Private Investigator Course
Private Investigation course brochure
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Diploma in Private Investigation Course

The 16 Private Investigation Course Modules

1. AN INTRODUCTION TO PRIVATE INVESTIGATION

  • Introduction to private investigation
  • What is a private investigator
  • Private investigation as a career
  • The profession of a private investigator
  • The code of ethics

2. WHAT PI’S DO - PART 1

  • Introduction to investigative theory
  • Investigative methodology
  • Principles of investigative methodology

3. WHAT PI’S DO – PART 2

  • Introduction
  • The basic identifiers
  • Locating sources of information
  • Public records and semi restricted records
  • Public records Semi-restricted records

4. INTERVIEWING AND INTERROGATION

  • The basic principles of interviewing
  • Preparation
  • First contact with your interviewee
  • Your interview objectives
  • The interviewee’s attitude
  • The different types of interview
  • The art of questioning
  • Suggestions and tips
  • Dealing with deceptive responses
  • Client interviews
  • Third party interviews
  • Witness interviews
  • Expert interviews
  • Interrogation

5. NOTE TAKING AND REPORT WRITING

  • Note taking
  • Note taking guidelines and suggestions
  • Written statements
  • Report writing
  • Guidelines for good report writing

6. USING PRETEXTS

  • Illegal pretexts
  • Ask an expert
  • When a pretext can be used
  • The guidelines for using pretexts

7. INSURANCE INVESTIGATIONS

  • Insurance investigations
  • Fraudulent disability investigations
  • Motor vehicle accident investigations
  • Premise accidents investigations
  • Railroad crossing investigations
  • Suicide investigations
  • Accident reconstruction experts and basics
  • Fires and explosions
  • Forensic photography

8. CIVIL INVESTIGATIONS

  • A definition of civil law
  • Defenses against tort actions
  • An introduction to civil investigations
  • Liquor liability investigations
  • Professional malpractice investigations
  • Product liability investigations

9. CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

  • The general principles of criminal investigation
  • The burden of proof
  • Criminal defence investigations
  • The fundamental principles of evidence
  • Presumptions and the burden of proof
  • Evidence preservation and forensics
  • Undercover investigations

10. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

  • Assets background checks
  • Business partners background checks
  • Pre - employment background checks
  • Mate checks
  • Self defence background checks
  • Witnesses and jury background checks

11. FINDING MISSING PERSONS

  • The types of missing persons
  • The preliminary interview with your client
  • Finding young missing persons
  • Finding indigent and homeless missing persons
  • Finding other types of missing persons

12. COMMERCIAL THEFT INVESTIGATIONS

  • Retail theft investigations
  • The general principles of retail theft investigations
  • Classification of shoplifters
  • Recognizing a shoplifter
  • The methods of shoplifting
  • How to prevent shoplifting
  • The types of employee theft

13. DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIONS AND COURT TESTIMONY

  • Domestic investigations
  • Child custody investigations
  • Fidelity investigations
  • Court testimony

14. SURVEILLANCE

  • General surveillance principles
  • Surveillance by foot
  • A team approach to surveillance by foot
  • Fixed surveillance
  • Common carrier surveillance
  • Vehicle surveillance
  • Single vehicle surveillance
  • Moving surveillance
  • Tips for better surveillance
  • Surveillance at night
  • Two vehicle surveillance
  • Video surveillance

15. SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS

  • Types of business
  • Location
  • Investigative equipment
  • Business plan
  • Credit applications
  • Alternate financial resources
  • Estimating start up costs
  • Business operations and accounting
  • Business bank account
  • Hourly rate and investigative fees
  • Insurance requirements and bonding
  • Naming your company
  • Employees

16. MARKETING

  • Strategic marketing planning
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Personal selling
  • Tips for print media
  • Your potential market

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