Detectives are private professionals hired by for individuals or federal authorities in order to get information about a specific issue or person. Their main mission is to solve crimes and finding missing people, among other tasks. They use several tools to conduct their research such as internet, surveillance videos, tapes, confidential information, records, and face-to-face interviews. At the end of their assigned cases they present a report to their clients containing a detailed information about how the investigation was developed.

They can work as freelancers; however, most of these professionals are hired by law enforcement agencies to carry out criminal investigations. It's recommendable to have a well-written Detective resume in case the organization asks you to bring one. Educational requirements for this position are: a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or political science, and some experience in the field.

According to the BLS data the average yearly salary of a detective was of $40,418 in 2009.

Tim Reed
8011 Walker Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Home: (218) 555-0229
Voice: (218) 555-6213

A position in law enforcement that will utilize my fourteen years of experience in the field.

Employment History

2002 - Present Chief of Police

Charlotte Police Department, Charlotte, NC
Introduced the use of geographic information systems into the Charlotte Police Department resulting in applications including crime analysis, community and problem-oriented policing, beat/manpower allocation, crime trend analysis, traffic enforcement and analysis, risk-focused prevention/juvenile recreation, blight eradication/housing programs and other areas.
During my tenure as Police Chief the department obtained 6 grants including North Carolina Department of Justice and Office of Traffic Safety grants to utilize GIS in both crime analysis and traffic safety.

1997 - 2002 Sergeant

Johnson Forte Law Enforcement, Los Angeles, CA
Employed under contract to the US Government and the US Air Force. Held a commission as a Special Deputy US Marshal. Duties entailed supervising a shift of armed Police Officers responsible for providing Law Enforcement, Life and Property Protection, US Customs Inspections, Vessel Boarding and Traditional Police Functions to an island clientele of 1200 persons of which 300 are military.

1995 - 1997 Assistant Regional Team Cheif

North Carolina Department of Corrections, Monroe, NC
Duties included Case Management and Supervision of Internal Affairs Investigators at 10 of 17 State Prison Units. Responsibilities included personally investigating allegations of misconduct against Unit Wardens and/or their immediate staffs.

Professional Affiliations

Area Representative, North Carolina Police Association (NCPA)
2004 - Present

Board Member, Inland Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team (IRNET)
2003 - Present

Member, FBI National Academy Associates
2003 - Present


Graduate, Office Training Program, 1995
Monroe Police Academy, Monroe, NC

B.A., Criminal Justice & Sociology, 1993
Columbia University, New York, NY

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1322 West 13th Street, Little Rock, AR
(501) 372-0551

To obtain a job position as a detective in a law enforcement agency or police department.

Summary of Qualifications
  • Problem-solving and time management skills.
  • Ability to conduct criminal investigations.
  • In-depth knowledge of local and state regulations.
  • Keen eye for research, details and interrogation.
  • Expert in homicide, violation, and narcotic cases.
Work Experience

Head of investigation department: (2007 - Present)
Arkansas Law Enforcement, Little Rock, AR.
  • Conducted criminal investigations in the Narcotics division.
  • Supervised a staff of 10 junior detectives.
  • Provided confidential information to federal authorities.
  • Assisted superiors, colleges and local authorities.
  • Managed evidence and maintained confidentiality of information provided by witnesses.
Detective : (2002-2006)
Crime Information Center, Little Rock, AR
  • Responsible for confidential data and witnesses.
  • Carried out in-depth researches and encouraged all staff to resolve crime cases.
  • Trained junior detectives in investigation techniques.

Arkansas State University, Little Rock, AR
- Bachelor of Science in Criminology (2001)

Philander Smith College at Little Rock, AR
- Associate in Criminal Justice (1999)

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