Detectives Aren’t Picked From A Barrel

detective2The integral part of the law enforcement agencies around the globe, a detective is primarily an investigator who looks beyond the obvious and detaches the fact from fiction. He detects the anomalies and incongruities within a particular case and links all the dots to make a picture that is the most accurate representation of the wrongdoing at hand.

Traditionally detectives are believed to have some sort of supernatural powers to spot the cracks and resolve the most hideous transgressions and bring the most perilous criminals to the court of justice. A detective monitors all the evidence presented to him with great attention, nothing big or small can leave the eye, since one small slip from the detective could mean life and death of a human being. The job is so multifaceted for the detectives that sometimes it is the hardest thing in the world to clearly define a detective’s job in one simple phrase.

How Do You Become A Detective?

There is no one universally known process to become a detective. Various Police departments around the world have different procedures to select detectives for their force.

If I have to come up with some sort of similarities between various procedures I must say that there has to be a complex and analytically tough written exam that a candidate has to pass. But there is a catch; in most cases you have to be a police officer prior to the examination, and for that there is whole different procedure one has to go through, complexity of this test varies from country to country.

In some systems there is no compulsion of being a police officer before applying for a detective’s job. Civilians with extraordinary skills can apply for the job, and based on the results of their initial assessment, they could join the police force as detectives. In this case there is no need of any prior knowledge of law and policing, since all the training is provided once the person joins the law enforcement.

There is an ever continuing argument regarding the prerequisites for detectives. A majority of experts believe that most logical approach would be to select the brightest of the police officers with the required skills to go up the notch and help solve crimes rather than policing the society. This does sound the most plausible approach, since a police officer knows the law inside out (in most of the cases) and may also possess the extensive knowledge of the geography and dynamics of the city or town he is supposed to be policing. However a handful of criminologists deem a detective’s job to be an entirely distinct discipline then mere policing. Therefore, a whole different approach is needed to train the detectives, who could develop the aptitude and ability to spot what a typical police officer may miss during the course of a criminal investigation.

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