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How to Become a Detective

If you are considering on how to become a detective, there are many things you have to be able to do. You will need to meet certain requirements, but there are a few things you can do to give yourself a better than average chance at becoming a detective. You will also need to establish weather you want to be a police detective, or a private detective. With that said, we have put together most of the things you will need in order to achieve this goal, including qualifications and other things that will help you, so lets begin.

To start with, what type of qualifications you have may depend on how well you are accepted, you must have at least a high school diploma, or GED, this is the absolute minimum in most states. You must also be at least 21 years of age, hold a current driving license, and have no criminal record. You will also need to pass a physical exam to make sure you have sound vision, strength, and hearing as well as agility. Furthermore, some applicants in some states are even asked to take a lie detector test, so you should make sure you are totally honest.

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The type of qualities one should have to become a good detective are excellent communication skills, this is because you will need to be able to talk to people in a manner that you can extract as much information as possible while being firm yet comforting. You must be able to multi-task, as a detective will have many different tasks to perform during the course of a working day. Additionally, there will be lots of paperwork, and at times not much time to complete it all, so you must be able to juggle things around without panicking. Patience, and perception are two more skills that you should be honing, patience because a case can take days, months, or even years to complete, and perception to be able to take in many details at a crime scene.

In order to become a police detective most generally start out as a police officer, this will involve taking the 14 week academy training first. This is the most common way to get into detective work, but you could also have a military background which may suffice. Becoming a police officer will not grant you instant access to detective, this will generally take 3 to 5 years before you would be eligible for detective. During this time you would do well to brush up on detective skills that will likely help you in that field. Furthermore, learning things like computers, and technology, keeping mentally, and physically fit, writing very detailed reports from crime scenes can all be essential.

When trying to achieve police detective status, going through the police academy, and then through the ranks will pretty much get you all the necessary training. This type of background will teach you many things that you will need in becoming a detective, it is also recommended that you take additional classes during this time to hone your detective skills even further. Probably the most important qualification to have in order to enter this field is experience, you won’t get anywhere without plenty of experience, and the police academy is a first class establishment to get such.

So what about becoming a private detective? Although qualifications isn’t going to be required they are recommended, what you will need is that experience, after all, no potential client is going to hire a private detective with no experience. Working for the police in some form is obviously good experience, but you may also have experience from related fields such as insurance, military or lawyer. Most states require you to be licensed, and you will have to find out the exact requirements from your state, as some have many more than others. Furthermore, if you plan on carrying a gun you will need a permit and you may also need to register as a private investigator too,

As a private detective experience will be the biggest hurdle, and if you haven’t gone the police academy route the best way to get experience is to join an agency. Most of these small agencies will not offer promotion, or a way to move up in this career, but it will give you plenty of experience, and a way to improve your skills. You can then move onto either starting your own business, or move on to work for larger corporations. Working for large corporations will keep you busy, and you may even spend less time in the field, but again it would be a good way to get some experience before going it alone.

When thinking about how to become a detective it is not as easy as it first sounds. Reading this article may have given you more reason to enter this career, or it may have put you off, we hope not. All communities need more good detectives as there are plenty of unsolved cases each year. Finally, while some are exciting, some boring, and some fruitless, and may leading to no result. When you do put in the hours, and solve your first case, the feeling of well earned achievement cannot be replaced by a piece of paper, and makes it so worthwhile.


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