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Eight Qualities of a Good Detective

Eight Qualities of a Good Detective

  • Everett C. Babcock
    Special Agent, Oklahoma District Attorney's Office District 22
  • May 12, 2020
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm EST
Individual Fee:
  • $95.00 per registered attendee
Group Rate:
  • $95.00 for the first attendee - $50.00 per each additional attendee
Agency Pricing:
  • $995.00

Class Objectives:

1. To introduce the attendee to the qualities of a detective which produce quality investigations.

2. To introduce the attendee to what makes a “professional investigation.”

3. To motivate the attendee to always produce the best work product by showing the importance and benefits of thorough, complete and objective work product.

4. To encourage the attendee to make a self-assessment and evaluate if they are really doing all that they are capable of to better serve themselves, the public, their profession and their agency.

The class begins by introducing the attendees to the different types / assignments and responsibilities of different detectives. The class then focuses on the differences and similarities of the detective’s responsibilities as compared to the responsibilities of a patrol officer.

The class then moves into the eight qualities of a great detective or “the total package detective.” The qualities which will be discussed at length are:

1. The ability to talk to people.

2. “Next level” job knowledge.

3. Observation skills.

4. Report writing skills.

5. Attention to detail.

6. Ability to “think outside the box.”

7. Courtroom testimony skills.

8. Positive attitude and tenacity.

This class uses actual scenarios and the real experiences of Captain Babcock during his time spent in investigations as a detective, a sergeant and a captain. It is the intention of this class to not only educate the participant, but to motivate them to raise the bar on their own work product and perform with greater self-expectations.

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