Private detectives, a.k.a. private investigators, investigation agents or private detectives, are people who can hire private detectives to undertake investigative investigations. Private detectives can serve as private detectives, investigation agents, security consultants, corporate security officers, investigative personnel, private detectives and supervisory personnel for various organizations. Private detectives can also work as lieutenants for lawyers. There are different types of private detectives such as corporate private detectives, forensic private detectives and corporate security consultants.
Private detectives usually undertake background investigations. They can be appointed by lawyers to investigate and assess the backgrounds of their potential clients. Background investigations conducted by private detectives can help lawyers obtain the best possible legal advice for their clients. Background examinations can reveal any discrepancies in the credibility of the client’s information. The investigations also help lawyers prepare the necessary documents and arguments for their clients.
Corporate private detectives, investigative personnel, and forensic private detectives work in a number of industries. Corporate detectives can work for large corporations in many different capacities depending on their contract agreements. An investigator may be employed full-time and contracted part-time. A detective working for a corporate investigation agency may work on contract for several years. In this type of arrangement the agreement might state that the investigator is committed for a set number of years. In this type of arrangement the detective might work on contract for several years and then choose to focus on a specific company or position.
Private detectives can also work independently as private detectives. In this capacity they may conduct investigations for both the government and private parties. They are not licensed by the government to conduct criminal defense investigations. However, there are some states that allow private detectives to be licensed by the state in which they work. To become licensed private detectives must complete a high school diploma or the completion of an associate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
There are several ways that private detectives can get their start. Most of them begin by working in the local law enforcement agency. Detectives can obtain work experience by working for a single agency for several years. This experience allows them to build a portfolio that showcases their skills. As they continue to gain more work experience in the field and in turn progress toward a degree they will have the ability to apply for jobs in larger cities and larger law enforcement agencies.
Another way that private detectives may get their start is through the ranks of the National Crime Scene Exchange. The NCSE works with local law enforcement agencies to exchange training and information on the use of various technology in crime scene investigation and other major cases. Applicants must complete an on-the-job training program in which they are exposed to various technologies and methods of investigation. Applicants then must successfully complete a background check to be placed in the program.
Private detectives also may work directly with missing persons, or they may serve as guides and interview witnesses in an investigation. It may be the case that a detective has become involved in an unresolved case but he or she does not want to be involved in the actual case. In this instance he or she can choose to hire a private investigator to assist in gathering information and to interview potential witnesses. Private detectives are often able to gather information much quicker and efficiently than law enforcement personnel would be able to do. They also have the benefit of being able to use technology to aid their investigations.
Detectives are also hired to help victims of computer crimes. Computer crimes against children can range from identity theft to child pornography. A private detectives can collect digital evidence that may be needed in a court of law. He or she can also offer many services to the families of missing persons.