Profession private detective

Private detectives investigate facts and circumstances relating to crimes committed in order to identify suspected offenders and obtain information not readily available or apparent concerning establishments or the circumstances and behaviour of persons, mostly in order to prevent crimes.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Enterprising
  • Conventional / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional

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Knowledge

  • Surveillance methods

    Surveillance methods used in the gathering of information and intelligence for investigation purposes.

  • Criminal law

    Th legal rules, constitutions and regulations applicable for the punishement of offenders.

  • Check methods

    Procedures used for investigative purposes such as surveillance by physical and electronic means, interrogations of witnesses, collection of objects and data for assessment and analysis and physical and electronic research for collecting data.

  • Interview techniques

    The techniques for getting information out of people by asking the right questions in the right way and to make them feel comfortable.

  • Law enforcement

    The different organisations involved in law enforcement, as well as the laws and regulations in law enforcement procedures.

  • Civil law

    The legal rules and their applications used in disputes between different parties.

Skills

  • Identify customer's needs

    Use appropriate questions and active listening in order to identify customer expectations, desires and requirements according to product and services.

  • Conduct research interview

    Use professional researching and interviewing methods and techniques to gather relevant data, facts or information, to gain new insights and to fully comprehend the message of the interviewee.

  • Document evidence

    Document all evidence found on a crime scene, during an investigation, or when presented in a hearing, in a manner compliant with regulations, to ensure that no piece of evidence is left out of the case and that records are maintained.

  • Practice vigilance

    Practice vigilance during patrol or other surveillance activities in order to ensure safety and security, to look out for suspicious behaviour or other alarming changes in patterns or activities, and to respond quickly to these changes.

  • Analyse legal evidence

    Analyse evidence, such as evidence in criminal cases, legal documentation regarding a case, or other documentation that can be regarded as evidence, in order to obtain a clear image of the case and reach resolutions.

  • Handle evidence

    Handle evidence important for a case in a manner compliant with regulations, in order to not affect the state of the evidence in question and to ensure its pristine condition and usability in the case.

  • Develop investigation strategy

    Develop strategies used in an investigation to gather information and intelligence in the most productive way, compliant with legislation, ensuring that the strategy is adapted to each individual case in order to obtain intelligence as efficiently and quickly as possible.

  • Check request legitimacy

    Examine the customer's interest in a private investigation before accepting the agreement in order to make sure the interest does not go against the law or public morals.

  • Check subjects

    Gather and check all relevant information on a person, company or other subject in the context of an investigation.

  • Provide information

    Ensure quality and correctness of provided information, depending on the type of audience and context.

  • Identify suspicious behaviour

    Rapidly spot and identify individuals or customers who behave suspiciously and keep them under close observation.

  • Manage contracts

    Negotiate the terms, conditions, costs and other specifications of a contract while making sure they comply with legal requirements and are legally enforceable. Oversee the execution of the contract, agree on and document any changes.

Optional knowledge and skills

ensure compliance with types of weapons present evidence court procedures acquire licences for the use of weapons develop criminology theories take pictures hear witness accounts ensure law application assist police investigations trace people examine crime scenes criminology liaise with security authorities

Common job titles

  • Private investigator
  • Private investigatior
  • Surveillance investigator
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  • Private investigator specialist
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  • Process server, private detective, insurance investigator
  • Surveillance investigator (insurance)