The red bulb, it's barely lit. A cigar kept alongside the desk, producing smoke in all directions. He's donning a black overcoat, and a black hat. His hands, they're busy riffling through the photographs (proofs?) he just picked up from a photo studio. He struggles hard to make out who's who in the dim light, but isn't free enough to switch on a tube light. His working desk is a junkyard of stuff he may never bring into use. His office is located in some remote area, too sequestered to be noticed. He doesn't talk to anyone. He just takes pictures. Checks out buildings. Sees that facet of everything that a layman often overlooks. Who is he? A detective, perhaps. A private detective.
Did you expect me to narrate an excerpt from a Sherlock Holmes novel? I'm apologetic for having disappointed you. But this is our conventional belief of who a private detective is. Thanks to television, books, and not to forget, mystery movies, which have christened a private detective as a stereotype of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, or Hercule Poirot. But then, we resume to the million dollar question - is what we see in movies real about private detectives? If not, what do they really do then? To get a clear understanding of a private detective job description, the following cluster of words has been put forth. Let's figure out if the private detective lore is really true or not.
Job Description of a Private Detective
Simply put, a private detective (PI) is a person who is paid for assembling facts, and separating them from fiction. He deciphers the mysteries behind financial or personal matters, identifies thefts and crimes, and carries out investigations on unlawful activities. Their job may vary from collecting clues and proofs about a cheating spouse, providing assistance in frauds, and anything that is illegal according to law.
Private detectives are licensed, and may or may not reveal their actual identity. Many ex-officers, and law enforcements take up the job of a private detective, and are hired by individuals or groups to carry out investigations. While the tradition of hiring a private detector dates back to more than a century ago, today private detectives use a variety of methods to unveil the truth. They're skilled professionals, bringing technology into use in order to recover deleted e-mails and chats, obtaining information which isn't accessible to ordinary people, acquiring past records, memberships, photographs, etc. for fulfilling their clients' requirements.
It isn't possible for a private detective to carry out examinations over all kinds of cases. In other words, it is not necessary for a cyber crime detective to know the nitty-gritty of legal cases, or vice versa. Hence, for this reason, private detectives specialize in the fields that interest them, and then deal with cases that are dedicated only to their area of specialization. One of the easiest jobs as a private detective is that of a Retail Store Detective who is responsible for safeguarding the assets of a retail store by investigating the thief who is accused of stealing things from the store. On the other hand, as a private detective, the job of Legal and Corporate Financial detective is considered as the toughest one, for they are required to conduct an investigation of the entire corporation. They are to deal with thousands of work persons, parties, and technologies. But then, as far as the private detective salary figures go, they are paid enviably for their jobs.
Requirements to Become a Private Detective
In order to become a private detective, you just need a training program for private detectives from a formal private detective training school which will provide you with disciplining in private investigation. You could also enroll yourself in an associate or bachelor's degree program in Criminal Justice. Furthermore, you need to obtain a private detective license after checking statewide license requirements. You are required to pass a criminal background check, supposed to own a firearms permit, and most importantly, required to pass with distinction in the 2-hour examination conducted by your chosen state's licensing programs. Post obtaining the license, you can either pursue a career with a private investigation company, or work independently as a PI.
It's too common for people to hire a private detective to obtain proofs against an unfaithful partner, a dishonest business associate, a missing relative, stolen or lost property, or an unexplained crime. All in all, the above discussed private detective job description must have gotten you acquainted with the different shades of a private detective, some of which you already know - thanks to the wonderfully scripted movies and TV shows, which have encouraged many wannabe spies to convert their interest into such a rewarding career. Rewarding as in? Who knows, one fine day, you might come across that stereotypical damsel in distress wanting you to keep a check on her cheating blue-blooded boyfriend? Read between the lines, read between the lines.