Private Investigations and Personal Security/Investigations


I was a Law Enforcement Officer for 4 years at the largest land port in the world. I am currently looking for employment within investigations. I had a background check done on me prior to becoming an officer and would like to get into that field. So, basically, background investigations is what I would like to get started in. I live in Southern Illinois and don't know where to start. Do i take classes, get certified, or what? thanks so much in advance

The best way to get into this business is by first working for an established Private Detective.  Start making contact with some of your local agencies and see if they need help and are willing to train you on even a part-time basis.  There really are no classes, etc., that will help you as much as actually doing investigations.  Also, check with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office to see what requirements they have for getting a P.I. license.  You may need to earn hours, have years of experience, take a test, etc., so that will take time.

Hope this helps!

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