Private investigator or professional investigation agencies are hired by attorneys, individuals or companies to perform investigations. These kinds of investigations vary as do the specialties of each investigator and agency.
Professional private investigators should be trained in the most up-to-date and proper techniques as well as being able to utilize suitable equipment, sources, contacts and skills that are needed to perform their assigned investigations with positive results. Professional investigators should be apt at surveillance, interviewing, interrogating and researching skills just to name a few. Investigators take detailed notes; have a high degree of observation and reaction skills.
The ability of a private investigator to adapt and improvise is what sets them apart. Professional investigators should be knowledgeable in the laws of their operating jurisdictions and be prepared to testify in court regarding a y of their observations on behalf of their clients. Key factors to look for when hiring a private investigator are:
- Are they licensed and insured?
- Will they provide (non-confidential) references upon request?
- Will they give you a contract stipulating what services you will be provided?
- Are they experienced and well trained?
- Do they have former law enforcement or extensive private investigation backgrounds?
- Do they answer all your questions with specific answers?
- Do they communicate well and offer to communicate frequently with you during the investigation and provide you frequent updates?
- Will they provide you with a detailed report?
- Are they members of a professional trade organization?
- Are a live investigator and not an answering service available 24 hour a day?
- Do they have the state of the art investigative equipment?
- Do they possess confidentiality and discreetness?