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Working As A Police Detective

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Police Detective does

  • assigned to Homicide and Bunco Forgery.
  • Captured and delivered five fugitives to ATF fugitive task force.
  • Position required thorough knowledge of traffic laws.
  • Collected and disseminated critical intelligence information.
  • Recognized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the US Secret Service for thorough digital forensics investigations.
  • Provided airport security after September 11 Assigned to Detective Bureau investigating major felonies.
  • Presented criminal cases to prosecutors and grand juries.
  • Certified Law Enforcement Officer by SCCJA.
  • Assigned to the Essex-Union Auto Theft Task Force (A.T.T.F.)
  • Prepared cases for presentation to District Attorney and Grand Jury.
  • Received extensive training from the US Secret Service National Computer Forensics Institute.
  • Trained cadets in firearms training.
  • Recognized by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New England Narcotics Investigators Association.
  • Specialized in Special Assault cases dealing with juveniles and adults.
  • Conduct criminal investigations, make arrests, report writing and court testimony.
  • Major Crimes District & Domestic Violence Units - Baltimore, MD Investigate person and property crimes.
  • Assisted in the training of new detectives
  • Patrol Officer/Corporal; Detective Division-Criminal Investigator, expert interviewer, background checks.
  • Enforce all state and local laws pertaining to quality of life issues.
  • Participated in undercover sting operations Investigated reported crimes and submit reports to my superiors.

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Police Detective Demographics

Gender

Male

75.8%

Unknown

12.4%

Female

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

French

10.0%

Chinese

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Arabic

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Police Detective Education

Schools

The Academy

19.4%

University of Phoenix

12.9%

Miami Dade College

6.5%

Liberty University

5.6%

University of La Verne

4.8%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

Florida International University

4.8%

Webster University

4.0%

Union Institute & University

4.0%

Northwestern University

3.2%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.2%

San Diego Miramar College

3.2%

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

3.2%

Capella University

3.2%

Iona College

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

Saint Leo University

3.2%

National University

2.4%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

2.4%

Columbia Southern University

2.4%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

51.6%

Business

10.6%

Law Enforcement

7.2%

Public Administration

3.8%

Management

3.4%

Law

3.4%

Psychology

2.6%

Sociology

2.6%

Homeland Security

2.0%

General Studies

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Criminology

1.4%

History

1.4%

Nursing

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

Pharmacy

0.8%

Biology

0.8%

Finance

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.8%

Other

26.9%

Masters

17.8%

Associate

12.6%

Certificate

7.9%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.1%
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Top Skills for A Police Detective

  1. Crime Scenes
  2. Present Evidence
  3. Criminal Investigations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process crime scenes, overseeing evidence collection and soliciting laboratory examination.
  • Testified in court to present evidence or act as witness in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Conduct Criminal investigations and Civilian Complainants, interview Witness, Victims and potential suspects involving cases.
  • Prepared detailed law enforcement documents including case management reports, police reports, and search, seizure and arrest warrants.
  • Acted as liaison between police department and community, serving as community forum representative and neighborhood planning representative.

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