A private investigator, private detective, an investigator or investigation agent, is someone who can be employed by individuals, organizations or NGOs to undertake private investigative services. Private investigators may work for lawyers in criminal and civil cases. Many private detectives are self-employed, others are employed by larger firms. Some investigators work as freelancers, independent contractors, or part of a larger company’s investigative staff. There are also private detectives who are employed by government agencies as secret agents.
Private detectives are generally referred to as covert (not visible) agents. This is because they carry out their investigation in a covert manner, i.e., they operate within the shadow of an individual or organization and their actions are unreported or unknown to the subject. This is contrary to the traditional methods of surveillance, such as video surveillance and telephone surveillance.
Private detectives employ several methods of investigation. Their most common method of investigation is pre-employment verification. Private detectives may also use confidential sources, which require them to obtain information directly from a source which is not part of the law enforcement agency or the legal profession. They may also use undercover (also known as psychological) methods of investigation. Typical private detectives use a combination of methods in their investigations. These methods are designed to collect evidence that is not likely to be found if the subject were to conduct an investigation in the traditional, visible light.
Some of the typical activities performed by private detectives include conducting background checks, performing background checks on prospective employees, investigating missing persons, interviewing people about potential crimes, performing surveillance activities, conducting personal interviews, performing psychometry, and the use of surveillance equipment. Most private investigators perform all of these types of activities on a daily basis. As you can see, this occupation requires many different skills. In order to succeed, it is important that private detectives meet a number of specific requirements. Let’s take a look at a few of these requirements.
First, it is important that private detectives have prior experience working in the field as police officers or with other law enforcement personnel. In fact, many investigators hold a degree in law enforcement or have previous experience in various law enforcement positions. However, there are still plenty of jobs for new private detectives who lack a law enforcement background. Many private detectives work with other professionals first. They may also work with other professionals in the private security industry such as consultants.
Next, it is important that private detectives are able to conduct a thorough investigation. It is also important that they be able to gather information quickly. Some private detectives specialize in only one particular area. For example, they may only investigate insurance fraud. However, there are many investigators that can perform an investigation on a wide variety of subjects including missing persons, sex offenders, and even missing children.
The final requirement is that private detectives offer many services other than investigation. Many investigators offer a free consultation to potential clients. They may also offer a free preliminary search via the internet. This initial search allows private detectives to look at the area that the prospective client will be investigating. This will give them a good idea of what kind of information they might find if they start looking into a particular area.
Private detectives may use many different tools to gather information about people. However, many private detectives choose not to use any technology that is considered invasive. For instance, private detectives may not use e-mail to track someone. Although e-mails can be used to obtain contact information from people, it is often considered intrusive. Therefore, private detectives may use telephone diaries, prepaid cellular phones, and the internet to gather information about people.