Private Investigations and Personal Security/UK PI courses

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Hi Mr Morse,

After a long illness(since recovered), I am now considering a career as a PI, either in the UK or Austria - I'm 40. I gather that laws are similiar(?) for both countries and intend to do a long-distance course for PIs before either joining a firm or going it alone. There are 3 such courses offered by 3 schools in the UK. all 3 staffed by numerous current PIs. Here is the list of the 3 relevant websites. I did check and there are now some SIA requirements enforced by UK law which at least 2 of the 3 UK-based schools mention they include in their course. Other than that, UK laws do not seem to prevent people becoming PIs, that is, there is no US-like requirement to have been in the military or police-force etc., so my lack of experience in such fields is no bar to becoming a PI.

Anyway, I would like for you to give your verdict on the 3 following UK websites/companies re their possibilities/eventual likelihood of employment etc.:-

http://www.inst.org/pi/become.htm

http://www.pi-academy.com/

http://www.ukpin.com/training_private_investigation/index.html

There's also a US-based international PI course I might consider doing as well:-

http://www.pvteye.com/index.html


Any advice appreciated, thanks a lot!
George

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First, I am happy to learn that your are recovering from a malady, and are on your way to better health. Health is always #1 in life.

You indicate that you wish to take courses to ultimately practice in the UK or Austria. Although  headed the licensing division for the State of Florida, I am unfamiliar with the laws or licensing requirements for either location you are considering.

I would suggest you do a little research and find someone who has been licensed for a long time in the countries you are interested in, and use them as your mentor.

I would not want to give you any bad advice. I can answer your questions as they relate to the USA, but not in a foreign country.

I wish you well, and if I can assist, please just ask!

Harvey

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Private Investigator since 1970, law enforcement commander, international expert court withness, licensed instructor, photographic evidence, chain of custody, witness statements, interview procedures and questions, locating missing people, locating relatives, crime scene analysis, governmental laws and rules pertainng to private nvestigation and law enforcement, internal affairs investigations, pre- employment screening and background investigation techniques, lecturer and tv & raio personality

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