Surveillance Investigators, also known as Security Officers, are responsible for investigating crimes and other potential risks. Their main function is to protect the general public from criminal activity by conducting surveillance and gathering information that will help in the resolution of crimes. The surveillance investigator plays an important role in maintaining the safety and security of the general public. As such, this position requires a high level of professionalism and alertness.
Surveillance investigators operate in various types of professions. In some cases they are employed by law enforcement agencies as part of the joint task force. In other cases, they are private investigation professionals. In both cases, surveillance investigators perform investigative work on behalf of law enforcement or government officials. Specific responsibilities and duties will vary, however, and there are many core responsibilities related to this occupation, such as:
Conduct Case Reviews When assigned to a case, surveillance investigators will consult the assigned case manager to explain the case of goals and specific investigation needs. From there, the private investigation professional will perform all necessary case research and document this information for the particular case. Some of the types of case research that are performed may include interview, surveillance and visits to relevant agencies. Depending on the jurisdiction, surveillance investigators may also be required to conduct interviews outside of the jurisdiction and review documents, records, and other tangible items. Reviewing of all documents is an absolute must in order to accurately assess the facts in any case.
Create Appointments As a part of their investigative function, surveillance investigators will often be required to make appointments with persons involved in an investigation. To do so, surveillance investigators will visit the office of the county clerk, circuit court house, and sometimes the offices of attorney’s offices as well. Once at these locations, the private investigator will make the required appointments and requests for information. If a surveillance investigator is successful in obtaining the desired information, the appointed individual will be informed of the results.
Provide Legal Indications To assist their clients in their efforts to locate property or individuals, surveillance investigators often provide legal advice. This legal advice may be utilized in resolving estate probate and prenuptial agreements, and in cases involving allegations of abuse or domestic violence. These legal services are provided on a “contingency basis,” which means that the surveillance investigator is not required to compensate their client for the legal advice provided.
Identify Problems Before concluding any case, surveillance investigators should identify any problems associated with an investigation. From there, they should analyze these problems and develop solutions. In many instances, a surveillance investigator may even draft a report detailing their findings and recommendations. Once an investigation ends, a private investigation report is created. A majority of investigations have been successful due to the use of a written report.
Keep In Touch With Other Investigators Working in close conjunction with one another, surveillance investigators stay in touch with other pertinent parties involved in the case. Telephone calls are made, emails are sent, and personal visits are made. The purpose behind all of these actions is to remain in contact with all parties involved. Communication is essential in this type of investigation. Additionally, all correspondence is recorded in order to allow an investigator to track any changes made throughout the investigation.
Use Of A Legal Basis When investigations require oral observations, detectives must use every legal option at their disposal. Some surveillance investigators have taken advantage of the legal rights of others by obtaining information without first having the subject’s knowledge. Specifically, the oral examination is often used to obtain information regarding a suspect’s whereabouts. Oral examinations can also be used to obtain information relating to the subjects of criminal history. While most people would consider such conduct intrusive, legal surveillance agents must follow all legal procedures to acquire information legally required.