Officially a Detective!

the_Grinchthe_Grinch Posts: 4,142Member ■■■■■■■■■■
As of yesterday I have officially become a Detective.  Took my last two tests and have completed the academy.  Tomorrow we graduate, but Wednesday was the big day.  A very long 5 months that I am glad is over, but in a small way I will miss it.  Thanks for all the support it was definitely a big help!
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  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youPosts: 2,686Mod Mod
    Congrats!!
    Never let your fear decide your fate....
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project Posts: 2,449Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Great news!   So happy for you!

  • CyberCop123CyberCop123 Senior Member Posts: 323Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    As of yesterday I have officially become a Detective.  Took my last two tests and have completed the academy.  Tomorrow we graduate, but Wednesday was the big day.  A very long 5 months that I am glad is over, but in a small way I will miss it.  Thanks for all the support it was definitely a big help!
    Congratulations!  

    I'm guessing you're US based, it's slightly different in the UK.  I'm a Detective in the UK - welcome to the club! 
    My Aims
    2017: OSCP -
    COMPLETED
    2018: CISSP -
    COMPLETED
    2019: GIAC GNFA - Advanced Network Forensics & Threat Hunting -
    COMPLETED
               GIAC GREM - Reverse Engineering of Malware -
    IN PROGRESS

    2020: MCSA, OSCE
  • PJ_SneakersPJ_Sneakers CompTIA, EC-Council, ISACA, (ISC)², Microsoft USAPosts: 879Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Congrats brother! Now go crank off a desk pop.
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Posts: 4,142Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    We joked about the desk pop during range week...thankfully one never occurred.
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  • MickyDeeMickyDee Posts: 32Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Awesome, congrats!
  • promethuschowpromethuschow Member Northern VA, NYCPosts: 188Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats!!
  • Domm362Domm362 A+, Network+ Long Island, NYPosts: 26Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Very nice, congratulations!!
    "Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners."
  • PJ_SneakersPJ_Sneakers CompTIA, EC-Council, ISACA, (ISC)², Microsoft USAPosts: 879Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Oh yeah, I forgot to say "OFFICER IT WAS HIM -->" and "I DIDN'T DO IT!!!!" oh and don't forget "YOU BETTER BEHAVE OR I'LL HAVE THIS COP ARREST YOU"

    Heh, heh.
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy SABSA, GCFA, GPEN, CISM, RHCE, Security+, Server+, CCNA Posts: 3,958Mod Mod
    Congrats Detective!!!! 
    Goal: MBA, March 2021
  • MitMMitM Posts: 581Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats!!!!
  • devilbonesdevilbones Posts: 307Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congratulations.  
  • jcundiffjcundiff Posts: 486Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congratulations!  Now you can work on being able to properly teach cell phone forensics :)
    "Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn't Work Hard" - Tim Notke
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Posts: 4,142Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    jcundiff said:
    Congratulations!  Now you can work on being able to properly teach cell phone forensics :)
    Oh heck yeah!  Hoping the academy will allow me to takeover that block!
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  • ErtazErtaz Posts: 907Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats!  Well earned.
  • TechGromitTechGromit A+, N+, GSEC, GCIH, GREM, Ontario, NY Posts: 1,888Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congratulations, correct me if I'm wrong, but you were never a patrol officer correct? You were IT support of some form before right?
    Still searching for the corner in a round room.
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Posts: 4,142Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Congratulations, correct me if I'm wrong, but you were never a patrol officer correct? You were IT support of some form before right?
    Yup no patrol background.  I was an Investigator for two years with my agency and an Investigator with another agency for three years.
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  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead CSM, ITIL x3, Teradata Assc, MS SQL Server, Project +, Server +, A+, N+, MS Project Posts: 2,449Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Congratulations, correct me if I'm wrong, but you were never a patrol officer correct? You were IT support of some form before right?
    Yup no patrol background.  I was an Investigator for two years with my agency and an Investigator with another agency for three years.
    That's really neat!  
  • rj1790rj1790 Posts: 104Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    That's awesome!!! Congrats! 
    WGU: Network Operations and Security (In progress)
    Current Certifications: A+, N+, S+, CCNA
    In Progress: CCNA Security, CCDA
  • electroniclionelectroniclion Posts: 1Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    edited December 2018
    How did you get into that type of work in the beginning? Sounds pretty cool

    congrats !!
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Posts: 4,142Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    How did you get into that type of work in the beginning? Sounds pretty cool

    congrats !!
    Thanks!  I went from the private sector to a State agency doing cybersecurity investigations and audits (regulatory in nature).  From there I assisted with a criminal investigation involving another agency and eventually they posted for an investigator.  Got hired there, did just about two years as an investigator and then applied to become a Detective.  Took about 5 years on that path ;)
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  • TheFORCETheFORCE Posts: 2,235Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    @the_Grinch congratulations man! Well done!
  • shimasenseishimasensei BSc IT, CISSP, CCNP:RS, CCNA:Sec, CCNA:RS, CCENT, Sec+, P+, A+, L+/LPIC-1, CSSS, VCA6-DCV, ITILv3:F Posts: 241Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    edited December 2018
    Congratulations detective...it sounds like a fun job!
    Current: BSc IT + CISSP, CCNP:RS, CCNA:Sec, CCNA:RS, CCENT, Sec+, P+, A+, L+/LPIC-1, CSSS, VCA6-DCV, ITILv3:F, MCSA:Win10
    Future Plans: MSc + PMP, CCIE/NPx, GIAC...
  • ps.89ps.89 Posts: 32Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    How did you get into that type of work in the beginning? Sounds pretty cool

    congrats !!
    Thanks!  I went from the private sector to a State agency doing cybersecurity investigations and audits (regulatory in nature).  From there I assisted with a criminal investigation involving another agency and eventually they posted for an investigator.  Got hired there, did just about two years as an investigator and then applied to become a Detective.  Took about 5 years on that path ;)
    Congratulations on becoming Detective!

    Could you provide some information in regards to doing cybersecurity investigations for the State? I always assumed that for the State, the titles were very generic, meaning the title "Investigator" for one State department could be completely different for another department.
    Complete: BS in Networking, CCENT
    2019 Year Goals: CCNA
    Future Goals: CCNP:Security, CISSP
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Posts: 4,142Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    So in the my department (and some other State departments) we have investigators and we have Detectives.  Investigators are sworn, but do not carry a firearm and have no powers of arrest.  Typically they will be extremely specialized so they will never be moved from the unit they are assigned to.  They basically will do just about all the same work as a Detective.

    Detectives in turn have completed the police academy, carry firearms and can make arrests.  My agency will hire off the street with just a degree to become a Detective, but typically you were law enforcement somewhere else or you have a skill they cannot get otherwise.  Detectives will typically move to various units because the investigative process is the same regardless of the unit.  

    As far as cybersecurity investigations it really depends on the agency.  In my last agency, we dealt solely in regulation and with that came cybersecurity issues (fraud, breaches, security assessments, etc).  We had a number of tools at our disposal in order to see if an event had occurred and then investigate it.  From there we could decide that no action was required, regulatory action was required or criminal action was required.  For the criminal side we would assist the agency that we passed the case to.

    For my current agency it's just about the same though the cases will typically be child **** related, though others do come in.  What I can say is that we do some pretty technical stuff that many departments could never do (due largely to our personnel and budget).  Law enforcement, at least at a state and local (for the most part) are vastly behind when it comes to technical investigations.  As it was told to me when I was in college and as I have told people ever since, you can make an IT guy into a police officer....you almost can never make a police officer into an IT guy.

    As we all know, you have to live and breathe security in order to do it properly.  Some people want to come in, work and go home.  Nothing wrong with that, but in this profession you need to be working just about 24/7.  I'm on call 24/7/365 and I field calls from agencies all over my state.  The guys in my unit joked that the call volume went down dramatically while I was in the academy for 5 months.  Everyday is different and somedays I start at one end of the state and end up on the other end.  Morning might be a drug case, homicide after lunch and then some sort of fraud before the day ends.
    WIP:
    Assembly
    Data Structures
    Javascript
    Work stuff
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