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Detectives investigate serious crimes, such as terrorism, homicide, armed robbery, vice and arson, and gather evidence to arrest and prosecute suspected offenders.


  • investigates and prosecutes offences
  • secures and examines scenes of crimes and accidents to obtain evidence
  • protects witnesses and investigates official corruption
  • maintains public order and safety
  • patrols assigned areas to minimise potential for public disturbance and crime
  • investigates accidents, crimes, minor offences and citizens' complaints, gathering evidence, and pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders
  • tests persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and issues infringement notices for traffic offences
  • directs and re-routes traffic at congested areas
  • attends community meetings and answers inquiries
  • gives advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families
  • maintains records and prepares reports.


  • requires driving
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

To become a Detective

  • You need to be an experienced Police Officer before you can apply for detective training.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Forensic Science

  • Research

  • Pathology

  • Forensic Medicine

  • Communication Skills

  • Biology

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