how long do you have to go to school to be a detective?
i want to be a detective but a lot of people say after you go to school you have to become a police first then you can come a detective is that true?
The hiring process is demanding. You will go through a battery of tests. Physical agility, psychological, drug, and a thorough background investigation. Once you pass all of that, you get to spend about 6 months in the police academy.
As far as police work is concerned, the academy will be the second hardest thing you will encounter as far as training is concerned.
Once you graduate from the academy, you will go to field training which will be the hardest training you will encounter.
And yes most police departments want some type of college degree (ex. AS/BS) prior to appointment (at least in California.)
But working patrol will give you a solid foundation about many aspects of law enforcement. And like anything else, you will get out of it what you put into it. If you are a hard worker and thorough report writer in patrol you will probably be noticed my detective supervision. If a person is more inclined to be lazy and cut corners, well detective supervision will notice them but probably not in a good way.
When you say school I think formal education. If you become a police officer or deputy, you will be able to obtain courses through your department too.
I hope I didnt confuse you but there are some educational needs before you can become a detective. Good luck!
You will develop a better understanding of the plight of victims in real time, perhaps minutes after they have suffered at the hands of others. Also, as a first responder, even though you are wearing a uniform, you are the first "investigator" on scene. Decisions you make and actions you take, may have a great impact on the investigation.
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