Hollywood Glamour

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C. S. I Miami, C. S. I New York, C. S. I Las Vegas, Bones, 1000 ways to die, and Law and order are some of the popular television series we watch every day that puts excitement and glamour in forensic science and police investigation. But is that what’s really happening in the real world? What does it take to become an investigator?

Investigators are people who make queries to find out the truth behind a certain mystery, the commonly known investigators are that we see in crime series and they are called Detectives. A Detective is a person, who investigates crimes, can be a rank and job in a police department, state or federal employee, or a civilian called a private detective. There are those investigators who aren’t employed by the police or the government but undertake investigations as a subcontractor, they are called Private Investigators.

Private Investigators find facts and analyze information about legal, financial, and personal matters. They offer many services, including verifying people’s backgrounds, tracing missing persons, investigating computer crimes, and protecting celebrities. They work with attorneys in civil cases, a handful work with defence attorneys in criminal cases, some work in industrial companies to investigate suspicious claims but many are those who are hired by civilians to search evidence to prove adultery or to find any grounds for divorce or annulment.

Aside from attaining a college Degree and an Investigator certification one must possess the necessary skills and wits to become a successful Private Investigator. Furthermore, communication skills must be top-notch to be able to listen carefully and ask appropriate questions when interviewing a person of interest; honest to be able to gain the trust of the clients and people they interview as well as to establish credibility in a court of law; Inquisitiveness to gain answers and get the bottom of the mystery; must be equipped with problem solving skills to be able to think on their feet and make decisions based on the information at hand at any given time; and resourcefulness to be able to work persistently with whatever leads they have, no matter how limited, to determine the next step toward their goal and at times they need to figure out what the next step will be of the person of interest.

Most states license private detectives and investigators however requirements vary from state to state and because law change job seekers must verify the licensing laws with the state and locality in which they want to work.

Private Investigators learn on the job, they must learn how to gather and additional training depends on the type of firm that they’re working with. For example Corporate Investigators may receive formal training in business practices, management structure, and various finance-related topics. Computer forensics investigators need a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as computer science or criminal justice. Most of Private investigators work revolves around asking questions, paperwork but seldom of those action scenes have we seen in the television.

It really is easy to just watch detectives solving crime, our blood gets pumped up by the excitement and adventure but that’s not what happens in real life. It’s all just Hollywood glamour.


Source by Rubel Zaman

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