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Detective

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

Overview

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

Day-to-day

  • 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.

Considerations

  • requires driving
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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To become a Detective

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

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