Detectives require strong organizational, communication and analytical skills to succeed in this profession. They must be capable of thinking critically and possess keen persuasion and perception skills.
Detectives should be familiar with computers and common software programs. They should feel confident and comfortable in social situations and be able to communicate effectively with peers, superiors and the public. Detectives must also possess good judgment and the ability to make quick decisions, especially in an emergency.
Different police departments impose varying requirements for education and experience. All police officers must graduate from their department's police academy. On-the-job training is frequently offered to prospective detectives, and most detectives are promoted from other law enforcement careers.