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Series 3 – Blog #13 – So how exactly does one become a Private Investigator?

What comes to mind when someone thinks about becoming a private investigator? Do you picture yourself as the next Sherlock Holmes, Magnum P.I or Remington Steele? Do you happen to possess the skills, qualities and qualifications in order to be successful in real life? If you are interested in learning more please check out https://thirdcoastpi.com/. So let’s begin!

The life of a private investigator is not all exciting action and thrills as TV would have you believe. In fact, investigators spend a lot of time tediously searching through documents, files and records to gather evidence for their cases. Besides meeting application and license requirements, private investigators or PIs’ also must undergo extensive training in order to hone their investigative skills and have extensive knowledge of rules and laws. While some investigative firms may consider applicants without a college degree, applicants with a degree in criminal justice will most likely be preferred candidates. People with experiences in law enforcement, such as policemen, can find it easier to transition to become a PI due to their knowledge and experience of the law and justice.

Some other key skills include having a curious mind, being able to analyze information effectively while being resourceful and having excellent problem-solving skills. In order to be successful a PI must always be open to learning and incorporating new skills and techniques into their craft, such as integrating new ideas and technologies in their daily work and keeping up to date on latest laws and investigative methods. PIs also need to know how to operate sensitive surveillance equipment, be ready for unpredictable situations, be vigilant, adaptable, quick on their feet and have defense skills just in case they find themselves in dangerous situations.

Another key characteristic every prospective PI must have is infinite amounts of patience because a majority of surveillance and tracking work requires sitting in one place for hours and secretly monitoring your target’s activities or just waiting for them to appear. Being able to adapt to different situations and knowing how to engage with witnesses and key informants is also a vital requirement. A PI must also have exceptional record keeping and organizational skills in order to keep detailed notes when analyzing information for a case or while presenting evidence.

What do you think is important in order to be a successful PI? Tell me your thoughts below. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the life of a private investigator since I am a licensed Private investigator and a proud member of P.A.W.L.I (Professional Association of Wisconsin Private Investigators). Wish you all the best!

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