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How long would it take to move up in rank to become a homicide detective ?

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Andy’s Answer

It will depend on the agency you go to as to what requirements they have for detective. The agency I work for requires a minimum of four years with the agency or a similar sized agency before even being considered for detective. It also depends on other requirements, some agencies require you to start off as a property crimes detective and work your way up to homicide.
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Hassan’s Answer

This will very much depend on the policy department that you join. So I would contact departments that you're considering and ask.

I've read that it takes about two years to become a policy officer and then 3-5 year to become a detective. You maybe able to accelerate that timeline if you have an advanced degree in Criminal Justice. Keep mind mind that it's a competitive field and so there's no guarantee of becoming one.
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Nick’s Answer

Every law enforcement agency is different. Some places have Investigators that only work certain crimes (Crimes against persons, property crimes, homicide, narcotics, etc). Others are generalists, working all types of cases. And with this, every department has different requirements. Some require you to hold different positions in the agency for a specific amount of time. Others allow you to apply for the position through testing. Most are appointed by the head of the agency or division.
So, there is not a specific time frame. It’s all about where you work.
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