Facts about detectives

  • In many police systems, detectives are university graduates who join directly from civilian life without first serving as uniformed office
  • Detectives may rely on a network of informants they have cultivated over the years.
  • About 21% are self-employed.
  • Much of their work is done with a computer.
  • Investigators may spend months posing as employees of a company in order to find misconduct.
  • Informally, and primarily in fiction, a detective is any licensed or unlicensed person who solves crimes, including historical crimes, or looks into records.
  • Private detectives and investigators often work irregular hours because of the need to conduct surveillance.
  • Sherlock Holmes was a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who first appeared in publication in 1887.