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We hope this finds everyone doing well and getting ready to wrap up the summer, as families begin to send youngsters to school and oldsters to college.
CHANGE OF MAILING ADDRESS:
Last month we announced that we would have a new mailing address by this time. Please note that this is for payments and first-class mail correspondence only. Communication by voice, email and fax is preferred when possible. Our first class mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1238
Fort Collins, CO. 80522-1238
We now primarily accept and deposit all payments electronically, with your authorization.
Please contact us in advance of sending any express services or packages. We use DropBox for secure and private larger file transfers.
NEWS OF IMPORTANCE
Licensing for private investigators in Colorado is now available and effective! You can apply for your Colorado license by visiting the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) - http://www.dora.state.co.us/private-investigator/index.htm
IN THIS ISSUE
This month is packed with conferences, legislative issues, and useful tips for everyone
-- Bits and Pieces - Considerations when hiring a PI; Expertise Altruistic Reciprocity; Free international conference calling; You and traumatic brain injuries; You and cardiac events - saving a life; Emergency contact wallet card.
-- Agency News and Updates - AFI-LLC in the media for our profession; Cook County (IL) now has a new Chief Medical Examiner; State PI license reciprocity.
-- Associations and Industry News - WAD / NCISS Boston conference; NCISS watching legislative issues.
-- In the News - Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and expert witnesses; Witness interviews and work-product protection; EEOC and pre-employment criminal records; The Innocence Project; Verifying active duty military status; Article - PI licensing in Colorado.
TRAINING AND CONFERENCES
PROFESSIONAL PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO (PPIAC) ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The PPIAC annual conference will be at the Antlers Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs. The speaker lineup and schedule are finalized, with details to be posted soon (if not by the time you read this) at http://ppiac.org/training/annual-conference.
It begins on Thursday, October 18th and ends on Saturday, October 20th (1/2 day) - but for new investigators there is something special. On Wednesday, October 17th, will be a special FREE day of training exclusively for new private investigators and presented by some of the most experienced investigators from PPIAC. Complete details are at http://ppiac.org/training/annual-conference and watch for updates to the speakers, schedule and events!
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF LICENSED INVESTIGATORS (TALI) CONFERENCE
Dean recently returned from attending and speaking at this world-class conference of professional investigators attending from all over the United States and other countries. This was aptly named the 'International Conference of International Associations'!
Association leaders and members from all over attended, and leaders participated in the first round-table of association leaders, forming a charter membership with a goal of continuing to elevate the level of professionalism for all associations and members. This will be an exciting time in the history of our profession!
Dean was one of dozens of speakers and topics. He first spoke to the esteemed Texas Certified Investigators for their required continuing education, in addition to that required for their Texas private investigator license. The two-hour presentation was 'Death & Homicide Investigations' and in a one-hour expert session his presentation was 'Autopsies and Homicide Investigations'. Dean has consulted extensively as an expert on these topics. Both Dean and Karen are subject matter experts and jointly review and consult on all cases.
If you attended TALI (only if you did) - go to http://tali.DeathCaseReview.com/ and fill out the contact info. Dean will be sending extra death investigation and injury causation information. Feel free to share this with those you know that attended.
AFI-LLC - Our agency is called upon for many reasons - from investigations to consultations, and from finding the right investigator to the right expert. We have recently added to our case examples found at http://www.forensic-investigators.com/sample-cases.html.
Bits and Pieces
WHAT DOES YOUR CLIENT CONSIDER WHEN HIRING A PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATOR?
What should be considered when choosing a professional investigator? We have put together the top four considerations we have learned clients - from investigators to attorneys, from insurance companies to families - look for.
EXPERTISE ALTRUISTIC RECIPROCITY
At AFI-LLC, our agency philosophy is that 'Together We're Better'. We try to exemplify this, not for our benefit, but for the mutual benefit of our agency, friends, colleagues, and clients - often one in the same! One of our good friends, a colleague and a client is Hal Humphreys. He artfully put his thoughts on professionalism to words in an excellent blog at:
FREE CONFERENCE CALLING - INTERNATIONAL
www.FreeConferenceCall.com is now available in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK and US.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES?
As you know, Karen and I are passionate about this topic - and legal investigators see this frequently in many civil cases. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force, such as a violent blow, damages the brain. Very interesting at http://soc.li/KxiMOQU.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUDDEN CARDIAC EVENTS TO SAVE A LIFE!
Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. If you witness a person having a heart attack, what should you do? This video is worth the few minutes it takes and may save a life - even your own. One of the most important videos you should watch! http://www.heartrescuenow.com
CARRY THIS EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION CARD AND USEFUL TIPS! As residents of Colorado, we have witnessed a pretty traumatic summer - from fires and mudslides, to the tragic massacre at a movie theater in Aurora.
As former deputy coroners, we have also witnessed the pain of families when notifying them of the death of their loved ones - the most difficult and unforgettable responsibility of the job. Families are often more traumatized when there are unanswered questions and, most often, an extended period of time before they are notified. We are here to help.
There are several factors that contribute to what information is available and shared, and how soon next-of-kin can be notified. We have put several tips and links from our own experiences and other experts in one place - please share - at:
Our Expert Forensic Affiliations
We believe that medicolegal investigation and consultation is a team effort. Stephen Cina MD, Harold Schueler PhD, and our agency are affiliated as experts in our respective fields offering our clients comprehensive medicolegal services.
Contact our office to consult on medicolegal death and injury causation. The CVs of both Dr. Cina (Forensic Pathology services) and Dr. Schueler (Forensic Toxicology services) are available from by contacting us.
Dr. Cina is also the co-author of the non-fiction historical look at "When Doctors Kill" available at http://whendoctorskill.forensic-investigators.com
AFFILIATED FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST - STEPHEN J. CINA, MD - APPOINTED CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER IN COOK COUNTY (IL)
Our affiliated forensic pathologist, Stephen J. Cina, MD, has recently been appointed as the Chief Medical Examiner for Cook County, IL. Chicago alone has over 500 homicides - he will be busy.
We have known and variously trained under and worked with Dr. Cina for 10 years. This is a mutually beneficial and exciting opportunity for him and Cook County. With this new appointment he will not accept any criminal cases, and limited civil cases, from IL; but now can from FL. There are several forensic pathologists that are available through his consulting practice and IL would be appropriately referred. This will also allow us to continue with expert case consultations from IL.
We have already heard from our colleagues in the area that this is an exciting and welcome change, and improvement, to the Cook County ME system. We wish our friend Dr. Cina, and his family, well in Chicago and look forward to both our continuing relationship and visiting.
Agency News and Updates
AFI-LLC IN THE MEDIA FOR OUR PROFESSION
We just completed another radio show with Francie Koehler for her show, 'PI's Declassified'. We will also return as guests on 'Crime Time with Vito Colucci' to discuss the Aurora theater shooting tragedy. Karen was also interviewed, as the second Licensed Colorado Private Investigator in Colorado, on her views and opinions.
These and other links are on the new media page at http://www.forensic-investigators.com/afi-llc-in-media.html.
From CRC Press you can order Practical Methods for Legal Investigations at www.PracticalMethodsForLegalInvestigations.com and save 20%; discount code is 083MA
We have expanded www.PrivateInvestigations.org to include not only email and subdomains, but books and resources for investigations and business operations.
STATE PI LICENSE RECIPROCITY
We are researching all the states that have licensing and their reciprocity laws - but that is far too time consuming for my purposes. My request of a favor is hopefully simple - for any PIs from any licensed states to send me their reciprocity law. I have made it as easy as possible with a Google form (if you don't know about, or use Google forms - you must!).
Form link: http://bit.ly/Nthluu
Associations and News of Our Profession
Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (www.PPIAC.org) PPIAC Quarterly newsletter is available at http://ppiacquarterly2012-2.ppiac.net.
Also, set your calendars for October 19 & 20 at the Antlers Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs. Keep an eye on http://ppiac.org/training/annual-conference for details!
National Association of Legal Investigators (www.NALI.com)
NALI was well represented at the TALI International Conference of Investigative Associations with National Director Terry Cox, CLI and CLI Committee Chair David Luther, CLI present. Details for the Valentine Week 2013 Mid-Winter Conference in Memphis TN are being finalized. Watch www.NALI.com for upcoming details!
The current issue of NALI's official journal - The Legal Investigator - is now available online at http://www.bluetoad.com/publication?m=14458&l=1.
National Council of Investigation and Security Services (www.NCISS.org)
For NCISS members - don't forget the new benefit of special discounts at Office Depot - store, online and phone orders. The savings on toner alone for our agency pays for the NCISS dues!
There is a flurry of activity in Washington, DC and it has been keeping NCISS busy on behalf of all professional investigators and security agencies. There are so many that we have put them on a special page. Below is a list of the topics being watched. But first...
Members of NCISS receive a copy of the twice-yearly published 'The Report' in the mail. This is also posted online, feel free to share this valuable information about our profession and legislative issues with your colleagues and clients. http://www.nciss.org/documents/The_Report_Fall_2012.pdf
From Ed McClain, Chair for the NCISS Fundraising Committee - The efforts by NCISS to watch bills and activities, and lobby on behalf of our profession, is ongoing and needs your individual support. Just one or two billable hours donated will add up. It is also important that member associations support this effort - $5 or $10 per association member would be a great help. PPIAC is pleased to continue this long-standing tradition with a presentation at the annual meeting in September. Contact Dean, Region 5A Director, with any questions about donations and membership.
Are you an attorney or insurance company that uses an investigator? Your donation - and membership - will help ensure that your investigator continues to have access to the resources you need!
-- Congress to Introduce Bill Regulating Domestic Surveillance Drones - Legislation is expected to be introduced which would prevent the private use of the drone technology for surveillance purposes. Currently, FAA approved non-governmental use of drones is limited, but the GAO has testified that no federal prohibition exists for the use of model aircraft. Presently NCISS is watching this activity and bill, and will keep our members and profession advised of any progress and concerns.
-- NCISS Monitors Subcommittee Hearing on Facial Recognition - This bill concerns the use of facial recognition based on collected of images of individuals. In testimony the FBI denied using social networks, and only criminal history mugshots, as a source of these images. Data from the images allows unknown images to be processed against the database for possible matches of unknown suspects against the criminal mugshots. This is similar to modern fingerprint and DNA comparison technology. The concern is the individual's right to privacy being breached by law enforcement using personal social networks to both collect and compare images. Presently NCISS is watching this activity and bill, and will keep our members and profession advised of any progress and concerns.
-- Congressional Committee Reviews GPS Legislation - This bill directly involves cybersecurity and data security. There are concerns of privacy amendments and restricting use of pretexts. Presently NCISS is watching these bills and will keep our profession advised of any progress and concerns. Impact of Health Care Decision- A synopsis from NCISS lobbyist Larry Sabbath on the recent US Supreme Court ruling on the health care law and specifically the impact to small businesses - the core membership of NCISS.
World Association of Detectives (www.WAD.net)
The World Association of Detectives (WAD) will hold it's "87th Annual Conference" at the "Boston 2012 International Investigation and Security Professionals Symposium". At the same time NCISS will be holding it's "37th Annual Conference". This is a unique and rare opportunity for two prominent associations to gather at one location and share events. Did you know that NCISS and WAD share a common history central to the founding of NCISS? For this and complete conference details, visit the NCISS page at http://www.nciss.org/news-and-events/the-full-event.php?eid=1 or the WAD page at http://www.wad-conference.com
The latest issue of WAD's magazine, Beyond Global, is pending availability online. You can view the past issue at http://wad.net/site/dl.cgi/1340662419_17362.f_nl_pdf.pdf/wad%20beyond%20mag%20vol6.pdf. Be sure to check the WAD website for the current issue, to be posted soon.
Other Association News
(if your association has news, please send it to us for inclusion).
IN THE NEWS
News happens so fast, please visit our agency blog for daily and weekly posts on news of interest - www.MedicolegalPI.com or our business Facebook page at www.facebook.com/4N6Associates
INTERESTING ARTICLE ON PI LICENSING IN COLORADO
PI Now (www.PINow.com) has published an article written by PPIAC President Robert Orozco entitled 'The Significance of Colorado PI Licensing.' I added the most recent press release that you sent over to the end of it so that we can get some eyes on that as well. This will go out in our PI News Roundup on Thursday and we be sharing it and talking about it on social media throughout the week.
Here's the link to the article:
NEW FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE THAT APPLY TO EXPERT WITNESSES
From PI Newswire - Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was amended in 2010, and as of December 1, 2010, the changes to the rule have significantly altered the type and scope of information that can be obtained from an expert witness in the course of discovery. A number of provisions have been put into effect that limit the amount of information an expert witness must now disclose. Prior to the amendments, case law had interpreted the rules to pretty much require the expert to disclose all of his or her communications with the hiring attorney and all drafts of the expert's report. The expert's file was basically an open book, and the only way to avoid making something discoverable was to be certain no written record of the communication was created in the expert's file.
EEOC GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF CRIMINAL RECORDS BY EMPLOYERSFrom our friend and subject matter expert, Mike Coffey (Texas) - there is no new law, the EEOC's new guidance document, issued April 25th, is a primer on Title VII and disparate impact cases. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has been the law of the land since 1964. Leading court cases affecting the issues around the new EEOC guidance have been around since the 1970s.
He has done several webinars about the guidance and welcomes investigators to look at his slides and read his notes at:
http://imperativeinfo.com/2012/05/11/slides-and-notes-for-my-eeoc-guidance-webinar-now-available and continued at http://db.tt/BuA176hc
THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
As you know, our agency is involved in several death penalty cases as experts in the areas of crime scene, pattern injury analysis, injury causation, evidence, etc. We are also working pro bono for the exoneration of a person released from death row. Colorado has seen another innocent person released just released from death row. Jim Glass, an investigator for the Colorado Public Defender Office in Weld County, has shared some useful information.
There are various categories, such as eyewitness ID, confessions, etc, that are presented in video form. There is a summary of a particular case, information pertaining to suggested reform and a research for each category. The research area includes links to other sources of information: http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Getting_it_Right.php
RECORDED WITNESS INTERVIEWS ENTITLED TO WORK PRODUCT PROTECTION
Larry Troxel shared this information with the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI):
The California Supreme Court held that recordings of witness interviews conducted by investigators employed by defendant's counsel are entitled as a matter of law to at least qualified work product protection. The court also held that information responsive to the identity of witnesses from whom defendant's counsel has obtained statements, can be subject to protection if the tests for absolute privilege or qualified privilege are met. Full opinion at http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S181712.PDF
VERIFYING ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY STATUS
The question of verifying active duty military status comes up a lot, and recently did on another list, so I thought I would share this information. Go to https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/scra/scraIndex.xhtml - you need name, SSN and DOB. Your results will be in the form of a pop-up PDF that is a certified record of the DOD.
If you get a trusted certificate warning, don't worry - we have used the site for years with no issues.
Do you have a book to be reviewed or special announcement? Let us know!
If you want to send a complimentary copy, we will gladly review it for you and also provide a customized press release and distribution.
'Practical Methods for Legal Investigations' (CRC Press) Book Reviews
Scott Harrell's complete review for Pursuit Magazine
Burt Hodge's complete review for Florida Association of Licensed InvestigatorsBob Wall's complete review for Professional Private Investigators Association of CO
Don Johnson's complete review for PI Magazine
Jennifer Brown, CLI, JD, is the Editor for the quarterly newsletter of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado, writes "Awesome book, Dean. Should be required reading for investigators. It's helped me clean up some of my procedures."
The Quint-Essential Qualities of a Professional Investigator...
Skills Appropriate for the Assignment
Law firms and medical offices specialize - Professional Investigators also specialize. Their casework and continuing education should also be in your specialized areas.
Experience and Knowledge
Professional Investigators strive to maintain and further these. All professions have requirements of continuing education. The CLI program requires extensive compliance with continuing education.
Responsible and Ethical Conduct
Every component of the investigation has evidentiary considerations. Professional Investigators hold themselves to a higher standard and leaves no question as to the admissibility of their evidence. Information without ethics is not evidence.
Professional Investigators maintain communication with the attorney, client, witnesses, and other key persons in the investigation. Moreover, reports are the product of an organized investigation and should reflect the work product you expect.
Keyword - 'Professional'
Honesty, Integrity & Intelligence. These define Professional Investigators and gives you the confidence that your case is in competent and skilled hands.
In Closing...Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Tragedy
Many of use woke up the morning of July 20th to see the alarming news in Aurora - as it unfolded information changed and was being released by the hour. As investigators, we patiently wait for the facts to unfold.
Aurora is home to many friends and colleagues of AFI-LLC and is almost the back yard to many of us. It has brought back memories. We want to make sure that any person needing any kind of support and assistance has the resources needed. So far we do not personally know any directly impacted by this traumatic and deadly event. Very mixed emotions.
We offer our support and prayers to everyone involved in this horrific tragedy.
Colorado has been through a pretty traumatic summer -- let us remember each other.
At this time, about all that can be said is:
"What we have unfolding is a tragic event in which the information is fluid, facts undetermined and pieces being put together. It is irrelevant to consider uninformed opinions, or make any inferences from unverified information. The facts will present themselves in a timely fashion. Only at that time would it be appropriate to comment."
Respectfully - Dean and Karen
We are the PRIDE of Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC - Professional Reliable Investigators Defining Excellence in every assignment.
Thank You. Please contact us with any questions or for additional information on these topics and our related services.
Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI (beersda@Forensic-Investigators.com)
Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI (beersks@Forensic-Investigators.com)
Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC
Office: (970) 480-7793 (Dean x1 and Karen x2) ~ Fax: (970) 480-7794
About Dean and Karen:
Dean is a subject matter expert in the areas of death investigation and personal injury causation. He is the only Board Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) in northern Colorado, a faculty consultant and Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) and is also a certified Medicolegal Death Investigator. He continues to speak extensively on investigative techniques and principles and has authored multiple peer-reviewed white papers, and self-published "Professional Investigations: Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities" and recently published "Practical Methods for Legal Investigations" (CRC Press) He currently consults nationwide as an expert in criminal defense homicide and civil equivocal death investigations.
Karen has been a Legal Investigator and research specialist, since 1996. She has a Bachelor's in Social Work from Colorado State University (Magna Cum Laude) and in 2011 earned the designation Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI). Together they operate Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC. In addition to her skilled interactions with troubled youths, she trained and worked as a Deputy Coroner at the Larimer County Medical Examiner's Office. This background provides essential skills and knowledge in their Personal Injury, Negligence and Death investigations and consultations in Colorado and nationally. In addition, she has written for prominent professional investigation journals and was instrumental in the revisions and contributions to both agency books, as well as the co-development of "Death Investigations for Private Investigators" for PIEducation.com
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