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Crime Investigator Essay

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On February 27th, 2014 I had the pleasure to interview Detective Vincent Velazquez who was referred to me by Professor Paul Guerrucci. Vincent currently works at the Atlanta Police Department located in 226 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. On the day of the interview, I was a little anxious since this was actually the first time I interview a crime investigator, however Vincent was very professional and he allowed me to record the entire conversation. I was able to ask questions about his personal life, full details of his profession, current case assignments, criminal investigation procedures and existing problems in the investigation process.
Detective Vincent was born in New York and ...view middle of the document...

He has worked as a police officer for 19 years and has been a detective for 14 years. Before he became an investigator, Vincent worked as a Delta airline aircraft mechanic for almost 5 years and before working with Delta, he served in the air force for 4 years. One of his specialties as a detective is that he is good at interviewing and talking to people. Vincent is the team leader for the Hostage Negotiation Team. He is very good at getting the information from people. Detective Velasquez has some college credits, but did not get his bachelors. He actually started to go back to school to get his undergrad degree online, but he had to stop because he got busy with work. He is planning to continue attending Southern Columbia University. Vincent first job was when he was 10 years old at a grocery store. He got paid $10 per day and he worked about 10 hours per day. He realized he wanted to become an investigator when he got out of the military.
Vincent says that crime investigation allows him to think and use his mind. He has always been interested in puzzles; he likes playing chess and mind exercises. Detective Velazquez became a police officer with the goal to become an investigator. “You got to start in the street in uniform.” (Velazquez). For Vincent, being an investigator is a very gratifying job because not only he is helping homicide victim’s families, but he is also putting criminals behind bars. A criminal investigator profession is fun, exciting and thrilling. Vincent says he looks forward to go to work every day. Vincent points out, “this job is like a game, like who is the smarter one.” Detective Velazquez wanted to work for Atlanta department not only because he was already living in Buckhead downtown, but also because Atlanta is the biggest department in the state of Georgia so he figured he would get the most experience. The pay rate as an investigator is not as good. He thinks they should at least get paid $30,000 more per year for what they do; however they make up the money with the off duty jobs.
Vincent’s work schedule depends on what he is currently working on, however typically he works Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4 pm or later depending on what he has going on. He works about 10 hours per day sometimes he starts really early in the morning or works late. After work he may work off duty jobs. He wears his police officer uniform and people pay him to do jobs like community patrol or security at a hotel. Vincent has no desire on getting promoted because he is very happy right now with his current position. However, he will retire in six years and may just get another job or just travel around.
Regarding to any recognitions and certifications, Vincent was the investigator of the week one year; he was also nominated for an award in the district attorney’s office called “victim-witness people award”, and several nominations from his department. He is a certified police officer, a hostage negotiator, and he is currently a...

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