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Detective vs. Inspector

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Main Difference

The main difference between Detective and Inspector is that the Detective is a investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person and Inspector is a police rank and administrative position.

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  • Detective (noun)

    A police officer who looks for evidence as part of solving a crime; an investigator.

  • Detective (noun)

    A person employed to find information not otherwise available to the public.

  • Detective (adjective)

    Employed in detecting.

  • Inspector (noun)

    A person employed to inspect something.

  • Inspector (noun)

    A police officer ranking below superintendent.

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  • Detective (adjective)

    Fitted for, or skilled in, detecting; employed in detecting crime or criminals; as, a detective officer.

  • Detective (noun)

    One who business it is so detect criminals or discover matters of secrecy.

  • Inspector (noun)

    One who inspects, views, or oversees; one to whom the supervision of any work is committed; one who makes an official view or examination, as a military or civil officer; a superintendent; a supervisor; an overseer.

  • Inspector (noun)

    A police officer, typically holding a rank one below superintendent, and in some cases in charge of several precincts; as, inspector Clousseau is investigating the case.

Webster Dictionary
  • Detective (noun)

    a police officer who investigates crimes

  • Detective (noun)

    an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public

  • Inspector (noun)

    a high ranking police officer

  • Inspector (noun)

    an investigator who observes carefully;

    "the examiner searched for clues"

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