The Sims 4 Detective Career Guide

Detective is a career in The Sims 4 that you can obtain through an expansion pack. You will solve cases and mysteries in this career and earn lots of money. This guide will cover all the details you need about the Detective Career in Sims 4 like its skills, traits, career levels, tasks, and tips.

How to become a detective in The Sims 4?

To be a detective in The Sims 4, you’ll need The Sims 4: Get to Work expansion pack. This expansion pack will bring you three new careers in Sims 4, and Detective is one of them. Detective is a career for someone who wants to spend more time with their Sims.

Once you have selected the detective career, you will undergo two days of training to learn how to become a detective. During the first day, your Sim will discuss cases with older detectives.

This will help you learn more about evidence, witness reports and taking photos. During the second day of training, you might be sent to arrest someone. Chances are you will get your cases.

Once the two-day training is complete, your Sim will become a detective. Now the Sim can solve different cases, read reports, analyze evidence and catch the bad guys in town. The ideal mood for a detective career is focused.

Best Skills and Traits for Detectives

Some of the best detective skills and traits are given below.


The observer is an indispensable trait for a detective. This will allow you to determine other Sims traits by randomly encountering them. Once you know a Sim’s traits, it will be easier for you to guess if they are telling the truth or not.


This is a trait that will not only help you solve cases quickly, but also get promoted. If you use this trait, you can be promoted faster.


As we told you before, Focused is the perfect vibe for the detective career, and to stay focused, the genius trait is what you can have. This will help you stay focused without much effort.


Outgoing is another trait a detective should have. This trait makes it much easier for you to talk to strangers on the outside, which is necessary to investigate the case.

Detective Career Levels and Job Rankings

You will start as a Cadet in the Detective Career and progress to Chief at level 10. The 10 levels, jobs, and salaries can be seen below.

Level Use Salary
1 Cadet $180/day
2 Officer $252/day
3 Bodily $342/day
4 Detective $468/day
5 Senior detective $702/day
6 Sergeant $828/day
seven Lt. $1107/day
8 Captain $1200/day
9 Colonel $1640/day
ten Chief $2120/day

Tasks for Playing Detective in The Sims 4

Go to Patrol, Crime Scene, and APB

After picking up a case, you must first go to the crime scene and issue the APB. You can use the Crime card to do all of these tasks. Here you can also add clues and start new cases.

Talk to the boss

You can also interact with the chef by going to the friendly menu. There you will find the possibility to interact with the chef.

Analyze the evidence

You can also analyze evidence in the lab inside the station. It is inside the room to the left of the station entrance.

Collection of fingerprints, search and identity photos for suspects

You can also collect fingerprints from prisoners. To take prisoners with you, just click on them and select the option to take them. You can return them to the cell after obtaining the required information.


You can also interrogate suspects, but you must use the arrest interaction to bring your suspect to the station. After that, you can interrogate the suspect to get vital information.

Search for clues

Another task detectives must complete is to find more clues by using the Look for Clues interaction in strategic locations in the field. You will find clues like shoes, gloves, and wallets using this. You can tag and package these clues to get closer to the criminal.

The Sims 4 Detective Cheats

You can access these cheats by heading to the cheat console by pressing Ctrl+Shift+C.

If you are playing this game on Mac, you can use Command + Shift + C. For console, you can use R1 + R2 + L1 + L2. For Xbox One, you need to press all four shoulder buttons to access the cheat console.

Once the cheat console appears, type Test cheats True or Testingcheats and press Enter to enable cheats. For a quick promotion, you can type careers.promote Detective, and the detective will go to the next level. You can use this cheat until you reach the required level.

To improve some specific traits and moods required for detective career, you can use the following cheats.

  • Genius:equip_trait genius
  • Outgoing:outgoing team_trait
  • Entrepreneurship:equip_trait Entrepreneurship
  • Observer:equip_trait Observer
  • Concentrate :add_buff FocusedHigh

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