Dear Ms. investigator or Dear Madam investigator?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by apoziopeza, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. apoziopeza Senior Member

    slovak
    Hi,

    Please advise, how could I start a letter addressed to a female police investigator?

    Thanks,

    A.


    Context:

    Dear Ms. investigator,


    I am writing you with respect to criminal prosecution in a matter of an especially serious crime of fraud ...
     
  2. Franco-filly Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - Southern England
    I'd stick with Dear Madam, if you don't know her name.
     
  3. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    In which country is this female police investigator?

    PS:
    I am writing you with respect to criminal prosecution in a matter of an especially serious crime case of fraud ...
     
  4. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    You should address her by the name of her rank and her surname. Is "Investigator" her rank or job title? If so, you begin:
    Dear Investigator Smith:

    In the police department for which I work, police investigators have the title "Detective", and you would address an investigator that way:
    Dear Detective Jones.

    Likewise, if you are writing to any other police official, you use the appropriate rank or title with the person's last name:
    Dear Officer Green
    Dear Sergeant White
    Dear Lieutenant Blue

    and so forth.
     
  5. apoziopeza Senior Member

    slovak
    Slovak Republic

    In Slovak it literally reads: "Dear Ms. investigator, ...."
     
  6. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    Now I'm confused. Are you translating an existing document from Slovak to English? Or are do you want to write in English to a woman who actually speaks Slovak????
     
  7. apoziopeza Senior Member

    slovak
    Yes, I am translating an existing document from Slovak to English.
     
  8. By-the-sea Member

    English - Scotland
    The Slovak habit of addressing people by mundane job function (Good morning Mrs teacher/director/neighbour...) does not exist at all. In English we would address the person by their name as greenwhiteblue suggests. Otherwise it would be 'Dear Sir/Madam'. We don't make assumptions about sex according to job type so the two are required.
     
  9. Franco-filly Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - Southern England
    As the OP states that the letter is to a female investigator I would not include "Sir" [as my #2]
     

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