Becoming a Private Investigator
Private investigators are professionals who investigate crimes, look up criminal records, and gather information for clients. They may also conduct research on subjects, such as social media activity and family history.
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Private investigators can be hired by anyone. The job is often stressful and dangerous, though. To work as a private investigator, you need to pass a background check, obtain a license, and follow specific guidelines. You also have to understand the laws that govern your jurisdiction. If you violate the law, you could face charges.
Several states have a licensing process for becoming a private investigator. The requirements vary by state, but most require education and training. Depending on the position, some states may only require a high school diploma, while others may need a bachelor’s degree.
Private investigators use a variety of tools to collect and analyze data, including videography, computer research, and surveillance. In some cases, they even go undercover.
Most private investigators work for individuals, companies, or law firms. Some of the most common investigations involve family law or divorce settlements. Others involve tracing absconding debtors.
The job can be rewarding, but it is also dangerous. Investigators often have to contact people outside of normal business hours. And they have to be able to communicate clearly. Depending on the situation, some investigators may have to use concealed weapons.
Many law enforcement officers, such as retired police detectives, are employed as private investigators. Other common sources of private investigators are retired military personnel.
Stillinger Investigations, Inc.
170 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401