Profession police detective

Police detectives gather and compile evidence which assists them in the solution of crimes. They use investigative techniques to gather evidence, and interview all parties connected to their line of enquiry, and cooperate with other police department divisions to gather the evidence.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Criminology

    The study of criminal behaviour, such as its causes and nature, its consequences, and control and prevention methods.

  • Law enforcement

    The different organisations involved in law enforcement, as well as the laws and regulations in law enforcement procedures.

  • Investigation research methods

    The methods and strategies used to conduct police, government intelligence or military investigation research, as well as the research regulations specific to the operation.

  • Legal use-of-force

    The characteristics of the use-of-force, which is a legal doctrine employed by police and army forces, to regulate acts of violence during interventions. Use-of-force is ought to balance security needs with ethical concerns for the rights and well-being of intruders or suspects.

Skills

  • Ensure law application

    Ensure the laws are followed, and where they are broken, that the correct measures are taken to ensure compliance to the law and law enforcement.

  • Form operational strategies for law enforcement

    Form strategies to turn laws and regulations into operational goals and plans of action to ensure that the law is complied with and offenders receive the correct sentence, fine or other consequence.

  • Examine crime scenes

    Examine crime scenes upon arrival to ensure they are not tampered with, and to perform the initial assessments and analyses of what may have occurred, as well as examining the nature of the evidence present.

  • Conduct research interview

    Use professional researching and interviewing methods and techniques to gather relevant data, facts or information, to gain new insights and to fully comprehend the message of the interviewee.

  • Analyse legal evidence

    Analyse evidence, such as evidence in criminal cases, legal documentation regarding a case, or other documentation that can be regarded as evidence, in order to obtain a clear image of the case and reach resolutions.

  • Maintain operational communications

    Maintain communications between different departments of an organisation, between the staff, or during specific operations or missions, to ensure that the operation or mission is successful, or that the organisation functions smoothly.

  • Handle evidence

    Handle evidence important for a case in a manner compliant with regulations, in order to not affect the state of the evidence in question and to ensure its pristine condition and usability in the case.

  • Develop investigation strategy

    Develop strategies used in an investigation to gather information and intelligence in the most productive way, compliant with legislation, ensuring that the strategy is adapted to each individual case in order to obtain intelligence as efficiently and quickly as possible.

  • Hear witness accounts

    Hear witness accounts during a court hearing or during an investigation to assess the significance of the account, its impact on the case under scrutiny or investigation, and to aid in reaching a conclusion.

  • Lead police investigations

    Lead investigations in police cases, which involves establishing an investigation strategy, contacting experts, being able to use different methods and points of view, and leading investigative staff.

Optional knowledge and skills

detain offenders criminal law identify security threats restrain individuals ensure compliance with types of weapons present evidence first response write situation reports legal requirements related to ammunition drug investigations conduct public presentations apply knowledge of human behaviour use personal protection equipment practice vigilance control crowd ensure information security apply first response legal research investigate forgery cases

Common job titles

  • Police records technician
  • Police recruit
  • Police officer
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  • Police services representative
  • Police officer
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