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What is the enjoyable thing about being a criminal investigator?

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Jason’s Answer

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My current profession is in Executive Protection, however I am also currently a licensed private investigator in the State of Washington and have worked on many civil and criminal cases thought my career.

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.
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David’s Answer

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My law enforcement experience has spanned over 15 years, and I worked in professional law enforcement as well as Executive protection and private investigations.

My experience with criminal investigations has given me an understanding that, no matter how simple or complex an investigation may seem at first, there are always many pieces to the puzzle. Over my career, I have spent hundreds of hours piecing together different puzzles searching for as much information as I could uncover. There is an unexplainable sense of accomplishment, and drive that occurs as the pieces start to fit. Additionally, as the pieces begin to take shape, it becomes easier and faster to overturn the rocks and discover new snippets of information that may have been initially difficult to detect.

I spent a huge part of my career, dedicating hours to freeing long time victims, from a seemingly endless span of abuse or torment. This feeling is incomparable to anything i've experienced, and because of this it was always important to ensure proper investigations were carried out. Imagine, you were the only person that could save a life and one simple mistake in your investigation prohibited this from happening. Furthermore, it is even just as gratifying to find justice for someone who may have been wrongly accused of a crime.

Criminal investigations are a complex tireless process that are not to be taken lightly. Care and time need to be dedicated, as well as organization and preparation.

David recommends the following next steps:

  • Find a case online and conduct a mock investigation.
  • Take some form of formal writing class.
  • Take communication courses.
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Tyzhanae’s Answer

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I am not a criminal investigator, however I think what makes it an enjoyable career path is helping people get justice and peace.
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Jeffrey’s Answer

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For me, it has always been two things. First, putting the puzzle together and second, getting justice for the victim in whatever form that justice is. Sometimes, that just means getting stolen property back or financial restitution.
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Bryant R. Camareno’s Answer

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I am not a criminal investigator, however I am a criminal defense attorney that does investigative work along with my private investigator. It is very fulfilling and rewarding in that you can change peoples lives.
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Cassandra’s Answer

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First I love how they solve puzzles and learn how to gather all of the information and DNA to match the person.
Second I like is that they search for clues on what happened and how did it happen... so this could be a chance for me to learn and to experience.
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