A detective is an investigator, usually a member of a law enforcement agency. They often collect information to solve crimes by talking to witnesses and informants, collecting physical evidence, or searching records in databases. This leads them to arrest criminals and enable them to be convicted in court.[1] A detective may work for the police or privately.

Activity sectors
criminal investigation
Competenciescriminological knowledge, knowledge of the law, literacy and numeracy, reasoning skills and social skills
Education required
secondary or tertiary education
Fields of
law enforcement or private investigation
Related jobs
police officer, private investigator, bounty hunter
Police detectives investigating a homicide in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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