A private investigator is a person who makes secret investigations and collects information for a person or a organization. Usually the clients are not related to the government or the police. That is why investigators can work on a variety of areas. It can be for a defense attorney, for an insurance firm and even for personal matters.
Now to become a private investigator, most importantly you require some specific personal traits. You need to be daring, persistent, with inquisitive and good reasoning skills. It would be an added advantage to be organized and have good communication skills.
Below are some of the tips that can guide you further to become a private investigator:
* First of all you need to search for the agency in your respective area that regulates private investigators. Then you need to ask them how to procure a license. This is required because in many areas, state governments had made it mandatory for those who apply for a license to work under some private detective agency or some experienced investigator. But in some areas, you just need some paperwork about your background and employment experience to get the license.
* Although no form education is required to become a private investigator, there are some subjects and areas that you should be comfortable with to become a successful private investigator. You need to study the general legal practices of your area and possess a good knowledge of civil procedure and criminal justice. You can even study on your own by researching in a library. Reading on the following areas would definitely help you in your detective profession – Rules and Regulations of Private Investigators, Burden of Proof , Prosecution and Defendant, Preponderance of evidence v. beyond a reasonable doubt, Personal Injury, Attorney Client Privilege, Preservation of Evidence, Witness testimony, Rules of Evidence, Forensic Photography etc. Also there are many private detective schools that give training and also help to get a license. But ultimately, the main factor that determines how much you excel in this field depends on your hunger to do your best and sharpen the investigative skills which you have.
* You need to be aware that private investigators are paid very irregular and sometimes can be less than what you expect. So to pursue this career, you should be prepared to live on a low income at the beginning.
* You need to be adept at using the following as the tools that you would require at every stage of your work car, fax machine, computer, a telephoto or camera lens, and a video camera. If you work in a detective agency then they would have all these. But the point is that if you possess all this beforehand, it will magnify your skill.