What Does a Private Detective Do?

A private detective (PI) is a person who conducts research on people and companies. In a variety of fields, PIs are used to uncover illegal activities and to determine the validity of a legal case. They may also work to find missing people and to discover information about a person’s background.

Are private investigators civilians?

Private investigators generally use a variety of tools and techniques to gather and analyze data. Some use photographic and video cameras, while others employ binoculars. Other types of devices are used, including global positioning systems. Investigators can even go undercover to gather information.

PIs typically work irregular hours. Often, they may be called in during late afternoons or early mornings. However, some work weekends and holidays. Many private detective are retired police officers or military personnel. Others have related experience in criminal justice, insurance fraud, or business practices.

Investigators are required to obtain a license before they can begin their careers. The laws of each state vary, so check with your locality. Typically, investigators must have a two-or-four-year degree in criminal justice, but many employers require more.

Depending on the area of investigation, some investigators are armed. These jobs are usually more dangerous and can be stressful. It is important to understand all of the laws in the field.

Investigators are often required to report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities. They also must follow a strict code of ethics.

To become a licensed private investigator, you must complete a course of study and pass a written exam. You must also have at least three years of professional experience.

 

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170 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
Phone: +18432121338