The Sims 4 Get to Work features the ability to play Detective. In this Active Career track, you will gradually gain more freedom to pursue solving cases and get promotions. In this guide, I'll discuss some of the activities these law enforcers can pursue while on the job, and the best methods to completing cases and locking up suspects.
How to: Detective Career Cheats
Press Control + Shift + C then type testingcheats on and press enter. You can now get promotions with careers.promote detective - you can also see all Career Cheats or visit a full list of Cheats in The Sims 4.
The Genius Trait is helpful, since it makes Sims Focused at random which may happen at a good time. So is Good, because it gives a Happy Moodlet whenever a Sim nearby is in a positive mood, and they usually are. Detectives benefit greatly from learning Sims' Traits. This means that the Observant Reward (500 Points) is super helpful to Detectives. They'll know Traits right away when meeting a Sim. Other factors for making an arrest are on you - assessing a Sim's physical appearance should they fit the bill. Take Entrepreneurial for 2,000 points whenever you have them to spare, and it will help you to get promoted much faster so long as you can meet the minimum solved case requirements.
This seems to be - aside from office chatter - the lone police task unrelated to the main crimes a Detective must solve, but is something you have to do early on to ensure a promotion. It raises performance a bit, but is overall time consuming. It's better to work on solving cases, as that ultimately determines the promotions in the Detective Career. Do this early when needed to complete the tutorial phase and unlock a promotion, then avoid it when possible. Talk to civilians but look carefully for crimes in progress in order to issue citations.