An Investigator's Thoughts...
I was sitting at the computer and began a reflection on our chosen
profession. The following is what came to mind so I decided to share it with all.
years ago, when I first started in the PI business, there was no
licensing, no video camera's much less digital formats, no computers,
no real proprietary databases. All that we needed was a good 35mm
camera, a shingle hanging on the door,
a typewriter, an ability to search court records, and the ability to
think out the box or ahead of the target.
Then we faced licensing and we all frowned and felt that
big brother would always be
looking over our shoulder or getting our
hard earned bucks. On top of which, we started having to take 8 hours
CEH which seasoned investigators truly resented and some still do.
Today we are facing some of the toughest
legislative issues seen in the field. We are all appalled and are
working our fingers to the bones writing letters to state our need for
information and that we have earned that
right as a professional which has led me to think hard about what has
taken place over the last twenty years.
Without realizing it perhaps, those responsible
for implementing licensing had foresight of
what was to come or maybe they had other ideas in mind. But I'm
thankful, at least today, that we are licensed because there is
a great deal of discussion about PI's that
are state licensed being able to have some access that non-licensing
state PI's may not have.
Then I thought about how often we are
stating that we are professionals which led
me to consider its definition in the literal sense. Black Law's
Dictionary states a professional is someone engaged in one of the
learned professions or in an occupation
requiring a high level of training and
As we are all aware, our chosen field is becoming
extremely complex with advances in technology, using computers,
equipment and keeping up with laws. We are
truly becoming professionals whether or not we ever had that desire
And to continue the professional trend as defined we must
continue receiving a high level of training
and be able to demonstrate proficiency in services we provide.
Thus the days of hanging up a shingle and calling
oneself a PI are gone and gone
forever. I really prefer the idea of being a
professional than just a PI. I believe most of us do..the benefits are
endless and in these times of change it is now a necessity. Let's
at least consider being state licensed and
taking CEH greatly contribute to our gaining status as professionals.
Let's all continue to increase our status and put
forth the greatest effort to be
professionals, not only in our level of
training and proficiency but in our ethics and professionalism.
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