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    Detroit PD Promotion Opportunities

    How does one go from the rank of "Police Officer to "Investigator" in the Detroit PD?

    Does Detroit even promote to the ranks of "Investigator" anymore? The reason I ask is because I was on the the First 48 TV show website and went under the "meet the detectives" section clicked on Detroit and noticed there is 10 people ranked "Officer" and 2 ranked "Investigator" in part of the DPD Homicide Unit. It was strange to see a lot of people at the rank of "Officer" working in a homicide unit

    I'm guessing that the Detroit PD has phased out the "Investigator" rank and the "Officer" rank acts as a detective when they are working in an investigative unit?
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    The Investigator rank is being phased out. There haven't been any promotions to the rank of Investigator in about 10 years. There are still about 60 Investigators on the job, but there are no more promotions to Investigator. When promotional exams used to be given, there were two separate exams available for police officers. One was for the Investigator rank and one was for the Sergeant rank. If a police officer wanted to do nothing but detective work for the rest of their career, they would choose to take the investigator exam, which paid less than the rank of Sergeant but more than the rank of police officer. Police Officers and Sergeants have always done the same work Investigators have done, but Investigators' primary function is to conduct investigations whereas sergeants and police officers can be assigned to any function within the police department. There are rumors that there will be a "Detective" rank being re-introduced in the future. That's all they are is rumors though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB2245 View Post
    The Investigator rank is being phased out. There haven't been any promotions to the rank of Investigator in about 10 years. There are still about 60 Investigators on the job, but there are no more promotions to Investigator. When promotional exams used to be given, there were two separate exams available for police officers. One was for the Investigator rank and one was for the Sergeant rank. If a police officer wanted to do nothing but detective work for the rest of their career, they would choose to take the investigator exam, which paid less than the rank of Sergeant but more than the rank of police officer. Police Officers and Sergeants have always done the same work Investigators have done, but Investigators' primary function is to conduct investigations whereas sergeants and police officers can be assigned to any function within the police department. There are rumors that there will be a "Detective" rank being re-introduced in the future. That's all they are is rumors though.
    Thanks for the response! Isn't Sergeant more of a supervisory position?

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    Quote Originally Posted by InspectorGadget313 View Post
    Thanks for the response! Isn't Sergeant more of a supervisory position?
    Yes, Sergeants main function is a supervisory role, but they are also active in investigations in most specialized units such as Homicide, Internal Affairs and Narcotics.

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