Frequently Asked Question(s)
Q:While searching for prerequisites of police detective careers, I came across a page about forensic scientist, could you tell me about that?
A:Forensic scientist plays a major role in investigative crime. It is a very exciting field of work requiring an eye for detail and just as diverse too. So choosing a specific field in forensics before applying is necessary. Some of the areas in which you can specialization are forensic pathology, forensic dentistry, forensic psychology, forensic etymology, forensic analysis and forensic accounting. People interested in this field are encouraged to start preparing for this career choice from their college years by taking various science courses.
Q:What kind of training is required for police detective jobs?
A:If you are interested in becoming a police detective you need to first become a police officer and serve for a number of years in this position. This period can last from anywhere between six months to three years, after which you are eligible to apply for the position of a police detective. The training required for this position is what you learn on the job while serving as a police officer. However, the qualities you will be required to develop as a detective are staying calm under stressful and dangerous situations, interrogating techniques and a sound judgment.
Q:What courses does one have to take to become a police detective?
A:In order to become a police detective it is necessary that you already be a part of the law enforcement department. Serving as a police officer would probably be necessary, along with a college degree, this will greatly increase your chances of becoming a police detective. Remember that it's a very competitive field to apply to, but a degree in criminal justice or law enforcement could definitely give you an edge over others. Another thing that could greatly increase your chances is fluency in languages other than English.
Q:Can you give me information on how to become a police detective?
A:To pursue a career as a police detective you need to have a suitable aptitude. Mostly police detectives start off as a patrol officer or a police officer and gradually move up to the rank of a police detective. The work involves evidence gathering along with thorough investigations. Some states may require clearance of an exam to be a police detective. Other than that you need trainings that can familiarize you with the criminal justice, law and investigation procedures.
Q:I've completed a certificate in law enforcement; can I be a police detective?
A:A certificate in law enforcement will allow you entry level position as any of the following: Police and Detectives, who are charged with the responsibility to protect property and lives, their annual median pay was $56,980 (BLS 2012). However you can also look at a career into, Criminal Justice and law Enforcement teachers teach post secondary classes in law enforcement; their median annual pay was also $56,980.
Q:Can I take online police detective courses?
A:If you have completed a high school diploma or an equivalent GED qualification, are more than 21 years of age then you will qualify to do the police detective course online. This will allow you to join the police force training academy if you qualify. The online police detective course can be taken from the comfort of your own home.
Q:How to become a homicide detective?
A:Requirements for becoming a homicide detective vary from state to state. In most states individuals are required to work as a police officer first and complete the probation period. After gaining substantial work experience applicants may be eligible for promotion. Work experience can help one qualify for detective job positions in their police department. The most important part of becoming a detective is completing their agency's training program. Detectives will also receive on the job training. Aspirants must be U.S. citizens should be at least twenty one years old and must pass certain physical tests. (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics)