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Criminal Investigator/ Homicide Detective

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Kassie Ramos

on 26 November 2012

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By: Kassie Ramos Criminal Investigator
Homicide Detective Job Duties Education Homicide Detectives Salary:
The general yearly criminal investigator salary is ranges from $41,111 to $79,667
Current estimated salary for a Criminal Investigator in Texas is $49,000 A Homicide Detective is a person who investigates cases of homicide, i.e. killing of a person by another person. They are plain cloth investigators who collect evidence, gather facts, and investigate cases involving murders. Homicide Detective Work Their Work includes:
collecting evidence, interrogating suspects, conducting interviews, monitoring the activities of suspects and participating in raids and arrest
their cases are assigned on rotation basis and they work on them until the case is solved, an arrest or conviction occurs or until the case is dropped
they may be assigned to inter- agency task forces, for example: if a murder involves another time of crime like narcotics How to become a Homicide Detective:
You must first become a police officer, working for at least 3 years on patrol, during this time you will need to get top marks for your work
Grab every opportunity to learn additional sources, they show you are a brave and able police officer
You must work in conjunction with crime scene investigators and must have good skills in interviewing and networking
You need to have good experience in case work and prior cases
Investigative work is assigned to detectives after they complete the necessary selection and training. Main Requirements:
the person should be honest, have a good judgement, integrity and should be responsible.
should have an interest in people, and should be able to relate to all levels of society.
should be able to withstand pressure and make sound and logical judgments in difficult situations.
should have credibility as a witness, and must possess excellent communication skills and observation skills.
must have good physical health and the toughness to tackle and resolve issues. Education: A great homicide detective career is built on a strong foundation of the correct type of training and education.
A high school education is necessary for a job in the police, but for those aspiring for the top posts, a college degree becomes necessary for most.
But for the quickest route towards a career, a degree in criminal justice will be the best thing to do
Officers who have work-related degrees are also sometimes paid higher. Salary:
Average salary for a homicide detective is $60,000 per year depending on education, experience and agency demographics. Criminal Investigator A criminal investigator is a person who conducts investigations for criminal cases. This person is responsible for collecting and assessing evidence for a case to pinpoint guilty parties. The job duties of a criminal investigator will vary based on the crime on hand at the time.Which makes it hard to identify an exact criminal investigator job description because each investigator goes through a different set of tasks each day. Here are some common duties:

Examining case files
Using law enforcement equipment, such as police radios and evidence containers
Preparing evidence before a trial
Testifying in court about a criminal case
Gathering evidence at a crime scene
Working with forensic scientists and psychologists to assess a crime
Identifying suspects on a crime
Recruiting witnesses for a criminal court trial How to become a criminal investigator:
education is of the utmost importance. A good first step is to pursue a criminal investigations degree, or a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
A background with no major criminal violations is a must.
You should also be in a relatively good state of physical fitness to be a criminal investigator. Certifications and Licensing

Certification can be a definite asset for a criminal investigator. The most recognized certification is the Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI), which is offered by the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. The designation requires forty hours of training as well as two letters of recommendation and two years of work experience. Investigators are re-tested every two years to make sure their knowledge is current.
You must be licensed to be an investigator in most states, each state has its own licensing requirements for criminal investigators. A high school diploma or GED is generally considered a must.
If you are interested in the more scientific aspects of criminal investigation, a college degree is strongly encouraged, and a master's degree is often preferred.
Many vocational and two-year colleges now offer specialized criminal investigation classes in addition to the traditional four-year college path. Training:

Very few criminal investigators start off as actual investigators. Most work their way up to that level by gaining experience at other jobs. A background in jobs such as security officer, collection agent, loss prevention manager or police officer provides a terrific base for you to build a criminal investigation career on. Works Cited:


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