Private Investigators, The People and the profession
Usually, when private investigators are mentioned we think of a person that follows a husband
or wife whose spouse suspects there is cheating in the relationship. I want to take the time to
apprise you of the very valuable service that these unsung heroes perform. There are private
investigators that handle unfaithful spouse cases, and others specialize in criminal investigations,
civil cases, and certain specialized fields. What are some areas in the profession in which private
investigators use their skills? Computer Forensics is an area where private investigators utilize
their knowledge of computers to obtain pertinent information. Workmen’s Comp investigators
and Insurance investigators perform similar duties; however, some insurance investigators
conduct other types of investigations i.e., death investigations, auto reconstruction scenarios,
as well as fire investigations.
Civil investigations vary in scope. Divorce is civil in nature and the work involved requires patents,
creativity, and knowledge of cameras and pictures. In divorce proceedings, pictures are
oftentimes required. Additionally, there are private investigators that specialize in locating
people. This process is known as skip tracing. Missing persons and criminal investigations speak
for themselves. I find all areas of private investigation to be intriguing with criminal
investigations being in a category all of their own.
I don’t condone violence, but I do believe in fairness. It has been proven time and time again
that prosecutors and law enforcement sometimes get it wrong. It’s very rewarding when a
private investigator assists in exonerating someone wrongly accused of a crime. I’m reminded
of a case where two young men were charged with murder but had nothing to do with the
offense. They were not in the area where the crime occurred, yet they sat in jail for two years
for a crime that they did not commit. Working to get them exonerated was a very motivating
and rewarding experience.
The field of Private Investigations has evolved over the years to encompass very skilled
professionals, most are required to attend yearly, mandatory training which assists in keeping
professionals abreast of new trends in the profession. Additionally, this training greatly assists
in the continual development of the craft. If you know a Private Investigator ask him or her about
their profession. I’m sure you will hear some amazing stories. Thumbs up, like, and share.
Marvin Dixon, Founder