Police Commissioner - coordinates | the activities of | police departments | within a county. | Police Chief - coordinates the | activities of one | town's police | department --------- Captain------------ | | | | Lieutenant Detective Lieutenant "Detective" ranks are | | equivalent to their | | counterparts on the Sergeant Detective Sergeant left side of the chart. | | | | Patrolman------------------->Detective
It can take anywhere between 1-10 years to go from patrolman to detective. Detectives learn the following:
Most homicides that get solved are done so within the first 48 hours . After that, the trail generally runs cold. Throughout the investigation, the Homicide Squad from the County Prosecutor's Office lends full assistance. Especially within the first two days, detectives work around the clock to gather evidence and follow up leads. In most homicides, the victim knew the killer.
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