How to Address a Detective

How to Address a Detective?

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)’. 

—-Envelope or address block on letter or email:

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

—-—-Dear (Rank) (Surname):
—-—-Dear Detective (Surname):

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

——–—-—-Dear Lieutenant Barerra:

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

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

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—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"