Police Detective

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By: Pedro Lopez, Reporter

Police detectives are responsible for many tasks and duties, including organizing and managing criminal investigations related to federal, state, or local law.

On the job, you would

  • Examine victims of crimes for things like breathing and pulse.

  • Obtain facts or reports from complainants, witnesses, and accused persons and record interviews using a recording device.

  • Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, preventing bystanders from tampering with it before medical examiner’s arrival.

Police detectives need skills. These are some skills you would need to be a police detective.

These are some necessary skills for police detectives. Being a good listener who knows the right questions to ask. Thinking about the good and bad ways to solve a problem. Noticing problems and finding the best way to solve them. Understanding people’s feelings and their reactions. Changing what is done based on what the people do. They need to learn the law and government, also public safety and security. Police detectives make general rules or create answers from lots of detailed information. They have to see when problems happen. They need to learn customer service and administrative service. They need to know psychology and English. Police detectives also need to listen and understand what people say. They need to speak to the people. They also need to pay attention to things without being disturbed. Sometimes they might need to multi-task. And the last thing they need is to see hidden patterns.

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