The prospective detective: developing the effective detective of the future

Nina J. Westera, Mark R. Kebbell, Becky Milne, Tracy Green

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0
Pages (from-to)197-209
Number of pages13
JournalPolicing and Society
Issue number2
Early online date4 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2016


  • police
  • detective
  • criminal investigation
  • performance


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