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Nature Of Work And Duties Of A Detective

The first question in the mind of a person is: What is a detective ? Now that we know what all is required to become a detective, the next question that faces us is what is the nature of work of detectives and investigators? What are the hazards of the occupation? How is the work environment? How does a detective or an investigator work ? Well we have all the answers to your questions below.

Detective- Work Environment


The work environment of the detectives and investigators varies according to the case they are on.

  • The work can keep them out of office for a long time for surveillance and investigation duties, while the same work can keep them in the office for long times while investigating phone calls and e-mails and other computer related evidences.
  • Store and hotel detectives work in the same place where they are employed, while for other detectives, the workplace can vary from plush boardrooms to dingy bars.
  • They usually work alone, but can need assistance while following a target or conducting surveillance.
  • Sometimes confrontations occur, hence making the job dangerous and stressful.
  • Owners of detective agencies have another headache to deal with in the form of demanding and distraught clients.
  • Most detective cases do not require the investigator to be armed.
  • However, in some cases where it is necessary, the detectives carry weapons.
  • Although it is a dangerous profession, however violent incidents and serious work-related injuries are very rare.
  • Detectives have to work at odd hours, and working over the weekends, during holidays, early morning and late nights is common as they have to conduct surveillance on people who might not be available during normal hours.

Detective-Duties and Nature of Work


Detectives, sometimes called special agents, perform investigative duties like collecting facts and evidence.

They have many tools at their disposal, but usually the time consuming task of interrogating the suspect solves the case.
  • The investigators also rely on a vast network of informants built over time to provide any information that might provide a breakthrough in the case.
  • The duties of private detectives depend on the need of their client. For example, some client might be trying to find a person committing fraud in his company, so a detective is deployed to gather evidence that will stand up in court.
  • Investigators and detectives help individuals, business establishments and attorneys in collecting and analyzing information.
  • They have to connect clues and uncover the facts about cases.
  • They also provide many extra services like celebrity protection and pre-employment employee verification.
  • They also provide assistance in criminal and civil cases, insurance and fraud cases, child custody and protection cases.
  • Private eyes can also be hired by estranged clients to check the fidelity of their partners and gather evidence of their infidelity, if present.
  • Private detectives specialize in one area or another.
  • For example, detectives specializing in intellectual property theft help in cases relating to piracy and help clients prevent illegal activity from occurring and provide assistance in criminal prosecution.
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