The Ways of a Detective By: Victoria .H. scott

“What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.”- P.D. James. The point of a detectives existence is to protect the innocent from cruel people with dark intentions. Their job consists of researching, tracking, and piecing evidence together like a jigsaw puzzle until they all fit together to create a clearer picture. They take long periods of time and dedication in order to gather whatever information they can to prevent criminals from harming citizens.

Detective and police organizations look similar and have similar purposes, however, over time they improved and advanced with the new developing technology. Earlier when detective agencies were first invented, They did similar things differently. What I mean by this is that, for example, back then when they didn't have the same technology that we have today, they had to investigate the best they could with all the evidence they could possibly find at a crime scene like prints or trace evidence with the lack of a skilled forensics team because they didn't have the complete ability to fully analyze the evidence evidence.

The oldest privately known detective agency was created in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton, this agency was called 'Pinkerton's National Detective Agency'. The largest detective agency itself is worldwide and is connected by multiple different officers throughout the countries. Their term 'Private eye' came from their signature trademark 'we never sleep'. Many skilled Individuals originated from another detective organization which is known as Interpol or 'The International Criminal Police Organization' which was found in 1923.

Estelle Roberts, English 'psychic' detective.

Estelle Roberts was one of the many detectives that came from the international detective agency. If she was given a victim's personal object from the crime, she could picture the crime occurring in her head and sometimes even see the killers face. Another well known female detective from the Interpol agency was Anette Kerner who was also known as the "Queen of Disguise". She was referred to as this because of how well she could mask her identity to blend in with different crowds, in fact she once posed as a drug addict in order to catch a gang of opium dealers.

Different types of investigators do different things. For example Private Investigators , or PI's, will investigate anything without question, for a price. There are also many types of private detectives such as Legal, Corporate, Workman's, and Cyber PI's whom of which, all do various things. They all use similar methods of detection however.

machine and process used for chromatography.

Different types of crimes involve different methods. crimes and murders caused by poisons or gases involve systems such as chromatography and toxicology. Chromatography is when liquid substances are separated and analyzed, as toxicology is the study of poisons.

Footprint being measured to determine shoe size and type of shoe worn by a suspect/criminal.

More physical crimes can leave behind major traces of evidence like shoe/finger prints. These can possibly determine the identity of a criminal or their general appearance. Sometimes luminal tests are taken at a scene to catch any prints or substances at a crime scene that could have been missed. Luminal test's use a certain type of light to locate translucent liquids, gases, and prints that are not possibly visible to the naked eye.

Distinct and unusual tools are used by detectives in order to get what information they need. For example, tools like magnifying glasses, binoculars, camera's, and microscopes are highly used to magnify objects to find small details that could be useful, or to simply observe someone. And, strange as it is, many of the tools used by criminals are also used by detectives as well, like lock picking tools. Official lock picking tools can be used by a detective that is doing surveillance or searching for drugs, stolen items, and information about a crime.

Map boards help paint a clearer picture of a thread of crimes and help with researching.

Unlike in the movies, the process a detective has to go through is a lot longer and more agonizing than it seems. Their main responsibilities is to conduct surveillance, gather information, research, research more, and even more research, then maybe gather more information. Investigators take months maybe even years to come to an actual conclusion. After gathering what research they can from witnesses and the crime scene, they spend a considerable amount of time collecting data, information, and searching for leads, clues, false statements, important decisive factors, and background information on everything involved in the crime. This requires an extreme amount of patience, and they can do anything to a suspect until they have enough evidence to convict that suspect in a court of law.

“Pieces of jigsaw, even though they are small and different, if you rotate them in different ways, never stop trying until the end, eventually they will fit.” - Shinichi Kudo.

Investigators, though mostly hidden from public view, do the best they possibly can to protect civilians. They have to work considerably hard to do what they do while keeping a solid state of mind, and the general fact that they are able to do that is quite amazing. And though their work is no walk in the park, they still manage to get the job done and assisting in preventing crime in the streets.

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