WHO DO DETECTIVES WORK FOR?
Have you ever wondered who detectives work for? Detectives are investigators who work to gather evidence related to criminal allegations. In the majority of cases, detectives are employed by law enforcement agencies, including local, state, or federal organizations. All detectives, regardless of their employer, have similar job responsibilities and possess a shared goal of securing evidence to assist in a criminal investigation.
TYPES OF DETECTIVES
There are several different types of crime detectives. These individuals may be employed by professional agencies, operate a private business, or involve themselves in criminal investigations for enjoyment.
LOCAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT DETECTIVES
If you have recently received a call from a detective, this individual is most likely employed by a state or federal law enforcement agency. Detectives who work for these agencies are skilled, educated, and trained to work alongside law enforcement officers across multiple departments.
There are different branches within a law enforcement agency and a detective typically specializes in one specific criminal area. For example, the cybercrimes division may employ their own specialized team of detectives who are skilled in apprehending individuals facing accusations of an internet crime.
DETECTIVES FOR THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)
Detectives for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) investigate serious criminal allegations. These include acts committed against public agencies or crimes that are committed across multiple jurisdictions.
FBI detectives are also notorious for taking over cases of special interest from state law enforcement agencies, such as cases involving large-scale drug operations or high-value theft crimes.
Private detectives are skilled and educated investigators who provide services through their own operation. Private detectives do especially well at their jobs. These individuals may be hired by a victim’s family or other individual involved in the case.
Amateur detectives are public citizens who choose to become involved in criminal investigations. These investigators may or may not have skill or experience in criminal law and do not receive any form of compensation. Amateur detectives may be motivated to solve crimes for personal reasons or as a recreational pursuit.
WHAT DO DETECTIVES DO?
DETECTIVE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
- Collect and Analyze Crime Scene Evidence
- Examine Records
- Interrogate Suspects
- Interview Witnesses
- Track and Monitor Suspects
Detectives will utilize any tactics that are necessary to accomplish their goal of securing evidence, including lying to potential suspects.