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I like the sound of this kind of job because it’s interesting, it would occupy vast amounts of my life and injustice really annoys me. I know it’s an unrealistic ambition but it’s nice to dream. 3 years ago

EmmaSamuelsHow i want to become a detective

I’ve wanted to be a detective ever since i started wathcing Law and Order.I want to help people and one way i can do that and love what im doing is being a detective. I dont want to be a detective just to shoot some crimanals. i want to make them understand what they are doing is wrong 4 years ago


I want to be like Elliot Stabler on SVU. I’m hoping to be in a sex crimes unit because I think that the people that commit those types of crimes need to be taken off the streets as fast as possible. It’s just disgusting. 5 years ago

VampireSasukeLoverI want to be a detective

My name Breeanna, I am about 14 years old and i am determined to become a detective. we recently took a trip to the tech school and i visited the law enforcement section witch has gotten me even more fired up about it all i cant wait till next year. for three years at the tech school i can get 30 Collage credits isn’t that awesome! 5 years ago


I wanna be Veronica Mars? Only the guy version? 6 years ago

kmdziedzcGic1Howard County Police Department

I want to become a police officer, and eventually work my way up to detective. First, though, I need an appointment for an oral interview! 6 years ago

kodexworkin on it

ive always wanted 2 b a spy or detective. i hav books and everythin. ie also got spy gear and i stay up late nearly every nite watchin crime shows. :) 6 years ago


I always dreamed and was interested in becoming a Detective.
becuase i would love to stop ever drugdealer that there is and i know certain places where i know they are at. 6 years ago


Det. Olivia Benson from Law & Order: SVU is my absolute rolemodel. Her and Nancy Drew have inspired me to get my degree in criminal justice. 7 years ago


the closest i’ve ever gotten is playing nancy drew computer games:( 7 years ago


I was called in to the chief’s office at 3 PM today and handed my promotion letter. It happened fast! I found out it was because one of our current detectives decided to go back to uniform so there was an opening. I went right from working a car wreck to the detectives staff meeting and then had to stay and finish up my reports from the day (since this was my last day of my work week, I couldn’t leave anything til tomorrow) so I didn’t get out of work til late. Probably won’t be the last time for that either.

My head is still spinning and I know I haven’t even begun to process this yet…I’m leaving tomorrow for a weekend in Chicago and a dear friend’s wedding so I won’t even have much time to think about it until I get back. Today was my last day as a uniform patrol officer and I didn’t even know it until it was over. Weird. I’ll miss some things but I’m excited about this next new step.

AND it looks like I will get fraud investigation, which is what I was hoping for…

Yay! 8 years ago


Got the results of the interiew/application process yesterday. They ranked the 9 applicants and I’m #3. There are only 2 positions at this time so I’m still a patrol officer for now, but the list is good for a year and I’m first in line for another position that opens up. And I hear they are trying to get authorized to add another position sooner rather than later.

I’m a little disappointed but I know it will happen sometime, probably (hopefully!) within the next year.

Thanks for all the good wishes here! 8 years ago


Very short and sweet, same boring questions for everyone—what is your concept of what an investigator does? What strengths do you have as an investigator? What weaknesses etc. Why do you want to be an investigator?

The whole thing took about 10 minutes. I should hear something within the next day or two…. 8 years ago


My interview is on Monday, October 9th. The decision should be made and communicated very quickly after that. I keep hearing through the grapevine that everyone expects one of the two people promoted to be me, and I have made it known that I’m interested in a specialty that as far as I know, no one else is interested in, including people already up there, so hopefully that will help things along.

I’m very excited at the prospect and ready to do something different but I’ve been melancholy at work the last few days, feeling like my time in this job is possibly winding down. I really do love being a patrol officer. Watch change is this weekend and tonight and tomorrow night will be my last two on morning watch, after doing it for 18 months. I’m very ready to see daylight again and for the different pace and activities of day shift, but there are aspects of morning watch I’ll miss a lot, in addition to missing the fun parts of patrol all together. There’s a camaraderie among people who work the night shift, whether it’s the cops, other public safety or even the same convenience store clerks, delivery people, Waffle House waitresses and hotel staff you see all the time. Of course most of our collective conversation revolves around how tired we are that day and how much or little sleep we got before it was time to come to work! 8 years ago

KatchooPutting in my application...

The department has opened up several slots in CID (Criminal Investigative Division). I’m putting in my application this week. We’ll see….. (fingers crossed) 8 years ago


it beats directing traffic.. 8 years ago


i’ve always wanted to do something with the law. i would love to be a detective and solve crimes..this or be a police officer, but this is what i really want to do. i hope my dream will come true! 8 years ago

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