Police detective - Salary and Career
Investigation and identification agents

Police detective - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They investigate crimes, prepare forensics of objects, documents and crime scenes, plan investigations, carry out arrests, fulfilling a court order or in flagrante delicto, identify people and corpses, collecting fingerprints, palms and soles. They act in crime prevention, manage crises, assist victims, mediate negotiations and rescue hostages, organize papilloscopic records and guard prisoners. They record information in reports, bulletins and reports, collect depositions and give testimony.

How much does an Police detective earn

A Police detective earns between $1.270 and $5.909 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.539 and a median salary of $2.356 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 15 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Police detective

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.539 30.471 635 12
1º Quartile 1.270 15.240 318 6
Median Salary 2.356 28.267 589 12
3º Quartile 4.507 54.080 1.127 22
Higher Salary 5.909 70.911 1.477 29

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in administrative sciences
      • technicians of administrative sciences
        • investigation and identification agents

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Main workplaces

Investigation and identification agents police investigators and police papilloscopists work in public administration, security and defense bodies, as statutory bodies. Professional detectives work in personal service or self-employed companies. The work of these occupations is usually carried out in teams, under occasional supervision. The professionals work indoors, outdoors or in vehicles, at irregular and varied hours, with or without shift rotation. May be subject to pressure situations, exposure of toxic material and risk of death.

What does it take to work in the field of Investigation and identification agents

The exercise of these occupations requires high school education and professional training of 200 to 400 class hours (police investigators) and more than 400 class hours (professional detectives). Papilloscopists are qualified in specialized courses, with more than four hundred class hours, taught by police academies. Higher education is required for federal police papilloscopists.

Functions and activities of Police detective

Investigation and identification agents must:

  • make arrests;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • identify persons and corpses;
  • custodiar detainees;
  • inspect documents, objects and crime scenes;
  • making arrests;
  • custodiar prisoners;
  • making arrests;
  • scan documents, objects, and crime scenes;
  • plan investigation;
  • investigate crimes;
  • expert documents, objects and crime scenes;
  • custodiar prinos;
  • plan research;
  • prevent crime;
  • manage crisis;
  • organize papilloscopic records;
  • communicate;
  • make arrests;

  • Activities

    • act discreetly;
    • analyze occurrences;
    • block lost or stolen identity card validity;
    • demonstrate visual ability;
    • request the presence of family members;
    • find fingerprints;
    • seize weapons;
    • prepare composite sketch;
    • keep up to date;
    • confront fingerprints, palms and soles;
    • collect testimonials and statements;
    • preserve crime scene;
    • profile the offender;
    • issue expert reports and technical opinions;
    • request firefighters, snipers, air support;
    • assist in the reconstruction of crimes and locations;
    • show patience;
    • operate optical and digital image processing devices;
    • search suspicious people and places;
    • provide relief to victims;
    • complete court orders;
    • maintain professional ethics;
    • work as a team;
    • assist in the reenactment of crimes and locations;
    • attest to the veracity of identity documents;
    • act with civility and respect;
    • intermediate negotiations;
    • plan papilloscopic work;
    • find suspects;
    • escort detainees and juvenile offenders;
    • demonstrate courage;
    • issue background certificate;
    • mark characteristic points in the fingerprints;
    • make cadaver gloves;
    • rescue hostages;
    • collect evidence of crime;
    • save values and objects;
    • check documentation in business transactions;
    • bear testimony;
    • act with common sense;
    • ensure physical and moral integrity of the prisoner;
    • keep looking good;
    • provide recognition of suspects and objects;
    • teach papilloscopy techniques;
    • driving a prisoner for forensic examination;
    • list witnesses;
    • drive vehicles in an offensive and defensive manner;
    • confront witnesses and suspects;
    • reveal latent digit-papillary impressions;
    • visit district locks;
    • chat in code;
    • monitor visits to prisoners;
    • check documents;
    • monitor execution of warrants;
    • interview people;
    • photograph people, objects and places;
    • qualify the person (collect personal data);
    • archive fragments of digit-papillary impressions;
    • interrogate indicted or suspects;
    • work as a team;
    • check reports;
    • using artifices and disguises;
    • isolate location;
    • bringing the parties involved in the crime to the police authority;
    • run special rounds;
    • compose research panels;
    • exchange information with similar bodies in the country and abroad;
    • proceed with preventive forum scan;
    • improve papilloscopy techniques;
    • handle weapons;
    • classify fingerprints and palms;
    • register police reports and detailed terms;
    • update papiloscopy museum collection;
    • protect assets;
    • approach suspicious persons and vehicles;
    • set up barriers for investigations;
    • map victims and suspects meeting places;
    • draw sketches of the crime scene;
    • drive vehicles offensively and defensively;
    • physically empower yourself;
    • archive individual dactyloscopic records;
    • infiltrate among suspects for investigation;
    • protect people;
    • reporting the parties involved in the crime to the police authority;
    • detect regions with high crime rate;
    • produce statistics;
    • search in dactyloscopic and onomastic files;
    • collect fingerprints, palms and soles;
    • report;
    • observe places and people (make a bell);
    • demonstrate insight;
    • subpoena people;
    • take a detainee for urgent treatment;

    Sectors that hire Police detective the most in the job market

    • general public administration
    • securities and securities brokers
    • retailer of clothing and accessories
    • computer training
    • technical level vocational education

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