Tracking down the impossible
A detective is an investigator employed either with the police or works privately. The role of a detective is to unwrap the tangle that their client presents them with. In other words, to find the culprit or check on the subject that the client suspects. Detectives use techniques such as interviewing, interrogation, fingerprinting, shadowing, collecting forensic evidence, records investigation, etc.
In India, it is not necessary that a private detective should obtain a license to operate. Therefore, the profession calls for no formal education as such. However, those with a degree in any subject are eligible to take up a diploma course in criminology and forensic sciences to pursue a career as a detective. Several detective agencies also train their staff to equip them as good detectives.
A detective must be adventurous, have good observational powers, stamina and logical mindset.
The work of a detective involves:
A private detective works in tandem with the police in unwrapping complicated cases. Nowadays private detectives are engaged to verify the antecedents of a prospective groom/bride, a prospective employee, check on the fidelity of the spouse, verify documents pertaining to land dealings, etc. Detectives also offer protection services to well-known personalities.
- Investigation of persons and documents to obtain evidence;
- Surveillance of the subject;
- Examining the scene of crime;
- Questioning the witnesses and suspects;
- Help in prosecuting the culprits;
- Testify before the court of law.
Many young armed service personnel and police officials after retiring voluntarily opt for this career.
Detective Agencies providing such specialized courses are:
ACE Detectives India International Securities, 28 Vasant Apartments, Airport Road, Delhi
Lancers Network Limited, B-6/1, Commercial Center, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi – 110029.