Do you have to go to college to be a police detective, and if so how much is the average pay for detectives?
I am still in high school but haven't really thought or talked about college, but I am interested in being a detective for the police. I'm not really sure if you have to go to college for it and I'm not sure how much they get paid. Help, please!
However as time went on, the requirements have changed with the times. El Monte PD requires a AS/AA degree prior to appointment.
In my opinion its a good thing to have. Your writing and communication skills will be enhanced by having at least a couple of years of college. I went back to college while I was a young patrol officer which at times was difficult to find classes that worked with my work schedule. (This was in the 90's when on-line classes weren't available.)
What you might want to consider is, going to your local police/sheriff's office and ask to go on a "ride along." This is where you will ride with a police officer on his/her shift. You can ask the officer about college, the police academy or anything else law enforcement related. Im sure they will guide you in the right direction.
Also, you may consider finding out if your local police/sheriff's office hires cadets. Normally cadets are high school and college students hired to do miscellaneous jobs at a department like working the front desk (customer service) or working support roles within the department.
As far as the pay was concerned, I lived very comfortably which I have always been grateful for. But pay varies from department to department.
In any event, I wish you the best of luck!!