CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Police Detectives

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Detectives
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases. Examine crime scenes to obtain clues and evidence, such as loose hairs, fibers, clothing, or weapons.
 
Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, preventing bystanders from tampering with it prior to medical examiner's arrival.
 
Obtain evidence from suspects.
 
Provide testimony as a witness in court.
 
Analyze completed police reports to determine what additional information and investigative work is needed.
 
Prepare charges or responses to charges, or information for court cases, according to formalized procedures.
 
Note, mark, and photograph location of objects found, such as footprints, tire tracks, bullets and bloodstains, and take measurements of the scene.
 
Obtain facts or statements from complainants, witnesses, and accused persons and record interviews, using recording device.
 
Obtain summary of incident from officer in charge at crime scene, taking care to avoid disturbing evidence.
 
Examine records and governmental agency files to find identifying data about suspects.
 
Prepare and serve search and arrest warrants.
 
Block or rope off scene and check perimeter to ensure that entire scene is secured.
 
Summon medical help for injured individuals and alert medical personnel to take statements from them.
 
Provide information to lab personnel concerning the source of an item of evidence and tests to be performed.
 
Monitor conditions of victims who are unconscious so that arrangements can be made to take statements if consciousness is regained.
 
Secure persons at scene, keeping witnesses from conversing or leaving the scene before investigators arrive.
 
Preserve, process, and analyze items of evidence obtained from crime scenes and suspects, placing them in proper containers and destroying evidence no longer needed.
 
Record progress of investigation, maintain informational files on suspects, and submit reports to commanding officer or magistrate to authorize warrants.
 
Take photographs from all angles of relevant parts of a crime scene, including entrance and exit routes and streets and intersections.
 
Organize scene search, assigning specific tasks and areas of search to individual officers and obtaining adequate lighting as necessary.
 
Question individuals or observe persons and establishments to confirm information given to patrol officers.
 
Notify, or request notification of, medical examiner or district attorney representative.
 
Note relevant details upon arrival at scene, such as time of day and weather conditions.
 
Participate or assist in raids and arrests.
 
Videotape scenes where possible, including collection of evidence, examination of victim at scene, and defendants and witnesses.
 
Coordinate with outside agencies and serve on interagency task forces to combat specific types of crime.
 
Maintain surveillance of establishments to obtain identifying information on suspects.
 
Notify command of situation and request assistance.
 
Schedule polygraph tests for consenting parties and record results of test interpretations for presentation with findings.
 
Check victims for signs of life, such as breathing and pulse.
 
Observe and photograph narcotic purchase transactions to compile evidence and protect undercover investigators.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Detectives
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Detectives
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Detectives
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Detectives
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Detectives
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agent
Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent
Burglary Investigator
City Detective
Crime Scene Investigator
Criminal Investigations Division Investigator
Criminal Investigator
Deputy Sheriff
Detective
Detective Sergeant
Detective Supervisor
Drug Enforcement Agent
Forgery/Fraud Investigator
Fugitive Detective
Fugitive Investigator
Homicide Detective
Homicide Investigator
Internal Affairs Investigator
Investigator
Law Enforcement Officer
Narcotics Detective
Narcotics Investigator
Narcotics and/or Vice Detective
Police Captain
Police Detective
Police Investigator
Police Officer
Sex Crimes Detective
Sheriff's Detective
Special Agent
Station Detective
Vice Investigator
Vice/Narcotics Detective
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Protective Services
Job Family: Police Services
Benchmark Title: Police Detectives
 
 
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