Which is better Public or Private Detectives

“Which is better Public or Private Detectives?”. Each of the types of detectives has their own set of rules and requirements. And each gives us as readers a unique perspective to the story they are participating in. Private detectives are generally self-trained, apprentice with someone who already is a private detective and has more flexibility in accomplishing their investigative goals. Depending on the type of agency the private detectives belong to there might be some limitations as to money. An independent self employed private detective usually has financial limitations unless they are independently wealthy, of course. Those employed by an agency has the financial backing of the company but may end up only doing boring routine stuff. Most private detectives do employee background checks, forensic accounting investigations, follow cheating spouses or try to find missing people after the police have given up. They are not supposed to break the law but they, generally, don’t have a lot of rules that they have to follow to get their job done. And finally, they rarely get shot at. Continue reading “Which is better Public or Private Detectives”

Private Investigator Requirements

I think all of us who read and enjoyed detective fiction wonder what it would be like to be a private investigator in real life. I was researching on the web and came across this website called the Professional Investigator’s Magazine. They have a link to each state’s website that states what the requirements are to become a private investigator in that state. You may have to poke around on the sites until you find the information that you require as the editor just linked to the main page of the licensing department. Surprisingly there are a couple of states that do no have formal licensing requirements. Those states are Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, South Dakota and Wyoming. Continue reading “Private Investigator Requirements”

Georgia PI Requirements

StateofGeorgiaGeorgia PI Requirements are regulated by that states Secretary of State department and has a very informative website with information on the fees, educational requirements, applications, how to search for a qualified trainer, a sample of the required curriculum when you go for training as well as researching the current license status of all private detectives within the state. They also investigate any complaints registered against a licensed agency and/or individual. If you would like to review the information about private investigators requirements for the state of Georgia please click on this link: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/42
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Being A PI In Florida

Being a PI in Florida. If you would like to find out what the requirements are for being a private investigator in Florida you will need to check on the Florida Department of Agriculture website.

InvestigatorBeing a PI in Florida. If you would like to find out what the requirements are for being a private investigator in Florida you will need to check on the Florida Department of Agriculture website. http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Licensing/Private-Investigation Each state has their own licensing requirements and agencies that regulate them. “The private investigative industry is regulated to ensure the interests of the public are adequately served and protected.” Each should have information available online that you can read and/or download.

According to the Florida website you can qualify as a private investigator in the following ways:

An applicant for the Class “C” Private Investigator License must have TWO YEARS OF LAWFULLY GAINED, VERIFIABLE, FULL-TIME EXPERIENCE in order to qualify for the license. This experience can be acquired through a combination of actual investigative experience, college course work in a related field, or internship in accordance with the following three categories set forth in the statute:
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Real Detective Work

Real Detective work is vastly different from what is written about in books or seen in the movies. Some writers do ride-alongs with their local police or visit medical examiner’s office and some might have even gone through the police academy as a volunteer but for the most part they interview, research and read about the experience from their safe offices. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing that says you have to be an actual detective to write about a character who is one.

Detective's Badge and IDReal Detective work is vastly different from what is written about in books or seen in the movies. Some writers do ride-alongs with their local police or visit medical examiner’s office and some might have even gone through the police academy as a volunteer but for the most part they interview, research and read about the experience from their safe offices. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing that says you have to be an actual detective to write about a character who is one. But we have all heard that you should write about what you know. Can you really know what it is like to solve a crime if you haven’t done it yourself?

I guess it really depends on you, your writing style and what your readers would like to read. If you are just starting out and know that you want to write stories about being a police officer, private investigator or even and FBI agent it would be more believable if you have experienced first hand how the job is done, who they handle investigations, and even some of the perks and stresses of the jobs. Other than, spending the time actually attending a police academy and working as a police officer for a few years, would be to meet those already doing the jobs. Shadowing a public or private investigator can be fun but you will have to sign some waiver forms, be willing to obey the rules and keep out of the way should anything bad happening.
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