The Need For Professional Training

The Need For Professional Training

Companies and agencies everywhere are conducting investigations in some form or fashion. Whether it’s a human resources manager investigating a policy violation or internal affairs investigator filing criminal charges against an employee, companies are tasking investigators with a highly specialized skill set.

Most investigators develop their careers in one of two backgrounds. Some are retired or ex-law enforcement personnel who work in other related jobs in the public or private sector. Others have solid administrative backgrounds in areas such as Human Resources or policy enforcement. These backgrounds bring their strengths and weakness to the modern investigative arena.

The employee with a law enforcement background will have likely mastered many skills that are no longer necessary when working for a private or regulatory agency. There won’t be any lights and sirens or kicking in doors. These skills, and arguably the most interesting, won’t be of much use to this person. There are, however, invaluable skills this background provides, such as interviewing techniques, investigative documentation, evidence handling, and testifying in administrative or criminal hearings.

The employee with the administrative background will likely lack these skills. But, their forte comes in understanding company policies and procedures, as well as organizational processes their investigation might target. Often, these skills are complex and tedious to the person with a law enforcement background. The reality, however, is that these skills are every bit as important in the modern investigative work environment.

This specialization creates a unique need for many investigative agencies. The most valuable and effective employees will be able to capitalize on their strengths while having the aptitude to master skills that are entirely new for them.

The modern investigator must understand laws, codes, policies, and procedures. They must know how to conduct advanced criminal and administrative investigations, understanding the differences between them. They will need to complete an effective interrogation one day and sift through contract requirements and legal stipulations on the next.

This unique requirement creates a high demand for trained investigators that private companies and public agencies need. The work is demanding and requires a hybrid skillset, and those who have it will find themselves in a career field that is interesting, rewarding, and often pays very well.

Unfortunately, most companies and agencies do not have the budget or experience to provide the needed skills that will help their investigators excel. We’ve worked with seasoned police officers who couldn’t decipher a contract and didn’t even know what questions to ask or what kinds of laws their target might have violated. We’ve also worked with excellent civilian investigators who had only conducted a handful of interviews and weren’t sure how to handle evidence or report writing that would be effective in a criminal trial.

This need, and opportunity, is where we come in. We aim to provide specific training opportunities to give our clients the best of both worlds. We take the relevant skills of our country’s top law enforcement investigators and combine them with specialized investigative skills that deal with contracts, policies, or legal codes that most law enforcement officers have never read, much less enforced.

We appreciate you visiting and look forward to many meaningful discussions that will help improve your ability to conduct fair, impartial investigations. Whether you are a front-line investigator, supervisor, manager, director, or the big boss, we have the training to make your investigative team more efficient and effective.

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