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Police Detectives

Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.   (O'Net 33-3021.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Agent, Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent, Burglary Investigator, City Detective, Crime Scene Investigator, Criminal Investigations Division Investigator, Criminal Investigator, Deputy Sheriff, Detective, Detective Sergeant, Detective Supervisor, District Sergeant, Drug Enforcement Agent, Forgery/Fraud Investigator, Fugitive Detective, Fugitive Investigator, Homicide Detective, Homicide Investigator, Internal Affairs Investigator, Investigator, Law Enforcement Officer, Narcotics and/or Vice Detective, Narcotics Detective, Narcotics Investigator, Police Captain, Police Detective, Police Investigator, Police Officer, Sex Crimes Detective, Sheriff's Detective, Special Agent, Station Detective, Vice Investigator, Vice/Narcotics Detective, Victim Witness Administrator
 
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    Wages
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                          - Police Detectives
                          - Police Identification and Records Officers
                          - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                          - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                          - Intelligence Analysts
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 24.55   $ 30.09   $ 37.56   $ 39.84   $ 55.83   $ 37.98  
    Yearly $51,060   $62,590   $78,120   $82,860   $116,120   $79,000  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 23.53   $ 29.77   $ 38.69   $ 46.95   $ 60.90   $ 40.10  
    Yearly $48,950   $61,930   $80,480   $97,660   $126,660   $83,400  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 21.79   $ 24.04   $ 37.60   $ 56.33   $ 60.90   $ 39.52  
    Yearly $45,320   $49,990   $78,210   $117,160   $126,670   $82,200  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 26.54   $ 31.37   $ 37.56   $ 38.70   $ 39.84   $ 35.93  
    Yearly $55,210   $65,260   $78,110   $80,490   $82,870   $74,740  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                                  - Police Detectives
                                  - Police Identification and Records Officers
                                  - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                                  - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                                  - Intelligence Analysts
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 254 282 1.1% 9
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Detectives and Criminal Investigators which includes:
                                - Police Detectives
                                - Police Identification and Records Officers
                                - Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
                                - Immigration and Customs Inspectors
                                - Intelligence Analysts
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 41.5%
    Federal government, all industries 39.4%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 18.3%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 0.6%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 0.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Police Detectives
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  • Provide testimony as a witness in court.
     
  • Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, preventing bystanders from tampering with it prior to medical examiner's arrival.
     
  • Examine crime scenes to obtain clues and evidence, such as loose hairs, fibers, clothing, or weapons.
     
  • Obtain evidence from suspects.
     
  • Record progress of investigation, maintain informational files on suspects, and submit reports to commanding officer or magistrate to authorize warrants.
     
  • Check victims for signs of life, such as breathing and pulse.
     
  • Prepare charges or responses to charges, or information for court cases, according to formalized procedures.
     
  • Obtain facts or statements from complainants, witnesses, and accused persons and record interviews, using recording device.
     
  • Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants.
     
  • Note, mark, and photograph location of objects found, such as footprints, tire tracks, bullets and bloodstains, and take measurements of the scene.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives  updated June 2008
     


    Knowledge
    for Police Detectives
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives  updated June 2008
     


    Skills
    for Police Detectives
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Police Detectives
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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives  updated June 2008
     


    Work Activities
    for Police Detectives
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  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives  updated June 2008
     


    Interests
    for Police Detectives
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  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Police Detectives
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives  updated June 2008
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Police Detectives
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Police Detectives
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives  updated June 2008
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Police Detectives
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Criminal Justice/Police Science.
     
    • Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism. (NEW)
     
    • Financial Forensics and Fraud Investigation. (NEW)
     
    • Law Enforcement Investigation and Interviewing. (NEW)
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    Related Occupations
    Occupations with skill requirements similar to Police Detectives
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  • Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
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  • Emergency Management Directors
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  • First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
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  • Police Patrol Officers
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Police Detectives 
     

     
     
     
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