A detective is a law enforcing official in Pennsylvania who performs a variety of duties such as crime scene investigation, evidence inspection and interrogative interviews. A detective holds a very crucial and decisive position in the law enforcing department of Pennsylvania.
The primary things that must be recognised before opting this as a profession are given below
The minimum eligibility criteria includes a high-school diploma/GED certificate, clear background and valid license of the state of Pennsylvania. These are the minimum requirements to enroll in a police academy of Pennsylvania.
This is mandatory as the degree that an applicant is holding determines the post as a detective in Pennsylvania. The posts vary such as juvenile detective, technical investigation detective, homicide detective and forensic evidence collector etc and thus require a specific degree program in fields such as criminology, criminal law, psychology and sociology.
Once enrolled, the initial training to become a police officer starts that is usually of 6-8 months. The additional training takes around 1-3 years in which the applicant is trained to hold all the attributes that the position of detective require in Pennsylvania.
The test comprises of 75 questions that are related to law/constitution of Pennsylvania, crime scene investigation, inspection of clues and interrogative interviews. This test qualifies you as a candidate for the post of detective in Pennsylvania.
Once the test is cleared, the applicant can apply for the position of detective. The requirements must be fulfilled before applying along with the experience of 3-5 years as a police officer at the time of applying to be a detective in Pennsylvania.
The time frame consists of 6-8 months of initial training, 1-3 years of additional training and 3-5 years of working experience as a police officer in Pennsylvania. The time limit may vary due the proficiency and competency of the candidate.
An average detective in Pennsylvania makes around $76,330 per year. The highest pay of a Detective in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was recorded around $90,500 per year. Which is 36% higher than the states average wages for a Detective.
It is predicted that the employment opportunities for the detectives in Pennsylvania may increase around 5-9% during 2018-28. The rate of opportunities may decrease or increase in the coming few years depending on the circumstances.