Basic Police questions for my novel please
Since I was told to forget what I saw on TV as being valid information on police work, I now know less than I thought I might. If y'all would be willing to help out with some information I'd really appreciate it.
My main character is a female--that's because I'm a female and I understand females better than males. The plan is for her to be a police detective in a fictional suburb of a larger city.
1. To whom does she report? Would her supervisor be another detctive, a police sargent or other officer?
2 Would she be most likely to specialize in one sort of crime and be only in that section, or would she most likely rotate into different sections?
3. If the crime occurs in the city in which she is employed, but she and her partner ( she would have a partner, right?) need to interview someone who lives in another jurisdiction, would they go to see that person, phone him and ask him to come in for questioning, or ask the police department for that other jurisdiction to question him? Or something else?
4. Where would she be likely to wear her gun? Would she be likely to have a second weapon concealed somewhere else, her lower leg maybe?
5. I'm guessing that detectives don't have regular hours. They would be on call 24-7 and work long hours to solve whatever cases they are working on?
6 If she had a lot of people to call, or door to door questioning to see if anyone knew anything about what had happened, would she and her partner do this themselves? If they need help with some of this due to large numbers, who would help them?
Thanks in advance. This will get me started. I've already written scenes involving these questions, but they can always be rewritten. I didn't know how much I didn't know until I tried writing about it.