Detective Chief

Manage activities of detective squad in investigating criminal cases.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$47,000 – $124,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Detective Chiefs do?

Directs and coordinates activities of detective squad engaged in investigation of criminal cases, such as auto theft, armed robbery, missing persons, homicide, vice, narcotics, fraud, and crimes involving youths: Assigns DETECTIVES 375.267-010 to designated posts or criminal cases. Reviews and submits reports of cases investigated to superiors. Ensures that apprehended criminals are fingerprinted. Directs photographing of crime scene, evidence, and suspects. Submits record of suspicions along with statement of witnesses and informants to office of DISTRICT ATTORNEY 110.117-010 for submission to MAGISTRATE 111.107-014 to obtain search warrant necessary to raid premises suspected of housing illegal activities. Conducts raids upon establishments suspected of violating such statutes as gambling or prostitution laws and oversees arrest of persons involved. Details officers to public gatherings to protect public from pickpockets and other criminals. May personally investigate criminal cases. May be designated according to nature of crime investigated as Commanding Officer, Automobile Section; or according to rank as Detective Captain; Detective Lieutenant; Detective Sergeant I.

Should I be a Detective Chief?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Chief, Detective-Bureau Chief, Detective Captain, Detective Sergeant I, Detective Supervisor

    How to become a Detective Chief

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