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What are the pros and cons of being a police dectective?

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Being a detective is rewarding work, to a certain extent.  Unlike those on the beat, detectives are responsible for solving the mysteries behind serious crimes.  They need to be able to use deductive skills and interpret technological and forensic resources.  Detectives do make more than beat cops, but they also...

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have more responsibilities and more stress.  Detectives see the worst that human beings are capable of on a daily basis.  This is a job that can take a severe psychological toll.  I agree with post 4 as well.  Detectives work long hours for little respect and little pay.  They also have huge caseloads, which can also have negative psychological effects.  Sometimes it seems like sifting the ocean with a thimble.

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The people who choose to be police detectives must be willing to endure very long hours with little monetary reward. In looking at it from the outside it appears the cons would far out weigh the pros. However I am sure that many of the rewards of being a police detective are intrinsic.

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I don't know anyone in law enforcement who does it for the money.  So there is an intrinsic motivation to helping the community, and giving back to society in a way that makes it safer.  I know some police officers who simply like order, and who know how to enforce the law in such a way that order can be maintained without taking away a lot of freedoms.  They're much like our social "first responders".

But the pay does stink.  Many cops make even less than public schoolteachers.  The hours are long, and odd, and it's hard sometimes for police to maintain family relationships, or keep from bringing the difficulties of their jobs home with them at night.

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The major pro of being a police detective would be that the work would be interesting and intellectually stimulating.  Detectives are not just out there stopping people for speeding and doing things like that that would be mindless and boring.  Instead, they are having to use their brains.  They constantly have new challenges facing them so it is likely that they would not get bored by their work.

On the other hand, the responsibility and pressure would be great.  Imagine if you were responsible for finding a criminal who had killed someone's child.  You would feel so much pressure because you would want to do something to help make up for the loss of that family's child.  It would not be like being a traffic cop where there is little of that kind of pressure.

So, being a detective would be more interesting than being a regular police officer, but it would also be a job that would come with much more pressure.

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What are pros and cons for dectectives?

I will discuss police detectives.  The pros of being a detective compared to a beat cop are that it is a promotion, with more pay and prestige.  Detectives have more flexibility, and answer directly to the lieutenant.  Detectives rely on skill and investigative strategies, as well as close work with forensic technicians.  They have to be abreast of technology in all forms, including the use of the Internet for crime.  They also have to be able to use "old-school" traditional methods.  This makes detective work challenging and interesting.

The cons of detective work are the long hours and high stress of the job.  The pay is higher than beat cops, but still low considering the time and effort required.  Being a detective is trying on family members.  You can be called at any time, including from a family gathering or in the middle of the night.  It is hard for family to understand the emotional aspect of detective work.  Detectives often face psychological problems from stress and having to cope with seeing the worst of human nature.

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What are pros and cons for dectectives?

I will assume that you are asking in this question about private detectives.  However, it is not clear whether you are asking about the pros and cons of being a detective or of having detectives.  I will assume the latter.

The presence of private detectives can be a good thing.  There are many people who have problems for which they need the services of a detective but who cannot get police help because their problems are not important enough to warrant police attention.  As an example, a person whose teenaged child has gone missing may have more luck hiring a detective to help find the child than they would have if they relied on the police.

On the other hand, it is possible that private detectives constitute a threat to the general public at times.  They may act in ways that invade the privacy of members of the public.  For example, if they are trying to prove someone's spouse is cheating on them, they might try to take pictures of the private behavior of that spouse and his or her friends.

I hope this is the sort of thing you are looking for.  If not, please clarify your question.

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