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    Well, i'm planning on joining Law Enforcement. I plan to first join the FHP, get experience and use the tutution plan to finish off college. I plan to work their for a few years and see what happens.

    What my true long term goal is to become a Detective. I have grown fascinated with crime scene investigation. I am a Law N Order Addict. Yes I know real situation aren't as smooth and fast as the show, shows us. But the show is very interesting and shows some real life scenes.

    I have a few questions about your job and how you got it.

    How many years as a patrol officer were you before you become a detective?
    How old were you?
    Do you have a college degree?
    Do you like to do it?
    Do you get paid for overtime?

    Also, im thinking of getting a Psychology degree, I would think that would help with interrigation and other detective type things and situations. Do you think it would benefit me to become a detective?
    Last edited by mruiz46; 09-17-2008, 10:30 AM.

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    Originally posted by mruiz46 View Post
    Well, i'm planning on joining Law Enforcement. I plan to first join the FHP, get experience and use the tutution plan to finish off college. I plan to work their for a few years and see what happens.

    What my true long term goal is to become a Detective. I have grown fascinated with crime scene investigation. I am a Law N Order Addict. Yes I know real situation aren't as smooth and fast as the show, shows us. But the show is very interesting and shows some real life scenes.
    I think most agencies are using non-sworn personnel for CSI duties, or at least that seems to be the trend. Just something to think about as you choose your career path.

    To answet your questions:

    Originally posted by mruiz46 View Post
    How many years as a patrol officer were you before you become a detective?
    First time about 4 years, been back and forth between patrol and investigations - this will vary among agencies.

    Originally posted by mruiz46 View Post
    How old were you?
    Again, first time, about 25

    Originally posted by mruiz46 View Post
    Do you have a college degree?
    No

    Originally posted by mruiz46 View Post
    Do you like to do it?
    I love it, but it all depends on what type of investigations you are doing. If you are in an agency that has generalists - you handle all types of crimes, then it is always different. If you are a specialist, you get to be good at one type of investigation. No matter which way you go, there is always the potential for burnout.

    Originally posted by mruiz46 View Post
    Do you get paid for overtime?
    Hell yes

    Originally posted by mruiz46 View Post
    Also, im thinking of getting a Psychology degree, I would think that would help with interrigation and other detective type things and situations. Do you think it would benefit me to become a detective?
    It can't hurt, but that being said, most college courses are not geared towards criminal investigations, they are more general. There are plenty of excellent courses out there that teach interview/interrogation techniques.
    "We're not in this business for the money. We're not in it for the excitement, and moments like this. Duty, honor, country, service, truth, and justice are good. But you can do that from behind a desk. In the end, you carry a gun and shield out into the field for the sole purpose of confronting the bad guys. The enemy. There is no other reason to be on the front lines." ~Nelson Demille

    If your story involves Peanut Butter and an animal - give up now!
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    • #3
      Thanks for answering my questions, great answers

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      • #4
        At age 23, I hired on with Customs (Now I.C.E.) as an investigator, and stayed for 27 years, so yes, I liked it. Overtime was paid (sort of), but after so many hours, you were working for the flag.
        I have a degree in management, and wish I had taken a language.
        I handled all kinds of cases - smuggling, export of arms and ammunition, quite a variety. I felt that every three years, the job changed so much you did things you could never have guessed you would do.
        "A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself."
        John Stuart Mill

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        • #5
          I started at 20, I made plain clothes street crimes Detective at 25, and made major narcotics detective at 28. Im now 33, done with that work and on patrol again looking to make Sgt and stert moving up soon I hope.

          I enjoyed it, but its best to do when your young with no kids and not married. The overtime is abundant in these types of assingments, as they are many times in conjunction with DEA and the feds cover the OT. No I dont have a college degree...

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