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How many years of college are recommended for someone interested in becoming a detective?

I'm in middle school and taking a career class. I'm curious how many years of college are recommended for someone who wants to become a detective. #career #detective

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Mark’s Answer


A four year degree or higher is going to improve your chances. However, depending on the police department and their needs the requirements could be less. A police department might chose detectives from existing police officers. Many require police officers to serve several years before becoming eligible for detective positions. Again, supply and demand!

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Jessica’s Answer

It typically takes 2-6 years to become a criminal investigator, depending on education and experience.