To become a police detective, become an officer, and climb the rank path of the department to earn a promotion to detective. You need to graduate from the police academy, and you need to work hard enough to receive numerous promotions.Continue Reading
Apply to the police academy, and pass physical exams, drug tests and other parts of the application process to be accepted.
Complete all required curriculum to receive a degree from an education institution higher than high school if the department requires it.
Complete all coursework and training required to graduate from the police academy.
Complete on-the-job training, time requirements and achievements to advance from the probationary period.
Surpass your peers in performance well enough to earn a promotion to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant or captain.
Earn an associate's or bachelor's degree in criminal justice during your time as an officer to further your chances of receiving a promotion.
Complete the detective application process for your department after receiving extensive experience and education as an officer.