Irene minute and second. If you’re murdered in America,

Irene Sesay Career Exploration Alternative Senior Project         Crimes and bad doings all over the world happen every minute and second. If you’re murdered in America, there’s a 1 in 3 chance that the police won’t identify your killer. Thats where a detective comes in and tries his or her best to solve the crime that’s brought. Scary part about a crime isn’t what’s done but who’s done it. For detectives, solving complex criminal cases is a lot like solving puzzles. Only a few know how to do that.      Detectives are law enforcement officers who gather facts and collect evidence for criminal cases.Working as an detective offers opportunities to bring closure for families and justice to criminals.For the most part, detectives are looking to solve specific types of crime, like: robberies, car thefts, fraud and homicides. However, some detectives are assigned to inter-agency task forces to combat crime. They conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids or arrests.     Detectives are assigned cases on a rotating basis and work on them until an arrest and conviction is made or until the case is dropped. There are different types of detectives and they do different types of things. The Most high profiled one is a Private detective. Private detectives are independent contractors who do detective work for private companies and citizens. They often perform surveillance on claimants for workers’ compensation attorneys and insurance companies.      Other tasks a private detective takes on are running background checks and investigating allegations of infidelity for customers. Some detectives work as part of a security team for high-profile clients such as celebrities and government officials. Another type of detective is a missing person detective. A missing person detective does detective work with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and other law enforcement agencies.This kind of detective looks into cases of missing adults and children from all states and jurisdictions.      The investigator has to review the case file, interview family members and friends and make sure the media gets out the information about the missing person. Detectives who assist in missing persons cases may work on recent cases or cold cases that are 10 to 20 years old. Another One is a narcotics detective .Local police departments usually hire narcotics detectives for detective work regarding the sale of illegal narcotics. These detectives work on undercover operations and meet with suspected drug dealers to confirm drug deals.      Narcotics personnel also review cases with drug related offenses to see if there are any connections to other alleged drug dealers. In federal cases, the narcotics detective may have to provide testimony about what he witnessed during the drug buy. Some situations may require the investigator to infiltrate groups of people suspected of drug trafficking. The Most common detective is a Violent Crime Detective.Violent crimes detectives conduct detective work with state and federal agencies as well as other jurisdictional departments.      Some of the vicious crimes that these professionals investigate are homicides, assault and battery and sexual assaults. Most of the detectives who oversee these cases speak with victims or witnesses, request medical records from hospitals, and collect evidence from crime scenes. Assignments also include searching computer databases and conducting voice analysis tests. To do this type work takes more work out into it.     Criminal justice is full of great careers, but one thing they almost universally have in common is that you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Education requirements range from a high school diploma to a college degree. Most detectives must graduate from their agency’s training academy before completing a period of on-the-job training. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 21 years old, and able to meet rigorous physical and personal qualification standards. A felony conviction or drug use may disqualify a candidate.      Some precincts and federal positions also require a bachelor’s degree. The best degrees for police detectives include criminology, criminal justice, psychology, and human service.Classes should hone students’ leadership and problem-solving skills.Detective jobs are either promotions or lateral transfers from within the police department. The individual requirements may vary from department to department, but since it is a specialty position, you can expect to have to serve as a police patrol officer for 2 or more years before you’re even eligible to be considered for a detective job.    Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.While a continued desire for public safety is expected to result in a need for more officers, demand for employment is expected to vary depending on location, driven largely by local and state budgets. Even with crime rates falling in recent years, demand for police services to maintain and improve public safety is expected to continue. Job applicants may face competition because of relatively low rates of turnover. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree and law enforcement or military experience, especially investigative experience, as well as those who speak more than one language, should have the best job.        Detectives typically are chosen from existing police officers; thus, aspiring detectives should express their interest to superior officers to be kept in mind for promotion. Many agencies require police officers to serve at least three years before becoming eligible for detective positions. Promotion within agencies is generally based on an individual’s position on a promotion list, scores on agency exams, and an evaluation of his or her performance as a police officer. According to the BLS, growth in this field is expected to stay about the same in coming years, but those with more experience and military training will likely have better professional prospects. A police officer is most likely to give another officer the job as a detective.      The duties of a police officer, also known as a law enforcement officer, focus on protecting people and property. They patrol the areas they are assigned, which sometimes include entire jurisdictions, respond to calls, enforce laws, make arrests, issue citations, and occasionally testify in court cases. They often make traffic stops, respond to domestic disturbances, and, at times, provide first aid to someone involved in a traffic accident or injured in a domestic dispute until paramedics arrive. Much of their time is divided between patrolling, writing reports, and filling out forms. In fact, police officers now also perform the immigration duties once exclusive to INS agents, meaning that INS agents are now essentially police officers.     Before you can become a police officer, you must first meet the minimum qualifications.Most of the qualifications are like what a detective needs.Specific qualifications will vary by agency, but typically include being a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years old, and having no felony convictions. Misdemeanors are handled on a case-by-case basis, and many departments also require applicants to be financially responsible. To become a law enforcement officer, you will also have to meet physical fitness, medical, vision, and hearing requirements.      Testing for these are part of the hiring process, as well as interviews, a background check, written exam, drug test, written exam, and psychological evaluation. You will also have to meet the educational and training requirements. Each agency will have their own educational requirements. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some agencies require only a high school diploma, while others require some college coursework or a college degree. Many agencies encourage their officers to take law enforcement-related college courses throughout their careers. Earning an associate degree in criminal justice will usually allow you to meet the educational requirements and provide you with knowledge of the law, criminal justice system, criminal behavior, and more, which will benefit you in this career.      Each agency will have training requirements that must be met as well. The majority of agencies will have a training academy, while smaller agencies may have you complete your training at a local college, university, or through a nearby, larger agency’s academy. Through the academy you will receive training in areas such as defensive tactics, driving, tactical, firearms, and laws and regulations, preparing you for your career.Police officers who are becoming detectives like me should already hold a law enforcement certification from their state. In many states, that original certification is valid throughout an officer’s career as long as it is maintained properly.      Other states have certification grades that depend on education and experience, and some offer special investigator certifications.Becoming a police officer requires about six months of training, and officers must typically gain four or five years or experience before they can take a promotional exam to become a detective. Some police departments allow officers to substitute a college degree for a year of experience.You can become a police detective only if you are currently working for a police department. If you are a detective looking for a new job, contact other police departments to find out what their requirements are for lateral transfer.                   Most police departments accept transfers only from officers who have a certain amount of recent working experience.Transferring within your own state may be easier, as you will already hold the required certification for your state. If you transfer to a police department in another state, you will most likely have to complete some extra training and meet that state’s certification requirements. Many police departments publish information about their promotional ladder and promotional requirements on their websites.Police departments are often very committed to community outreach, so you may be able to meet with detectives and learn about their daily responsibilities and the challenges of their job.     New detectives can, with additional experience, gain promotions within their rank. Higher-rank detectives can supervise other detectives and police officers, review the work of other police officers, and lead investigations on important cases. Detectives can also earn promotions to the rank of lieutenant, captain, commander, and deputy chief. Each successive promotion brings with it greater management responsibilities in the police department. Detectives may, after promotion, lead patrol divisions or specialty units like the homicide, narcotics, or sexual assault unit. It really depends on how good you are.      The hiring process and training academy can take around 12 to 18 months, all together, though this may vary by agency. After graduating from the academy, you will be a probationary officer, which typically means you will be constantly supervised, have limited responsibilities, and in most cases, are eligible to be relieved of duty easier than if you were not on probation. The length of probation varies by agency. The BLS shows that the average salary for a police officer is $53,540 a year. However, what you earn will depend on several factors, including the agency you work for, location, performance, and amount of experience.         I chose this career because I think it’s right for me. I love fixing problems & cracking a mystery. Seeing many people not knowing who did who is sad because they never seek justice. That’s literally what a detective is supposed to do , give justice to others.      One main reason I think this job is for me because back in 2012, My uncle was shot cold blooded on the street and till this day , they haven’t even found a suspect or anything to at least bring justice for him. It’s sad because all he did was go to the store and wasn’t even a bad man at all. He was definitely a people’s person. It shocked many to see him die till this day. Cracking my uncles case is really why becoming a detective has a lot of interest to me.     No one said they couldn’t anything exactly no one. It really hurts a lot to lose someone you use to be close with and the police department can’t find the killer. Ever since this happening , I wanted to help people like me who wonders who did what find Their criminals and bring justice to all. Yea it always time but also a lot of determination and patience which I have. Helping others is also what I want to do for others.      Many people go through so much problems in their home and out. Kids get missing and parents are hurt because they can’t find or hear about their kid(s). Innocent people get robbed or other bad doings happen. The world is literally full of bad people and the protection that lies for the people come from the people who risk their lives protecting the citizens.  Which is the people who protect ; police officers , firefighters , & etc.      Without these people here , the world would be a bad place. That’s why becoming a detective is very important to me. Could help the people who need help and protect them. I have good sense of breaking codes and solving mysteries so being a detective seems my hot topic choice. I also realized that it’s not a easy task.      They said that being a detective is hard task. You barely get sleep because someone’s always calling you for a crime scene. The people involved/related to the people who are in the crime bugs you for answers