Okay so what did I do today that might me interesting enough for people to read, not too much to be honest. At least not the start of the day, woke up at 11 and then slept a little now and then until 3 a clock. Just some sweet sleepiness today, then I had to wake up to go to practise. Practise was fun even though my knee still bothers me, afterwards the whole team went out to dinner. We wanted to have one last meal before the real pre season starts, and what a meal it was. Mongolian barbecue I do take of my hat for you. Also very happy news, they wanted to cut our hair since we are freshmen’s. But they will not, which makes me so happy. Especially since I have been thinking off growing out my hair, and then donate to cancer victims. I do not know yet, but we will see what happens.
Well I have finished my paper now, I would not say that it is my best work ever but I am still proud of it!
Intro to Communication
The career within the police force is seen as important and the people working
within it are looked at with pride by the community. A career assessment
evaluation indicated that the job most suited to my characteristics as a person
is police detective. In this paper I will evaluate what I have learned in the
intro to communication and what would apply to a career as a police detective.
My paper will conduct what is important in a career as a police detective, and
it will show what a career within the area basically is like. Throughout this
paper I will explain the police detective/officer career, the communication
skill of interviewing, and how they work together out on the field and to
finally conclude the importance of the communication skill interviewing.
Throughout the ages, our society has seen
people working in the police force as honest and hard-working, but there have
also been times were the police force has been involved in immense bribing
scandals. To become a police detective you have to start off as patrol officer
and from there on work your way up. Usually, patrol officers have to work for
two or three years just to be allowed to apply for the job as detective.
When applying for a role as detective the competition is hard. Having a college
degree, possessing a good record and having a good reputation from the past
years working, usually are imperative determinants of who gets the job. As a
detective your basic responsibilities are providing testimony in court,
securing deceased bodies, examine crime scenes, obtaining evidence from
suspects, record progress of investigation, check victims for signs of life, preparing
charges and responses from charges, obtaining facts and statements from
everybody within the investigation, prepare and serve arrest warrants, and mark
and photograph crime scenes.
As you can read, there are a lot of things that resides within the duty of a
police detective, but to simplify I would say that the role of a police
detective is to prevent and solve crimes. As the police force is government
owned, one’s employer as a police detective is the government; hence, one could
be transferred to work wherever in America and it is not unusual that this
you are working you patrol the streets, and the crime scenes as well as paper
work at the office. There is actually a lot of paper work that has to be done
when working as a police detective, a lot more than famous television shows
like CSI and Law and Order. When working as a police detective communication,
non-verbal as well as verbal, is essential. When taking testimonies from suspects
or witnesses one has to send certain signals with both non-verbal and verbal
communication. In order to establish a certain role with the person you speak
to you need to be aware of the signals you are sending, and in order to become
a successful police detective you have to be good at sending the right signals.
If you would be sending hostile signals to a witness that person is unlikely to
tell you everything they know, but if you send the correct signals they will
tell you everything they know.
Interviewing is something we all
encounter in our lives; it could be as an interviewer or an interviewee. There
are certain specifics that are acquired to make it an interview, it must have a
purpose and a goal, it must withstand of questions that becomes answered during
it, it should have a clear structure with a beginning and ending, it ought to
be controlled at all times, and the speaking time between the interviewer and
the interviewee should be balanced. When all these requirements are met, it is
considered an interview. However, there are different kinds of interviews that
can possibly be conducted, seven to be more specific. First there are
employment interviews, which are most common for anyone to participate in. An
employment interview is conducted between a potential employer and a potential
There are performance interviews that are conducted to improve the performance
of a group or an individual. During a performance interview the strength and
weaknesses of the group or the individual are discussed, and ways to improve
the performance are brought up. Performance interviews are conducted by
supervisors, advisors, employers, or a committee. There are exit interviews who
are withhold when an individual leaves a place of employment, the thought are
that the person leaving do not need to be afraid of any negative impact in the
workplace from the answers they give and will consequently be truthfully honest
about what is bad and good about the company and how they run their venture.
Another kind of interview is where someone tries to gain a specific kind of
information from someone. Most common are when a doctor asks you for your
symptoms, interviews made on TV, and questionnaires in newspapers. Also, there
are persuasive interviews which usually are made by sales men and politicians
who by asking you questions try to convince you that they are right. The last
two ones are very similar, problem solving interviews and helping interviews.
They both are conducted by people with more expertise, who is trying to help
you with a problem. They are made in all subjects where one might need help,
financial, academic, and relational for example.
When working in the police force you will conduct interviews like information
gaining the most, and exit and employee the least. During an interview no
matter what kind it is, you have to remember to establish purpose and agenda.
Make sure that the people involved know what will happen during the interview
and how it will be conducted. Within the interview there are certain ways to go
with questions and how it is structured. What kind of questions you choose
determines how the interview will be structured and how the people being interviewed
will answer. To have the ability to skillfully conduct an interview will lead
to more jobs and better establishment of relationships with interviewees and
that skill is especially important within the career as a police detective.
Within a career as a police
detective one of the more essential skills that must be obtained is
interviewing. To have the ability for conducting good interviews both as an
interviewer and an interviewee is useful in both everyday working situations,
as well as special events. In everyday situations like investigating a crime
scene and take testimonies from witnesses and suspects, the correct questions
and the right approach to the person being interviewed will essential for
obtaining correct information. In more special events like being interviewed
for a promotion or giving testimony in court will be important to be given that
promotion or to make sure that right information is presented in court. To be
given a promotion within the police force from officer to detective, you have
to be the most impressive both on paper and in person when the interview is
conducted. When the position as a detective is obtained, one of the more
important is to obtain information from suspects and witnesses, and to have the
ability to do that with perfection will lead to more accurate information about
crimes and what happened at the crime scene. Crucial for an investigator is to ask
the suspects and the witnesses the right questions at the right time, so that
they feel comfortable in giving you the answers you want. If they feel
uncomfortable in any way, they might choose to withhold information, which
could in some scenarios result in serious consequences. The results from
detectives’ interviews are a key factor in determining the detectives’ success.
Especially in cases where getting the right information from a witness leads to
the capture of a dangerous criminal, and if not obtaining that crucial
information came from the wrong questions or the wrong approach it is one’s
fault that the criminal goes loose. If that criminal is a murderer and murders
again there is no one else to blame but the detective who did not do his job
Throughout this paper I have
looked at what is important in the profession of a police detective, which
according to the career assessment evaluation is the most likely future
profession for me. I have applied what I have learned in the class intro to
communication that will be most important in the career of a police detective.
As a detective I will work on the field, investigate crime scenes, and take
testimonies from victims, suspects, and witnesses. It should be mentioned that
the future career as police detective is only possible with a start as a police
officer. Nevertheless, throughout the potential career as a police detective
the most valuable skill that I have obtained from the class intro to
communication will be interviewing, which is a skill I would be using every day
on the job. It is included in the learning about interviewing what kind of
non-verbal messages a person involved shall strive to send during an interview,
and how the interview should be structured with different kinds of questions to
obtain as much valuable information as possible. The ability to conduct perfect
interviews is the most essential skill for being a successful police detective.