Internet Detective Essay Example

Essay on Detectives

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A detective is a police officer, whose duty is to detect criminals, by in-depth investigation of cases. When attempting to solve a crime, detectives conduct a criminal investigation that seeks all the facts about a crime to help determine the truth: what happened and who is responsible. This involves making a preliminary and final investigation. A detective’s task is to gather, organize, and use information about social behavior. To effectively complete that task a detective should possess certain characteristics: intellectual, psychological, and physical. Studies were conducted on the importance and efficiency of the criminal investigation system, and on the need to integrate written policies, and rules.…show more content…

People may lie or tell half-truths, but this does not mean that they are necessarily criminals. Detectives must stick with a case for as long as they think reasonable, so self discipline is linked with the willingness to persevere.
     Detectives must also have strong physical characteristics. They do not have to be a certain height, or weight, or age, but it is important to be a healthy, physically fit individual with adequate vision, and hearing abilities. Good health, and a high energy level are important and beneficial because detective work involves long and demanding hours.
     The responsibility to solve crimes belongs to the entire police force. An investigation is a coordinated departmental effort. An investigation relies on the assistance of other individuals and agencies, as well as major assistance coming from the public in obtaining information. A patrol officer is first on the scene of a crime, so detectives become dependent on the prior work of the patrol officer in their preliminary investigation. Patrol officers make an initial decision concerning whether an incident has sufficient grounds to report it.
     An investigation of a case can be divided into five parts or steps, and has certain goals to be accomplished. A detective must first establish a case. This entails determining whether a crime has been committed.

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