Once this step has been completed, as well as all the applications and training, you can become a police officer. Then you can work your up through the ranks to become a detective by demonstrating a good job performance.