There is no single answer to the question, it is subjective and will vary from person to person. What I find most enjoyable about investigations overall is gathering facts of a case and figuring how they fit together. With each new piece of information that is discovered, a clearer picture of whatever your're investigating begins to develop. That process is very exciting because whether you are working in a law enforcement capacity for the prosecution or a private investigator for the defense the smallest detail can make or break a case.
If you are interested in a career in investigations, check out the next steps to give you an idea of where to start.
Jason recommends the following next steps:
- Contact you cities/counties public defenders office and inquire about any investigator internships.
- Reach out to private investigators in your area and ask about any apprenticeships.
- Get a job as a security officer, network and find out how to become a licensed private investigator in your state.
- Join the police department, put in time, test and work you way up to a detective.