• Detectives and Criminal Investigators
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

    What do they typically do

    • Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases
    • Obtain and check evidence by interviewing and observing suspects and witnesses or by analyzing records
    • Examine crime scenes to get clues and evidence such as loose hairs, fibers, clothing, fingerprints, or weapons
    • Secure deceased body and obtain evidence from it, preventing bystanders from tampering with it
    • Write and review reports that detail investigation findings, and maintain records of evidence
    • Provide testimony as a witness in court
    • Obtain and use search and arrest warrants
    • Follow proper procedures to prepare charges or responses to charges, or information for court cases

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