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Former law enforcement agents make the best private investigators. This is because their background and experience help them to transfer readily to a job as a private investigator. A private investigator who has had a career in law enforcement has the insider knowledge and in-field experience needed to better serve their clients. Here are some reasons why.

Law Enforcement Training

Law enforcement officers work at many levels. City, county, state, and federal agencies all use law enforcement officers. While requirements vary based on the location and type, many receive an associate’s degree in criminal justice or a related field. Some officers continue their education and go on to more specialized positions such as investigator or detective.

Many skills that are utilized as a police officer are also skills necessary to be a successful private investigator. This includes skills such as interviewing, surveillance, serving warrants, detailed paperwork and testifying in court. In addition, a law enforcement officer will understand legal methods of getting information and have the physical stamina necessary for the job. Both law enforcement agents and private investigators also require good people skills. The ability to “read” people and good leadership are other qualities that a career in law enforcement provides police officers turned private investigators with.

Why Law Enforcement Agents Become Private Investigators

As a private investigator, a former law enforcement agent can use their experience and skills with greater freedoms. Granted, a private investigator still must obey the laws and maintain professionalism. However, the job gives them more freedom to go with their instincts when gathering data. Another advantage is that you have the satisfaction of helping your client directly and are able to work one on one with people.

Do Private Investigators Assist On Police Cases?

Yes, private investigators often work with police officers as well as attorneys. Police officers often have restrictions on how far they can pursue a case. Since a private investigator does not have as many legal restrictions, they may assist. In addition, they may gather information and build a case. When they have documentation showing a crime, the private investigator in turn calls in the police to assist.

Former law enforcement agents have a unique perspective and valuable experience when it comes to private investigation. At All Private Investigations, our staff is comprised of former law enforcement agents. Owned and operated by former NYPD Detective Ken Tomlinson, we have conducted over 5,000 criminal and civil investigations ranging from homicide to adultery over a twenty-five year career. We bring you a world of experience, dedication, and professionalism to handle your case. Give us a call today at 631 – 759- 1414.