Nearly all large department stores and malls have store detectives. They are trained to implement store security systems and procedures to protect inventory from shoplifters among sales staff and customers.  Wearing regular clothes, they mix with shoppers and are trained to spot suspicious behavior.  But unlike police, store detectives do not make arrests but simply apprehend and detain shoplifters until the police arrive and file the necessary complaints.

Store Detective Resume Template

Peter S. Gutierrez

North Vill., New York City

Phone: 212-879-3311


A position as a store detective in a large department store chain

Summary of Qualification

  • 9 years of experience in law enforcement starting in the local police force and becoming a store detective in the last 5 years
  • Portfolio of artists available upon request or during the interview.

Career Experience/Job History

2005 – Present:  Store Detective, Macy’s

  • Supervise the in house CCTV monitoring system to capture the comings and goings of store parking lots, entranceways, checkouts, change rooms
  • Mingle with shoppers to identify potential shoplifters and surreptitiously await their action.
  • Detain suspects and turnover to police
  • Consult with store manager to decide whether or not to press charges
  • Alert police on shoplifters detained.
  • Provide evidence in court

2001 – 2006:  Police Detective, NYPD

  • Investigate open homicide and murder cases as well as unsolved theft and robbery cases as assigned


2001 – present:  In-house seminars and workshops on new recording technologies and Intellectual Property laws.

2001 – 2002:  Passed New York Police Academy

1996 – 2001: BS in Criminology (Undergraduate), Chicago State University

Professional reference will be furnished upon request