What Is A Private Investigator?
You've more than likely heard the term "private investigator" before, perhaps in the media or in a movie; but what exactly is one and what do they do? In this article we are going to shed some light on what is a private investigator for you.
Before hiring one or deciding to start a career as one it's worth finding out what a private investigator is: the character and personality, skills and knowledge, what they actually do and what types there are. By knowing this information you can get a clearer picture of what to look for if you want to hire one or what to expect if you want to become one.
A private investigator is: a civilian who - through professional training and experience - obtains information legitimately by observation, enquiry, careful and accurate examination in a logical manner. The information obtained is for the benefit and use of the client and which can be used to make informed decisions.
Generally, but not always, a private investigator or private detective will have a background in police, law enforcement, legal, or the military. Private investigation firms are privately owned businesses, usually employed to work for private paying clients. They are not public servants like police officers, or employed directly by the State or Government, although they do sometimes hire them.
Who Uses a Private Investigator?
Private investigators and detectives are usually hired and employed privately, offering investigative services to anyone that wants to hire them. There are no special requirements in employing their services and you will usually find they are used within these four main categories:
- Private Individuals
- Corporate and Commercial Businesses
- Lawyers and Legal Bodies
- Insurance Companies
It's a fairly simple process to retain (hire) an investigator and very worthwhile, providing you know what to look for and how to hire one. When you hire one you are hiring a professional, usually with many years of training and experience in their particular field of work.