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.
- Apply to be a recruit at the police academy
Apply to the police academy, and pass physical exams, drug tests and other parts of the application process to be accepted.
- Obtain degrees from higher education
Complete all required curriculum to receive a degree from an education institution higher than high school if the department requires it.
- Graduate from the police academy
Complete all coursework and training required to graduate from the police academy.
- Become a police officer, and complete the probationary period
Complete on-the-job training, time requirements and achievements to advance from the probationary period.
- Receive a promotion above officer level
Surpass your peers in performance well enough to earn a promotion to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant or captain.
- Earn a degree in criminal justice
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
Complete the detective application process for your department after receiving extensive experience and education as an officer.