Interview with a Police detective

in Law Enforcement Careers, Public Service, Salaried Jobs

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Police Detective

How would you describe what you do?

Investigate crimes against people and/or property (Burglary, Homocide, Forgery, Rape, Criminal Mischief)

What does your work entail?

Typing reports in office/speaking to victim’s via phone/attempt to locate/arrest suspects

What do you like about what you do?

Arresting suspects and bringing them to justice. Defending people that need help. Great feeling when you get a confession about a crime that you did not have a lot of evidence on, and you ended up arresting suspect.

What do you dislike?

I don’t like when the suspect/perp/thug gets away. Whether that is winning in court or slipping away during a chase…Or knowing that suspect/perp/thug committed a crime, but can not prove it.

What skills and education would someone need to follow this career path?

Highschool education and passion for defending people and catching criminals. Action packed job at times.

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How do you make money? I don’t make any money…that is for the government and people that commit crimes. People from the city pay taxes and it goes to the city. The city turns and makes a paycheck then I deposit it into my checking account. 🙂

How much money do you make? $60,000. That is with overtime.

How much time off do you get?

Max vacation is 240 hrs…also get 100 comp hours…and 240 sick time. You get so many hours per week.

What is most challenging about what you do?


What is most rewarding?

Helping somebody…(Whether that is arresting a rape suspect, solving a Theft) very rewarding

What is the biggest misconception people have about what you do?

Having quotas

What advice would you offer someone considering this career/job?

Be a good citizen.

What are your goals/dreams for the future?

Climbing the ranks in the department…Chief, Captain, or Sgt. etc…

Is there anything else you would like people to know about what you do?



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Trijonay March 2, 2017 at 9:09 am

hello, my name is Trijonay Gundy and I am currently in college for my criminal justice degree I want to be a parole officer and wanted to get familiar with how things work I will like to shadow someone . to reach me you can email me at


Autumn Wachholz October 18, 2016 at 12:22 pm


My name is Autumn Wachholz. I’m 15 years, live in Phoenix, Arizona, and I go to Valley Lutheran High School. I am currently a 9th Grader and for a Freshman Seminar project, I have to do research on a job that I’m very interested in. This project is also required of me to have a Job Interview with a real Police Detective/Police Officer, whether it’s person to person, phone call, or email. If I could take a few moments of an officer’s time that would be greatly appreciated. I looked at this page for the LAPD and it seems very interesting. I am personally interested in becoming a cop/detective some day and I think it would be a great job. Like I said if I could just have a few moments of someone’s time who works in the field that would be so great. A few questions I have for you are:

1. What is your specific job that you do?
2. How long have you been doing this work?
3. How did you get into this work?
4. What kind of training or education did you need for this?
5. What do you like about your job?
6. What don’t you like about your job?
7. What do you see happening in this field in the next 5 to 10 years?
8. What is your ultimate career goal?
9. What are some necessary skills or personal qualities needed to be in this position?
10. What advice do you give to a person considering this position for their own career?

If anyone could answer these questions for me that would be wonderful. It doesn’t even need to be a long response…just maybe a sentence or two. It would be great for me to learn about what a real person in the Police Field does. Thank you so much. Please let me know if anyone gets this.

Autumn Wachholz


Kaydence October 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

I am 11 years old and I am interested in being a Detective. If you can help me please contact my e-mail.


Nick October 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

I’m 17 and in high school. I’ve been interested in this career for a long time and would to shadow a detective and see if I like it or not before I take a serious step towards this career. Even though it’s one of my dream jobs, I can’t be 100% sure I like it until I try it for myself. I would be grateful for any information you can give me. Please contact me if a job shadow is available.

Thank you


Sheila Aburto August 19, 2014 at 9:52 am

Hi, I’m Sheila and I am 16 years old and would like to job shadow a police detective for my high school class take charge. I am very interested in this job and would like to become one when I have finished my education. Please let me know if I am able to shadow one of the workers. Thank you for your time, Have a nice day


Vicki Kreifels August 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I have an associate’s degree in criminal justice, and my goal is to return to school and obtain my bachelors degree in criminal justice/human services. My ultimate goal is to become a juvenille probation officer. I would like to shadow a juvenille probation officer in Lincoln Ne. I would be available late afternoons and early evenings. If this is possible and I could be given this oppurtunity to see if this career would be a good fit for me, please contact me at .

Thank you
Vicki Kreifels


jenna west August 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

i would like to job shadow a detective for school im 14 nd interested can u please let me know. Thank you


Jacob May 31, 2011 at 10:57 am

I’ve always belived that respecting other people and other people’s property is the key to a better and brigther civilization. Thank you for all your hard work and for making it posible.


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