Private Investigation Course

18th May 2012 Private Investigation 3 Comments

Private Investigation (PI) I hear you say? No thanks, I’m a BG mate! I work in the sand not in the back bedroom but thanks for asking. Ok, so i’m being a little tongue in cheek but due to the perception of the private investigation sector it is not a totally unrealistic response for a 6 foot plus, bronzed bodyguard to make if someone was to make the outrageous suggestion that they should broaden their skill-set! You never know, one day you may wish to deploy with a clipboard and Filofax (iPad?) rather than an AK47 and your body armour so maybe, just maybe this private investigation malarky may well be worth considering.

Looking at it from a slightly different perspective…..are you currently working within the security industry and wish too add another string to your bow? Perhaps your are not yet in the industry yet see your future very much as a security industry professional? There are many disciplines within the industry and many have complimentary skills such as private investigation and surveillance and surveillance and close protection. Many, if not all, surveillance operations will involve some degree of investigation (either by you or someone else) prior to any surveillance taking place. It may be that you will have to make enquiries on behalf of your client in order to justify surveillance in the first place. It could also be the case that your investigations could reduce the need for surveillance meaning that you are doing a job for your client and being ethical at the same time but are still able to take a fee for doing so. Sometimes less really is more. Be ethical, honest and decent and clients will return to you and recommend you to their network.

Private Investigation: what is involved? 

Preliminary enquiries are not the only way that a PI can make a living though. A private investigator with the necessary skills could be asked to:

  • compile locus reports
  • serve legal papers
  • take statements
  • locate missing persons
  • find lost friends/loved ones
  • perform background checks
  • take photographs
  • conduct general enquiries

We very much see our Private Investigator course as an excellent way to further your knowledge within the industry. A large proportion of the PI course is surveillance which is why we offer the combined course at a greatly reduced rate. There is no getting away from the fact that surveillance forms a large part of many a private investigators living and as such this discipline must form part of the course. If you are a one trick pony there will be a time when your struggle for work and will have wished that you had become multi-skilled.


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  • Durham_PI

    19th May 2012 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I think far too many people within the security industry pigeon hole themselves as “Bodyguards” or “Surveillance Operators” when really, as you have said, many of the areas within the security industry overlap. Of course, you do not want to be a jack of all trades and master of none BUT there is most definitely room for people to be multi-skilled. Surely this can only be a win/win situation for the operator and also their clients?

  • Mark

    22nd May 2012 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Whether we like it or not Investigation comes hand in hand with Surveillance, conducting open source research prior to a recce or having a good understanding and keeping yourself up to speed with changes to the legislation has got to be a good thing.

    In this current climate we need many strings to our bow’s, clients want to see qualification on paper or presentations as it proves you have been proactive.

    As legislation is looming everyone who dabbles will need to be qualified, this has got to be a good thing so get ahead of the game!!

  • Logas International Security Specialists Ltd

    31st May 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Great post & feedback on this one. And as mentioned, of course these overlap. Having skills in other fields add value for (most) work within our industry.

    For example, having Surveillance knowledge and skills can be adapted into Surveillance protection. Help identify possible surveillance persons and enable you to conduct Counter Surveillance etc, etc….

    Advanced Medical skills could mean the difference between your client having a cold or fever, superficial or extreme injuries.

    MSEC training could and can be used with commercial clients on board private yachts.

    The list goes on. Adapt your skills to your current situation!

    Logas International Security Specialists Ltd

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