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    How long would it take to make detective in the NYPD?

    from the time you finish the academy to time of promotion to detective?

    10 years?

    Also, how do you get to detective? Is it based of promotional exam?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAmazing81 View Post
    from the time you finish the academy to time of promotion to detective?

    10 years?

    Also, how do you get to detective? Is it based of promotional exam?


    thank you
    There are two basic types of detective on the NYPD: "detective-investigators" and "detective-specialists".

    Detective-Investigators are the type most people associate with the term "detective" and are the ones most frequently portrayed on television and in the movies. Most police officers gain their detective title by working in the Narcotics Division of the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau and are then moved to the Detective Bureau. Detectives assigned to squads are co-located within each precinct and are responsible for investigating murders, rapes, robberies, burglaries and other crimes within that precinct's boundaries. Other detective-investigators are assigned to specialized units at either the major command or citywide level, investigating terrorist groups, organized crime, narcotics dealing, extortion, bias crimes, political corruption, kidnappings, major frauds or thefts committed against banks or museums, police corruption, contractor fraud and other complex, politically sensitive or high-profile cases. A squad of detective-investigators are also assigned to each of the city's five district attorney's offices.

    Promotion from Police Officer to Detective-Investigator is based on investigative experience. Typically, a Police Officer who is assigned to an investigative assignment for 18 months will be designated "Detective-Investigator" and receive the gold shield and pay increase commensurate with that designation. In the recent past, however, there has been controversy over the budget-conscious department compelling police officers to work past the 18 months without receiving the new title.

    Newly appointed detectives start at Detective Third Grade, which has a pay rate roughly between that of Police Officers and Sergeants. As they gain seniority and experience, they can be "promoted" to Detective Second-Grade, which has a pay grade slightly less than sergeants. Detective First-Grade is an elite designation for the department's most senior and experienced investigators and carries a pay grade slightly less than Lieutenants. All these promotions are discretionary on the part of the Commissioner and can be revoked if warranted. And while senior detectives can give directions to junior detectives in their own squads, not even the most senior detective can lawfully issue orders to even a junior patrol officer. All Detective grades still fall under the "chain of command" of the Supervisory ranks beginning with Sergeant through Chief of Department. Detectives, like Police Officers, are eligible to take the promotional civil service exams for entry into the Supervisory ranks.

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    enwhypeedee summed it up pretty good.
    You can get promoted to detective if you do something really brave or exceptional (like getting shot LOD).
    If you know how to kiss azz, than you can be assigned to a special detail (ex Police Commisioner/chiefs) and get promoted that route. If you possess special skills like computers, foreign language, or something really valuable, you can get detective specialist.

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    Technically speaking, a police officer is eligible to put in for a detective track assignment after they have completed 3 years of service and possess 12 or more career points. Career points are another thread all together and you dont need to worry about specifics on how on gets them, just know you get them every year.

    I honestly think a det and lt are the two most best ranks in the department.

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    if you lead an internal ticket-fixing investigation you can make a pretty good grade I hear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCTNT View Post
    Technically speaking, a police officer is eligible to put in for a detective track assignment after they have completed 3 years of service and possess 12 or more career points. Career points are another thread all together and you dont need to worry about specifics on how on gets them, just know you get them every year.

    I honestly think a det and lt are the two most best ranks in the department.
    whats a Lt. do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAmazing81 View Post
    whats a Lt. do?
    Lt = Lieutenant.

    If you have a crane in the department there are assignments that will get you a detective shield with minimum effort. I heard that the Commandant of the Police Academy's kid came onto the force and after the academy went directly to B.I. After 18 months doing that, got his/her detective shield having never set foot on the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCDep View Post
    Lt = Lieutenant.

    If you have a crane in the department there are assignments that will get you a detective shield with minimum effort. I heard that the Commandant of the Police Academy's kid came onto the force and after the academy went directly to B.I. After 18 months doing that, got his/her detective shield having never set foot on the street.
    unfortunatly ill have no hook...


    edit - did his salary jump from 40k to 100k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCDep View Post
    Lt = Lieutenant.

    If you have a crane in the department there are assignments that will get you a detective shield with minimum effort. I heard that the Commandant of the Police Academy's kid came onto the force and after the academy went directly to B.I. After 18 months doing that, got his/her detective shield having never set foot on the street.
    yes this can happen. i worked with a guy in occb (narcotics division) who came straight out the academy. he didnt work the streets at all but he is a hell of det. he got lucky with his unit. some others not so much they dying to get out. i know some other guys who went to IAB.
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    Just curious how hard is it to get into the narcotics unit in NYPD?

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    Not gonna say easy nor hard, but its not entirely difficult if your sick record is good and your activity is good, you have a good enough chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCTNT View Post
    Not gonna say easy nor hard, but its not entirely difficult if your sick record is good and your activity is good, you have a good enough chance.
    Oh okay, yeah in my department we have about 1400 sworn, its one of the hardest units to get onto. NYPD Narc, man I would love that gig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricDel View Post
    Oh okay, yeah in my department we have about 1400 sworn, its one of the hardest units to get onto. NYPD Narc, man I would love that gig.
    I'm still in the academy, but from what most instructors say it's a gig that's a lot easier to get in than it is to get out of. Again, this isn't from experience, just what I've heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricDel View Post
    Oh okay, yeah in my department we have about 1400 sworn, its one of the hardest units to get onto. NYPD Narc, man I would love that gig.
    Its a unit that just sounds good on paper, doing it... Well you will eat those words!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCTNT View Post
    Its a unit that just sounds good on paper, doing it... Well you will eat those words!
    Why is that? Most of the guys in the unit on my dept love it, although definitely long hours and hard on the family life..

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    Your dept and the nypd way of thinking is prob night and day. Its a dirty job, lots of problems and super micro managing. Its sonething that looks wonderful from the outside but its rorren inside.

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