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Considerations when hiring a Private Investigator
 
When hiring a Private Investigator I think it is important to share my thoughts and those of other professional investigators I have met and worked with.  My concern is not just for my business but for all the clients and potential clients of private investigators.  I take pride in Private Investigations as my profession and I want to continue to improve.  Satisfaction is this end of progress.
 
First, is the Investigator licensed? Bonded? Insured?  The Arizona Department of Public Safety has an great webpage on licensing issues for Private Investigators.  The link can be found on my links page.  I urge you to read this information on that site, including the complaint portions.  The site is very helpful.  You can also check on the license status of an investigator there.  Also any advertising done by a private investigator is supposed to provide their Private Investigator's License number.  You can check the status of the investigator using that number through the search option provided.  In addition to the license and bond I am required to carry by the state law, I also carry liability/errors and omissions insurance, it is not mandatory, but it is an industry standard that is required to work for major companies. 
 
Second, does the investigator have a website, resume or C.V. for you to read and check their experience and creditials?  Does the Investigator have references that you can contact?  Does the Investigator have any advertising on-line?  I urge you to read the content.  If they list any special skills or creditials, can they be verified?  Does the Investigator belong to any professional organizations or groups?  There are a variety of agencies and groups that will "certify" investigators.  Take the time to read the certification process.  I found one several years ago that would have "certified" me as a Personal Protection Specialist, and if I filled out another form and sent even more money they would have "certified" as an Excecutive Personal Protection Specialist.  In short, a certificate mill, not a true professional training agency, association or group.  Forensic Accounting, for example, is the investigator or was the investigator a CPA, just some food for thought.  Another tell tale sign of problems to come is found in some advertising, does the adversting tell you what the person has done and can do?  There are some skill that sound truly impressive but have no relevance to private investigations, like my favorite "counter-terrorism" that has become very common today.  What relevance does this have to do with working your investigation.  Don't discount your own knowledge, experience or gut instinct.

 

Third, talk with the investigator during the consultation.  Don't be cryptic.  My consultations are confidential. The consulation is for me to listen to you and to tell you what services I can provide for you. It is important for me to know as much as possible to give you an accurate estimate of costs, as well as to develop some background for this entire situation.  I do ask what my clients expectations are for my work.  I want my clients to know realistically what to expect and what I can provide.  Communication is the key to a good working relationship.  Investigators in Arizona are required to give you a report.  It can be verbal, written, video, whatever agree for the case.  Is the investigator working by themselves or with others in their agency? 

 

Fourth, discuss the money issue up front along with your expectations.  Some problems just can't be resolved no matter how much money you throw at them.  I have a couple of written agreements that I use regularly, they just depend on the case.  Get the agreement in writing.

 

Another note, you found a "big national company" on line.  You call them and they tell you they have investigators in every state and every major city and make promises.  They probably don't have the investigative staff they claim.  They have sub-contractors.  So many of these "investigative agencies" really are nothing more than middle men.  It has been our experience, these "agencies" are more interested in making money than getting you investigative results.  They look for "low bid" investigators and you get what they pay for with these agencies. You might be giving them $100 an hour, bottom line is that will ge offered to a local sub-contract at between $50 to $40 an hour.  Another note, you might even pay up front for the work with these agencies, the contractor will get paid within 30 to 90 days.  By law in Arizona, if they advertise and office in a particular city, the are required to notify the Arizona Department of Public Safety Licensing Unit and have a license issue for that particular city's office. 

 

If you have any questions, don't be afraid to contact me.  I will also tell you that most police officers have no idea about what private investigators can do, are required to do or have access too information.  I can honestly tell you that I had no clue when I was a police officer, especially now, looking back with hindsight.  I learn more about the business everyday.  I have five questions that only a truly professional investigator can answer.  I wouldn't hire anyone who can't answer them.