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Police Detectives
District Of Columbia

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Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

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Currently Employed: Not Available

Projected Annual Job Openings: Not Available

Typical Hourly Wage: $44.23 - $64.20

Typical Annual Salary: $92,000 - $133,600

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: Less than 5 years

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Biological evidence collection kits
  • Handcuffs
  • Handguns
  • Notebook computers
  • Physiological recorders

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Map creation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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