Which is better Public or Private Detectives

“Which is better Public or Private Detectives?”. Each of the types of detectives has their own set of rules and requirements. And each gives us as readers a unique perspective to the story they are participating in. Private detectives are generally self-trained, apprentice with someone who already is a private detective and has more flexibility in accomplishing their investigative goals. Depending on the type of agency the private detectives belong to there might be some limitations as to money. An independent self employed private detective usually has financial limitations unless they are independently wealthy, of course. Those employed by an agency has the financial backing of the company but may end up only doing boring routine stuff. Most private detectives do employee background checks, forensic accounting investigations, follow cheating spouses or try to find missing people after the police have given up. They are not supposed to break the law but they, generally, don’t have a lot of rules that they have to follow to get their job done. And finally, they rarely get shot at. Continue reading “Which is better Public or Private Detectives”

Real Detective Work

Real Detective work is vastly different from what is written about in books or seen in the movies. Some writers do ride-alongs with their local police or visit medical examiner’s office and some might have even gone through the police academy as a volunteer but for the most part they interview, research and read about the experience from their safe offices. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing that says you have to be an actual detective to write about a character who is one.

Detective's Badge and IDReal Detective work is vastly different from what is written about in books or seen in the movies. Some writers do ride-alongs with their local police or visit medical examiner’s office and some might have even gone through the police academy as a volunteer but for the most part they interview, research and read about the experience from their safe offices. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing that says you have to be an actual detective to write about a character who is one. But we have all heard that you should write about what you know. Can you really know what it is like to solve a crime if you haven’t done it yourself?

I guess it really depends on you, your writing style and what your readers would like to read. If you are just starting out and know that you want to write stories about being a police officer, private investigator or even and FBI agent it would be more believable if you have experienced first hand how the job is done, who they handle investigations, and even some of the perks and stresses of the jobs. Other than, spending the time actually attending a police academy and working as a police officer for a few years, would be to meet those already doing the jobs. Shadowing a public or private investigator can be fun but you will have to sign some waiver forms, be willing to obey the rules and keep out of the way should anything bad happening.
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