A private detective, a private investigator, or private investigation agent, is someone who may be hired by people, organizations or NGOs to undertake investigative activities. Private detectives usually work for lawyers in criminal and civil cases. Detectives may also be retained by businesses as an investigative personnel to undertake investigations on behalf of management. Many private detectives earn a part time or even full time salaries depending on the number of clients they conduct investigations for. Some private detectives have retired from the job due to taking other employment. Others are available to offer their services to the public on a freelance basis.
There are many types of private detectives available to offer many services to their customers. One such type is a private detective who solves computer crimes. There are many private detectives who offer Internet investigations to their customers. Internet crimes include Internet larceny, fraud, identity theft and child pornography.
There are private detectives who specialize in corporate or business surveillance. Corporate or business surveillance may involve employees stealing company property, falsifying time cards, or altering their working hours. A corporate or business investigator may work alone or as part of a team to investigate and identify the perp(s) involved in a case. The team may include one or more surveillance operatives. Investigators who specialize in business surveillance may work with accountants or other corporate personnel to gather information on employees who may be involved in embezzlement.
Private investigators may also work as a team with the help of a supervisor. One advantage of working as part of a team is that an investigator’s findings can be shared among all members of the team. Other private detectives offer clean criminal record background checks to potential clients. These investigators ensure their clients of a thorough background investigation and then only allow those with clean criminal records to hire them.
Every year, many new private detectives graduate from college and enter the professional world. The minimum education requirement to become a private detective is a high school diploma. Private detectives must also pass state tests and pass the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) exam. Private detectives may work in many different fields, including corporate surveillance, corporate crime, surveillance, litigation support, and corporate security.
A private detective’s job description may vary but usually includes the following areas of expertise. They should be familiar with the techniques and tools used by law enforcement authorities to conduct surveillance and to gather information. They should be familiar with the surveillance techniques used by private detectives for gathering intelligence on target individuals. They must be skilled in locating key witnesses and victims.
The NALI conducts training seminars to help private detectives understand the requirements of conducting investigations on missing persons. One seminar offered annually is called, “Investigations For Missing Persons – What is it Costing Private Investigators and how Do they Get It Done?” This is a good seminar to attend if you are interested in becoming a private detective. Other seminars offered are,” Investigations into missing and exploited children” and” Investigations for Adoption or Safe Situations.”
As more emphasis is placed on prevention instead of prosecution, many children who are missing out on their families will be easier to find if they have been placed in the care of a licensed private investigator. An investigator who is licensed can assist law enforcement authorities with missing persons investigations and may even be able to provide DNA evidence that would lead to recovery of the child. A private investigator who is licensed will most likely have taken a state examination and will have met other state requirements. A private detective may be required to pass examinations in criminal justice, computer science, forensics, psychology and sociology. Private detectives may be required to acquire additional certifications throughout their career.