How to Become a Criminal Investigator with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Be it a murder, kidnapping, or extortion, the Criminal Investigations Section’s Major Crimes Unit of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is up to the challenge. Detectives who work as part of the Major Crimes Unit are capable of tackling the most heinous and difficult cases. Recently sheriff’s detectives worked with the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force to arrest two suspects who were wanted for murders they allegedly committed within Monroe County.

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To become a detective with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a position officially referred to as Deputy Sheriff Investigator, candidates will need to prepare themselves both physically and mentally for a challenging career.

Requirements and Preferences to Become a Criminal Investigator in Monroe County

There are four basic requirements to be appointed as a Deputy Sheriff Investigator with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office:

  • US citizen
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Monroe County resident
  • At least three years of experience as a road patrol deputy sheriff in permanent status

Road patrol is the entry-level position for new sheriff’s deputies, who will begin their careers with the sheriff’s office by serving during a probationary period. Being hired for road patrol requires meeting a specific set of qualifications.

These entry-level patrol jobs with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office are highly competitive. Applicants will join a pool of candidates with different educational backgrounds and only the most qualified will be selected. While not an explicit requirement, a college degree in any of the following majors can give candidates a competitive edge in the application process and can open up opportunities for career advancement in criminal investigations:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Science
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Police Science
  • Law

Working as a Deputy Sheriff Investigator with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

As a Deputy Sheriff Investigator, successful applicants will find themselves working with other investigators, and even with multi-agency task forces. The training these investigators receive will prepare them to carry out their essential duties:

  • Perform follow-up investigations after crime scene response
  • Interview victims and witnesses
  • Interrogate suspects according to the proper legal protocols
  • Manages evidence that will be used in court
  • Work closely with colleagues and subordinate deputies to ensure high investigative standards are adhered to

However no matter how much criminal investigator training a detective receives, there are certain cases that one can never be fully prepared to face. This is chronicled in a book written by a recently retired detective who worked in the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit. The book describes the process of building a case against and bringing justice to callous killers who have no appreciation for the sanctity of human life.

Detectives working with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit investigate:

  • Police-involved shootings
  • Sexual assaults
  • Murders
  • Suspicious deaths
  • Crimes against children
  • Confidential special investigations

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