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Basic Private Investigation: A Guide to Business Organization, Management, and Basic Investigative Skills for the Private Investigator

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William F. Blake, M.S., CPP, CRE
Date Published
318 pages
This book provides information for private investigators on establishing a successful business.
This book is intended for use by private investigators, regardless of experience, to develop and manage a successful business. The book is a compilation of articles from a variety of authors, each with at least 10 years of experience that cover two primary areas: basic business organization and management, and basic investigative skills applicable to all levels of experience. Part I of the book contains nine chapters that cover: 1) Private Investigations as a Second Career; 2) Organizing Your Private Investigation Business; 3) Transitioning from Law Enforcement to a Career as a Private Investigator; 4) But, I'm Not Ex-Law Enforcement or Military: Can I Do This; 5) Developing Markets and Partnerships for Profits; 6) Marketing Your Business; 7) Developing a Niche Business; 8) Professionalism and Ethics - Waling in the Minefield; and 9) Financial Dispute Prevention and Resolution. Part II of the book contains 11 chapters that cover: 10) Interviews, Interpreters, and Statements; 11) Producing a Professional Report; 12) Conducting Investigations in China; 13) A Few Words About Investigations in Europe; 14) Professional Private Investigators in the Civil Justice System; 15) The Complexities of International Investigations; 16) Conducting Investigations in Japan; 17) Investigator Liability; 18) Foot and Vehicle Surveillance; 19) Effective Surveillance Techniques; and 20) Employing a Competent Subcontractor. Index