Detectives

Detectives

Detectives

In line with William F. McCarthy

about Detectives in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Police departments throughout the United States of America who assign police officers to perform retroactive investigations (investigating past crimes (there is more information about criminal law in the American Legal Encyclopedia and about crimes and criminals vocabulary) and collecting evidence) are called detectives; investigators; or, less frequently, inspectors. Detectives are also engaged in undercover operations, electronic surveillance, decoys, stings, and stakeouts in order to investigate continuing criminal enterprises. They are usually appointed to this detective designation, rather than promoted as the result of a competitive civil service exam process, which is the common promotion method for sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. The process for promotion to detective can range from a formal career path, evaluation of arrest activity, training, and education, to an abrupt instant reward for a heroic act or for solving an important or highly publicized case. The position of detective is the most celebrated, romanticized, and televised activity in the field of policing.

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