Detective-Cop

Becoming a Cop/Detective

Education in the force requires as low as a high school diploma to a higher college level. Through job training they have to finish the academy to graduate and become a police officer.

Must be able to gather information from people; solving problems quickly.

Being in good physical shape to take on task that might come your way.

Military experience is a plus.

Some type of college is needed depending what your trying to be and another language.

The median wages for police and detectives occupations in May 2010 were as,

  • $68,820 for detectives and criminal investigators
  • $54,330 for transit and railroad police
  • $53,540 for police and sheriff’s patrol officers
  • $49,730 for fish and game wardens


Duties



Uniformed police officers typically do the following:

  • Enforce laws
  • Respond to calls for service
  • Patrol assigned areas
  • Conduct traffic stops and issue citations
  • Arrest suspects
  • Write detailed reports and fill out forms
  • Prepare cases and testify in court

Detectives and criminal investigators typically do the following:

  • Investigate crimes
  • Collect evidence of crimes
  • Conduct interviews with suspects and witnesses
  • Observe the activities of suspects
  • Arrest suspects
  • Write detailed reports and fill out forms
  • Prepare cases and testify in court