Private Investigations and Personal Security/schools for p i's

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Sir,
I stay in the chicago area and have a 12 year career in sercurity and asset protection but i've been out of work 2 yeares . I want to go into another part of this field as a private investigator.  Are there any schools or training grounds for people who want to enter this field especially if they arent ex policemen? thanks

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Most ex cops d not make it as PIs. There are some similarities but MANY differences. Cops who do not learn new tools fall flat on their face.

Before you go seeking a school look at the job market. Are their jobs available? What do they pay? Hourly or salary? If hourly how many hours per week? or just " as needed".

If you are thinking of being a self empoloyed private investigator check your local licensing laws before you go in search of a school. Most state licensing laws do not recognize what few schools are out there.

Your could look around at www.pimall.com for schools and training but a school is not a guarantee it will get you a job. I have not really seen any good schools for this sort of thing. There are a lot of home study courses but all they give you is an outline of the subject matter, not real "training"

You should be asking local PIs this question.  

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John M. Healy

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Licensed, bonded and insured investigator and security consultant. Retired State Police Lt. President New Hampshire League of Investigators, President New England Council of State Investigator Associations. I have over 28 yrs experience in the public and private sector. I author numerous article regarding the profession that have been re-printed in industry publications. I can answer any questions regarding professional investigate services, the role of the investigator, how to choose a professional, and other related questions.

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