What amount of education is need in order to become a police detective in Toronto?
- Dogpile344Lv 510 years agoFavorite Answer
Unfortunately, those links will only tell you what is needed to be hired by the TPS. However, the good news is that, in theory, no additional formal education is required to become a Detective.
First of all, there are Detective Constables and there are Detectives. If you are hired as a Cadet and progress through to First-Class Constable, at some point it would be your turn to enter the Training Programme which will include at least 6 months in the Detective Office in a police division. During this time, you would be considered to be a Detective Constable. It's not really a promotion but it does come with a slight pay increase. You work with experienced Detectives and learn from them. Along the way, you will do numerous training courses.
Once you have about 5-10 years of experience under your belt, you have a realistic chance of being promoted to Sergeant. This requires first being recommended by your Unit Commander, then writing a promotional exam and scoring high enough to make the cut to be selected for an interview. If you successfully make it through all the stages, you will be promoted to Sergeant. You will then have to do a minimum of 6 months (but more likely 1 year) in uniform before you could apply for a Detective position. This is an equivalent rank to Sergeant - just a different job function.
Some people are able to take a different route. If you have special skills or qualifications, you may be able to go into a specialized investigative unit and get your investigative experience that way. For instance, if you speak certain languages that may be needed on a project, or if you have exceptional computer skills, or accounting skills or make friends in high places, you could potentially get into a special squad and bypass the usual Training Programme.
With that said, more education is usually better, so commit to lifelong learning, even if it does not result in formal degrees or diplomas. If it looks good on a resume and would be a valuable asset to the TPS, it could be your ticket to the fast track.