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I am an 8th grader and already stressing about what I want to be, I wanted to be a homicide detective but I saw that I would have to be a police officer and now I'm not so sure, can you help?

I want to be a homicide detective but now I'm just confused and stressed, please help me out.

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Mark Francis’s Answer

Peyton, First of all, there is nothing at all you should be stressed about career-wise at this early stage of your life. I would recommend that at your current age, you just focus on getting good grades, staying out of trouble, saying “no” to illegal drugs and alcohol, behaving kindly with others, avoiding unhealthy friendships, and having fun with your loved ones. Enjoy your youth while you can.
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Peyton
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Melanie’s Answer

Dear Peyton,

I am so impressed that you're an 8th grader thinking about your future already. GOOD FOR YOU! But also...you're only in 8th grade. You have so much growing to do.

If you can, call the local police department and ask to speak to the homicide detective or ask to make an appointment to go speak to that person. Make sure you bring a list of all of your questions. Questions could be:

1.). How do I become a homicide detective?
2.). What parts of the job do you like or not like?
3.). What advice would you give me if I want to become a homicide detective?
4.). Are there other jobs that may be similar that I could become?

I hope this helps you!

All the best,
Melanie
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is amazing! I really needed it. Peyton
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James’s Answer

Being a student and interested in a Law Enforcment career, I suggest checking with local agencies to see if they have a Police Explorer program. This will allow you to get an inside look at how they function. All Homicide/CAPERS (Crimes Against Persons) investigators start out in patrol, which is important, before moving to Investigations. Patrol is where you learn to deal with people, both good and bad, develop your observation and interview/interrogation skills, etc. And even as a uniformed patrol officer, when you respond to a major incident, you are the first "investigator" at the scene. Steps you take rendering aid, summoning resources, identifying witnesses, apprehending suspects and preserving evidence, play an important part in the investigation.
Thank you comment icon Thanks, can't wait to put this advice into action! Peyton
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