You will have formed your own impression of what a private investigator is – you may also believe you know what a private investigator does. Your impressions might be shaped by the TV and the media…. your image might include the private investigator as a surveillance expert or as a “sleuth”, locating information, finding clues and solving mysteries. More latterly you may have seen a lot of dramas involving forensic investigations. If you watch a lot of American TV you might think your average private eye carries a gun and is always engaged in glamorous assignments. When you are operational, I guarantee that you will tell your clients, that a lot of what they have seen private investigators do on the telly is actually fantasy.
In reality you will conduct surveillances, take routine statements, investigate low level (civil) crime and serve legal documents and the like. If you get specialised you may become expert in other skills. You will find your time as a private investigator the most stimulating, interesting and exciting time of your working life. You will need to marry any existing skills you have with the key skills that a private investigator needs to operate and prosper in today’s world.
Private investigators exist in many guises ranging from one person operators right up to international conglomerations. A distinction can be made between the local investigator conducting road traffic accident investigations, surveillances, serving documents and covering a smallish geographical area to the corporate investigator who might work as a consultant or practitioner in areas such as security, due diligence, white collar crime, investigations and missing person enquiries covering continents…
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