This study explored the challenges to ensuring detectives are effective in the future. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with thirty experienced detectives from five different police services in Australia and New Zealand. A content analysis of the interviews identified four main challenges for the future – the retention and recruitment of detectives, the rapid growth of technology, training and on-going professional development, and accountability. The implications of these findings for having an effective and efficient detective workforce and developing practice relevant research agenda are discussed.
- criminal investigation