Colorado lawmakers decide whether to require private investigators to maintain state licenses

Colorado lawmakers are hearing renewed debate over whether to join 44 other states in requiring private investigators to maintain state licenses.

~Pueblo Chiftan

Democratic Sen. Linda Newell has sponsored a measure that would mandate background checks and skills tests for people doing business as private eyes. This is the second year in a row Newell has raised such a proposal, saying the current system attracts unscrupulous investigators.

To protect consumers, the state requires plumbers, barbers and members of other trades to carry licenses, she told fellow lawmakers in a hearing last week. But “private investigation involves surveillance, investigation into people’s private lives, database searching,” she said.“If any occupation merits licensing,” Newell asked, “shouldn’t this be one?”Private detectives on both sides of the debate, meanwhile, vigorously argued their case.Opponents said state licensure wouldn’t prevent dishonesty and fraud. Instead, they said, it would cause a hassle for private eyes who had done nothing wrong. Most of the state’s private detectives, they said, are retired law enforcement officers taking cases for small amounts of money who would close shop if required to pay license fees and pass a certification test.“This cost, the rigmarole of going through it,” said Charles Evans, a private investigator from Castle Rock, is going to cause a lot of investigators “to fall out of the workforce.”Ryan Johnston, a private investigator in Denver, supports regulation. He said it’s too easy to set up a private investigation business and access databases with sensitive information, including Social Security numbers.

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Business Booms On Valentine’s Day For Private Investigators

~CBSLA.com

An Orange County private investigator says Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times of the year for his business.

“The week leading up to it and the day of we have all hands on deck, all staff working, all of our tracking devices are rented out,” Ali Ammar said. “It’s the most romantic day of the year, but unfortunately, it’s the most popular for cheating, too.”

Ammar said it’s popular because “if you have a significant other and you’re cheating at the same time, you’ve got to take care of that person you’re cheating with. You can’t leave them hanging without a gift. You don’t have to go to dinner, but you do have to buy something. You may even have to see them.”

Private investigator Justin Hodson agreed.

“Unfortunately, there’s infidelity in this world, it’s happening all the time. It just seems to happen more on Valentine’s Day,” he said.

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FBI agent works with criminal and civil attorneys conducting background and surveillance investigations

~Herald Tribune

After 25 years as an FBI special agent, Leo Martinez is opening a private investigation firm in Sarasota — Executive Assessment Group — that will work with criminal and civil attorneys and conduct background investigations and surveillance.

The transition will not be easy, says Tim O’Rourke, president of the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators.

First, there’s the competition. Nearly 7,800 private investigators work for 2,800 firms in Florida — at least 62 firms in just Sarasota. What’s more, Martinez will no longer have access to all the tools he used while with the U.S. government.

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Houston private investigators handle a wide variety of cases

including domestic issues, extortion, embezzlement and other personal or business matters. The company’s full range of cutting-edge covert surveillance and remote viewing technologies give it a significant advantage in its operations and help to ensure that the alleged perpetrator in a case will be caught in the act.

“Without the best technology available, you can only have so much success as a private investigator,” said Daniel Weiss, Managing Partner at McCann Investigations. “We are committed to providing the best possible service to our clients, and a big part of that is using all of the latest technology at our disposal to find positive outcomes in every case we take on.”

An important part of any traditional private investigation and surveillance effort is the recording gear used by the investigator. McCann’s Houston private investigations team has access to hi-tech covert recording and night-time recording equipment that help to uncover wrongdoing even when lack of visibility is an issue.

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~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

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GPS Tracking for Private Investigators Raises Concerns for Privacy

Private Investigator’s GPS Tracking Of Cheaters Raises Privacy Concerns

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Call him Cupid. He’s an undercover shooting arrows into relationships

He’s using GPS technology to catch cheaters finding love in all the wrong places.

This time he was doing it from the comfort of his officer computer, helping lovers get answers.

He does it secretly by placing a hidden GPS device on our in the unsuspecting potential cheater’s car. He wouldn’t place one while we were recording, but it’s pretty small.

It offers real-time tracking with pinpoint accuracy. There’s even a paper trail and video.

But is what he’s doing legal? He says it’s OK for married couples with joint vehicle registration.

But is it too sneaky?

“If you have to do something like that to find out what your loved one is doing, that’s not a good relationship,” said one man we spoke to.

But suspicious lovers are signing up.

“It’s kind of like fishing,” the investigator said. “When you go fishing, you want to catch fish, and this thing makes our job so much easier.”

He says his service can cost as little as a couple of hundred dollars to thousands.

He says it’s tough justifying tracking single lovers using a GPS device. To avoid legal problems in those cases, he usually does it the old-fashioned way: By using his car.

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Private Investigator Goes on Trial. But Some Say It’s a Set-Up

~SFWeekly
Officer Damon Jackson spotted Ladarius Greer in the Tenderloin, near Turk and Mason, on Oct. 9, 2009. Cops knew Greer as a member of the Western Addition Page Street Gang, and knew that there was a no-bail warrant for his arrest out of Solano County. After confirming the warrant, Jackson — a member of the San Francisco Police Department’s Gang Task Force — approached Greer, cuffed him, and drove him to police headquarters at 850 Bryant St. Greer didn’t know it then, but he was about to become a key player in an unusual battle between law enforcement and a veteran private investigator.

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Colorado bill would regulate private eyes – To protect consumers

TimesUnion

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers are hearing renewed debate over whether to join 44 other states in requiring private investigators to maintain state licenses.

Democratic Sen. Linda Newell has sponsored a measure that would mandate background checks and skills tests for people doing business as private eyes. This is the second year in a row Newell has raised such a proposal, saying the current system attracts unscrupulous investigators.

To protect consumers, the state requires plumbers, barbers and members of other trades to carry licenses, she told fellow lawmakers in a hearing last week. But “private investigation involves surveillance, investigation into people’s private lives, database searching,” she said.

“If any occupation merits licensing,” Newell asked, “shouldn’t this be one?”

Private detectives on both sides of the debate, meanwhile, vigorously argued their case.

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~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

Call today for your 100% FREE Private Investigator Consultation (970) 673-5719

* EVCO LLC, EVCO Investigations, John Morris and the author of any of our articles, posts and pages do not present any information on this website as legal advice or any other advice in particular. All postings, writings, and pages on this website are for informational use only and everyone is encouraged to always seek professional and legal advise in all matters.

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Corporate Investigations Training

How to Conduct Proper and Effective Workplace Investigations

Workplace investigations are complex affairs. They typically involve the convergence of many disciplines and an assortment of uncommon skills. More often than not, the investigator must have a comprehensive understanding of criminal, civil and employment law. They also require a considerable investment of time, money and patience from the employer or client. Then finally, to ensure success, the process must be highly structured and flawlessly executed. Even the most sophisticated organization can find the task consistently challenging. Few activities invoke so much risk and, at the same time, yield so much opportunity.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

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  • Security and loss prevention managers
  • Private investigators
  • Fraud examiners
  • Risk managers
  • HR professionals
  • Attorneys representing employers
  • Anyone having to conduct workplace investigations

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Eugene F. Ferraro, CPP, CFE, SPHR, PCI

Mr. Ferraro has been a corporate investigator and ethics officer for over 30 years. Specializing in the investigation of workplace dishonesty, fraud, violence, harassment, discrimination, employee substance abuse, and criminal activity in the workplace, he has conducted thousands of investigations for employers (public and private) throughout the World. He has been a member of ASIS International since 1987 and currently serves as the program advisor for the Professional Certified Investigator Review course. He serves as a member of the ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission and is a faculty member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is Board Certified in both, Security Management (CPP designation) and Human Resources Management (SPHR designation). He has written numerous articles on the topic of ethics, fraud and investigations for Security Management magazine and is a frequent book critic for the magazine. He is also a longtime member of the PPIAC and a former board member. Mr. Ferraro is also the author of nine books of which Investigations in the Workplace, Second Edition (2012), is his most recent. It may be found wherever quality books are sold.

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Corporate Investigations Training

 March 21, 2014, 

8:00am – 5:00pm

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~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

Call today for your 100% FREE Private Investigator Consultation (970) 673-5719

* EVCO LLC, EVCO Investigations, John Morris and the author of any of our articles, posts and pages do not present any information on this website as legal advice or any other advice in particular. All postings, writings, and pages on this website are for informational use only and everyone is encouraged to always seek professional and legal advise in all matters.

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