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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:How much is the expected police detective salary?
A:According to the U.S. bureau of Labor Statistics the field of law enforcement will experience a rise in the job market by almost 7% with in this decade. Presently the average salary of a police detective is around $55,010. However, it is bound to be higher according to the officer's job tenure, experience and educational background.
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.