How to Address a Detective

How to Address a Detective Lieutenant?

I need to write a thank you note to Detective Lieutenant William A. Barerra. Does the name or the title go first on the letter and envelope? Is it one of these?
—-William A. Barerra, Detective Lieutenant
—-Detective Lieutenant William A. Barerra
detectivedetective– Patty

Dear Patty:
Detectives (the investigative members of police departments) have ranks just like the military: Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain …. etc.  For example, a detective is formally addressed as  ‘Lieutenant (Name)’.

—-On an official letter use:

——–(Rank) (Full Name)
—-—-(Police Organization)

—-—-—-Which looks like:
——–—-—-Lieutenant William A. Barerra
——–—-—-Sumner County Police Department

In oral conversation detective are formally addressed by rank – but it is common practice to informally address orally as ‘Detective’ or ‘Detective (Name)’.

‘Detective’ is not used socially.  See also Police Officers.

– Robert Hickey

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