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1. Primary investigator of a crime scene.

2. One who acts in the absence of the detective sergeant.

3. Liaison from an investigative unit to any other unit of a law enforcement agency.

4. A Lead Detective is not "any detective" and therfore not responsible for answering phone calls addressed as such.

5. A title that may or may not provide supervisor authority, however this aspect of the title is often clouded in ambiguity and seldom easily explained.
by ln68 April 21, 2009
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