Detectives and Criminal Investigators


Will "Detectives and Criminal Investigators" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is a small chance this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 28% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

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or 34% probability of automation

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by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $39.98 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 252 out of 707

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Job description

Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of Federal, State, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

SOC Code: 33-3021

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Hunter Danuk (Highly likely) says
I Believe AIs should replace Human Detectives; AIs have less flaws then humans, when the humans write the code, and there is a flaw, the AIs will patch said flaw, making itself for efficient and less likely to fail. If the failure rate was so little with AIs, they would be more likely to catch the right criminal.

AIs have more ability for thoughts, meaning they can run multiple outcomes at once to decide the best way to arrest the convict, in the least amount of time. Since AIs are supercomputers, they can expand their think far beyond the human mind, allowing for more correct convictions.

If AIs replaced detectives, we wouldn’t have to worry about paying the detectives, we already pay an IT guy so it would be easier and more affordable to call in an AI IT guy to do work, then to pay someone daily 9-5 even when they have no work to do.

AIs can render thoughts and ideas quicker than humans can think them, so if you need a crime report the AI has one completed before a human can even think of where to start, and AIs go more inadept then human, because they can store more knowledge, and retain it longer without losing fragments.

Sep 23, 2020 at 01:27 PM
kaito says
I believe that robots wont take over all jobs because robots can't do tactile perception. Another reason is that human reasoning. And the last one is control of manipulation.
Sep 09, 2020 at 11:37 PM
Walker says
No they may be good at analysing but what happens when faced in an impulse situation???

They do not have common sense and may not ever
Aug 03, 2020 at 03:35 AM
Jitespol (Highly likely) says
Artificial Intelligence is more analytical and intelligent than a human ever could be.
May 18, 2020 at 11:13 AM
RV (Small chance) says
There is very very little chance detectives can be replaced by AI. We don't know how exactly technology will advance but true detectives (in my personal opinion) are humans. But data detectives will still be created due to AI. I, as a 13 year old girl, want to be a data detective in the future and this is my dream job ever since I have read Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. So, no AI can stop me.
Apr 02, 2020 at 06:01 AM
Rachel Probert (Small chance) says
Detectives with human characteristics are always going to be needed in the workforce, as they will be working with victims of crimes, friends and family members who need human beings to walk them through certain procedures and be sensitive to their feelings, something robots cannot do.
Mar 16, 2020 at 02:04 AM
Elijah (No chance) says
Well AI will most likely assist detectives and replace some types of criminal investigators but not all of us, that can't be done because if you are a homicide detective, for example, as a homicide detective you will have to analyze the scene of the case you are working on, analyze it psychologically in order to see how you should investigate, figure out who you need to talk to, decide who are suspicious, interrogate the suspects which isn't as easy as it looks in the movies ( I've been studying criminal psychology for some time ).

The only occupations in this field that AI can replace in the future ( if the robots look human and can blend in ). The detectives who investigate cheating spouses and similar detectives are the ones who will most likely lose their jobs, homicide and organized crime detectives will never be replaced.
Feb 16, 2020 at 01:17 PM
Fred says
I do not think that cops should get replaced because what if the robots malfunction also hackers will be able to get into their programming systems.
Nov 20, 2019 at 03:07 PM
Ace (Small chance) says
I believe being a detective and criminal investigator won't be taken over by AI because I think humans are able to understand humans better and we share the same emotions, such as some people kill because of the feeling, AI wouldn't be able to feel this. But there is a chance that they will with such high tech these days it wouldn't surprise me if robots had sensors for lying, feelings, mental health, etc...
Oct 18, 2019 at 02:48 AM
Rita (Small chance) says
I think tecnology will help us, not replace us.
Jul 26, 2019 at 02:21 AM
God says
It can help us I agree but i know for a fact one day technology will go too far like starting with putting chip implants in our brain at first then trying more ways but before u know we will turn ourselfs into some robot shit
Dec 22, 2019 at 05:17 PM
God says
In Time technology will have gone too far, this will be the beginning of the end and all will be judged
Dec 22, 2019 at 05:21 PM

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