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What should attorneys look for when hiring their firm’s PI?

In seeking a private investigator to work with their firm, attorneys should seek an individual who has extensive experience conducting investigations for a multitude of different cases. They should hire a PI who knows the law regarding private investigations, has experience in the courtroom, is licensed by the state, utilizes state-of-the-art surveillance equipment, holds a [..]

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The Great Private Investigator

What’s the difference between a good private investigator and a great private investigator? Great private investigators have extensive experience handling a myriad of different cases. They have a background in intelligence collection, law enforcement, law, rules of evidence, security management, and surveillance, as well as the knowledge, skills, and ability to conduct accurate, ethical, methodical, [..]

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Interview and Interrogation Strategies for the Private Investigator

An interview can have either a broad scope or a narrower focus, depending on the needs of the investigation. A private investigator needs to determine the scope of the interview, to establish goals and objectives, including what information is sought, and to prepare properly in advance of the meeting. This can be achieved by reviewing [..]

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The Role of the Private Investigator in the Legal System

Private investigators play an important role in the U.S. civil and criminal justice system. The purpose of any legal investigation is to, “provide the information necessary to support or refute a claim, cause of action, or criminal prosecution” (Nemeth 6). The criminal justice system relies’ heavily on the accuracy of a private investigators findings. A state’s attorney [..]

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The Historical Growth of Private Security in the United States

The private security industry has played a significant role in U.S. history and has been expanding its national presence since the 19th century. There are several factors that have significantly contributed to this growth. Generally, the major factors in the 19th century include, “the growth of the commercial sector, the great westward expansion of America [..]

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Asking the Right Questions as a Private Investigator

Every professional investigator should be aware of the “5W/H questions” (who, what, when, where, why, and how). The “5W/H questions” provide a logical and methodical framework for an investigator to follow during an active investigation. This is extremely important considering that the questions asked during an investigation are usually what determines success or failure. Objectivity in truth seeking is [..]

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