Our agency ethics are compiled from those associations we are members of, and are posted here - www.DeathCaseReview.com/ethics.html
What is often overlooked are those ethics involving our interactions with our colleagues - in our agency ethics, Section III - Colleague Relations. Paragraph 2 of this section is one most overlooked and witnessed by us, and it speaks of personal and professional honesty and integrity.
"As Professional Investigators and Expert Consultants we shall not directly or indirectly injure the professional reputation, prospects, or practice of another investigator. However, if we consider that an investigator is guilty of unethical, illegal, or unfair practice or designs, we shall present the information to the proper authority for action."
You are only as good to yourself and your clients with your honesty and integrity - your personal and professional character.
Join investigators from around the country in participating in world class training at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference held in beautiful Denver, Colorado, September 14-16.
Register now and make your reservations to be part of this world class training event!
Pre-Conference: Brandon Perron - Forensic Interviewing: FTER Certification Class
-- Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to receive certification in forensic testimonial evidence recovery!
Speakers and Topics:
- Ethics in a Changing World - Kitty Hailey
- Junk Science: What attorneys should know about forensic science - Mark Gillespie
- Beyond the CSI Effect: Considering Essential Criteria for - Addressing Forensic Evidence in Today's Media-Affected Legal System - Jeff Boxer
- Cultural Considerations to Russian Investigations - Anastasiya Bolton
- Private Investigators & The Dirty Little Secret of Sub-Contracting: Insurance Fraud Investigations - Richard Brooks
- Ethics for Investigators - JP Moore
- Unlocked Doors and Digital Footprints - Andy Kindred
- Diagnostic & Prescriptive Approach to Judgement Enforcement - Joe Dickerson
Continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/update-2017-rocky-mountain-private-investigators-conference"
-- Ethics Among Colleagues
-- Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference
-- Latest book available... "Investigating Death and Serious Bodily Injuries"
-- Commentary from the blog archives of AFI-LLC
- Referral Program from AFI-LLC to Investigators - launched!
- New service - Equivocal Death Analysis - Flat
- What is the value of hiring a PI for background checks and investigations
- What are Equivocal Death Investigations and Equivocal Death Analysis?
-- Time is money!
-- Global Investigators Media Group (GIMG.tv) Facts & Forensics
-- Expert Affiliations
-- Tidbits From Our Profession
-- Associations and News
-- News From Our Profession
- Every Mother's Baby
- How Concealing Key Evidence Convicts the Innocent
- When a Client Asks a Private Investigator to Do Something Illegal
-- Legislative News You Can Use... from NCISS
-- The Quint-Essential Qualities of a Professional Investigator
-- In Closing
-- AND MORE!
Together We're Better - Together We Make the Difference!
We provide Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injury, Negligence & Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation. We are Subject Matter Experts in Equivocal Death Investigation and Analysis, Medicolegal Investigations of Death and Serious Bodily Injury.
Based in the Rocky Mountain West, we provide expert consultations nationally. Learn details at www.DeathCaseReview.com
Here is a video explaining what we do and why - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgsvtbSk8fg
"Investigating Death and Serious Bodily Injuries"
FALI is offering, for a limited time, our Investigating Death & Serious Bodily Injuries book, "Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator," by Dean & Karen Beers.
These are for a limited time! The guide is under revision and will be released this summer for $95 - save 1/3 off the price now at just $70, including shipping with 50% net proceeds going to FALI!
The manual is over 200 pages and begins with the core of the Beers's distance learning course manual. It includes over 20 additional forensic, death and serious bodily injury based articles.
Keep up with the current events of our agency and profession through our blog. Dating back to the fall of 2011, there are dozens of articles, tips and resources for professional investigators.
Referral Program from AFI-LLC to Investigators - launched! (from 12/4/2011)
We are proud to announce AFI-LLC has launched a special referral program just for our colleagues. The concept is simple - our agency provides services that are complimentary to yours; and often, your clients will contact you first about services that we offer and you can benefit from. From that is born our referral program.
- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/referral-program-from-afi-llc-to-investigators-launched
New service - Equivocal Death Analysis - Flat Fee (from 12/6/2011)
At Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC (AFI-LLC), we have found that families, as well as our colleagues and attorney clients, are often unsure if a complete investigation is necessary, or how to determine the necessity of a full Equivocal Death Investigation. Often, just the assurance that a proper investigation was completed is all that is necessary, and warranted.
- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/new-service-equivocal-death-analysis-flat-fee
What is the value of hiring a PI for background checks and investigations? (from 12/9/2011)
Over the years it has been increasingly easy for the private citizen to check the backgrounds of other individuals at little to no cost. In many states, various public records have been made more available directly, or by data services reselling data. At the same time, there have been more restrictions on records that can be accessed, often requiring a PI license, or redacted considerably or completed banned from access. One record that is easy and free, in most jurisdictions and via online sources are the sex offender registrations - from local to national. But, each of these resources does no good if not used, used improperly or not verified.
- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/what-is-the-value-of-hiring-a-pi-for-background-checks-and-investigations
What are Equivocal Death Investigations and Equivocal Death Analysis? (from 1/1/2012)
What does it mean to conduct an Equivocal Death Investigation or Analysis (EDI, EDA)? We get asked this question time and time again. An Equivocal Death Investigation is an in-depth investigation into a death that has lingering questions. Many families have come to us for help in understanding the circumstances surrounding a loved one’s death. The manners of death can be classified as any of the following: homicide, suicide, natural, accident or undetermined. Sometimes the family/loved one of the deceased individual does not agree with the final determination and have a yearning for more answers.
Learn how we efficiently multi-task using these tools. Visit this article on our blog at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/time-is-money-multi-tasking-is-time-recovered!
- DropBox - http://dropbox.privateinvestigations.org
- Right Inbox for Gmail - www.rightinbox.com
- Desktop Texting - www.MySMS.com
- Ring Central Faxing - http://fax.privateinvestigations.org
- Ring Central VOIP - http://ringcentral.privateinvestigations.org
- Toll-Free Numbers - http://kall8.privateinvestigations.org (PIs - contact our office for more uses)
- Split View - www.splitview.com
About every other month Dean host a podcast featuring topical information in the areas of legal investigations and forensic investigations. He is joined by his wife and business partner, Karen for 'Conversations with Karen' on special topics of interest. Dean closes each episode with a 'Special Guest' who is an expert in a forensic specialty. Tune in this, and every, month!
All shows are posted at http://gimg.tv
The latest podcast topics include:
Conversations with Karen
Every Contact Leaves a Trace
Is it Homicide or Suicide – Test Your Observation Skills
Special Guest with Dean
Brandon Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER, returns to talk about FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery
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.
Dr. Cina, based in Colorado, is the former Chief Medical Examiner of Cook County IL. Dr. Schueler is the Chief Forensic Toxicologist of a large mid-Atlantic metropolitan area.
Contact our office to consult on medicolegal death and injury causation. The CVs of both Dr. Cina and Dr. Schueler are available by Contacting Us
We are proud of our working relationship with Dr. Cina, since 2002 and Dr. Schueler since 2010.
Upcoming conferences and meetings from associations:
TALI - 2017 Annual Conference August 22-25, San Antonio TX - Dean is speaking on Death / Murder Investigations - www.tali.org/2017-conference
NCISS - 2017 Mid-Term Meeting September 13th, Westminster, CO. - www.NCISS.org
PPIAC - 2017 Annual Conference September 14th FTER Pre-Conference and 15th & 16th regular conference, Westminster, CO. - https://ppiac.wildapricot.org/event-2454623
Professional Private investigations Association of Colorado (www.PPIAC.org) Monthly meetings are the first Wednesday of each month, usually in the Denver metro area. PPIAC continues to hold specialized training sessions for new and veteran investigators, and also specific to the new licensing program.
PPIAC has just announced their annual fall Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference! September 14th to 16th. Details at https://ppiac.wildapricot.org/event-2454623
NCISS will hold their annual Mid-Term Board Meeting the day before (09/13/2017) with a meet and greet that evening.
A special pre-conference event, earning a special certification, will be held on Thursday 09/14/2017
Rocky Mountains - Colorado Forensic Interviewing - FTER Method Certification Program, PPIAC - Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado
Pre-Conference Certification Event! September 14, 2017
The CDITC in partnership with the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado will be hosting the CDITC 8 hour Forensic Interviewing Certification course. The focus of this course is to introduce and certify the participants in FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery concepts and techniques. This course focused upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing.
The full conference continues with eight high caliber speakers! Details and regisration at https://ppiac.wildapricot.org/event-2454623
National Association of Legal Investigators (www.NALI.com)
NALI is the premier association for legal investigators for civil plaintiff and criminal defense, and oversees the prestigious Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) program. Experience is required to join and all members are subject to a background check.
The current issue of NALI's official journal - The Legal Investigator - is now available online at www.nalionline.org/publications.htm
National Council of Investigation and Security Services (www.NCISS.org)
Each day we find an increasing number of problems confronting the orderly growth of our profession. These problems include, among others: overly restrictive legislation regarding training and standards, proliferation of legislation requiring local licensing, public misunderstanding and misinformation on the role and contribution of private investigators and security services, and an uninformed media. It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.
The current issue of NCISS's official journal - Your Advocate - is available online at www.nciss.org/your-advocate
Special news and alerts are at www.nciss.org/important-nciss-news
NEW!! Members Only Page - www.nciss.org/members-only
State Legislation Awareness Monitoring (SLAM), Membership Directory (PDF), Member contributed articles.
World Association of Detectives (www.WAD.net)
W.A.D. is a global alliance of investigators and security professionals with origins dating back to 1921 and formalized in 1925. W.A.D. is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the world.
Karen is the W.A.D. Administrative Manager, and Dean is the Governor of the Americas (North, Central and South America). Together we work to further the mission of W.A.D. and provide resources to clients needing assistance in these regions. The W.A.D. magazine,
The current issue of WAD's official newletter - Beyond Global - is available online at www.wad.net/newsletters-beyond-global
Additional memberships include FALI, TALI and CALI state associations, as well as specialty specific national associations (see right sidebar). If your association has news, please send it to us for inclusion in our newsletter.
Every Mother's Baby
Ellis Armistead, CLI (Armistead Investigators)
I am constantly asked, “How did you go from law enforcement to criminal defense?” or, “How can you be on the dark side?” These comments come from other present and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors, but also from friends and the public.
- continued at https://armisteadinvestigators.com/blog/2017/7/11/every-mothers-baby
How Concealing Key Evidence Convicts the Innocent
The Crime Report
On June 22, in Turner vs. United States, the Supreme Court, by a 6 to 2 vote, affirmed the murder convictions of seven men. Unlike most Supreme Court decisions, Turner went largely unnoticed.
It deserves more attention, but not because it announced a new legal rule. Instead, Turner reaffirmed a terrible old rule that has done great harm to the accuracy of criminal trials, and will continue to do so.
- continued at https://thecrimereport.org/2017/07/14/how-concealing-key-evidence-convicts-the-innocent/
When a Client Asks a Private Investigator to Do Something Illegal
Dean Gluth, 2nd VP of NCISS, shared this update from our friends at PI Now / PI Round Up, featuring our Colorado friends and colleagues, Robert and Andrea Orozco (Advanced Professional Investigations; Andrea is NCISS 3rd VP and PPIAC VP of Legislative Affairs, and Robert is a NCISS member and PPIAC Past President).
Firing or Refusing to Work With the Client
"On the specific scenario of being asked to enter a home and obtain physical evidence, Robert and Andrea Orozco said, “Even if the investigator is allowed entry into the residence, perhaps for obtaining a statement, it doesn’t give the investigator the liberty to take anything from the residence without permission from the homeowner.” An earlier commenter shared that attorney clients have encouraged him to use his best judgment in these scenarios, to which the Orozcos reply, “Those types of clients should be avoided. We’ve fired many clients for many reasons, and unethical/illegal requests, particularly after being advised of such - is at the top of the list.” Darryl Daugherty, an investigator who works in Thailand, said that these people don’t become clients, but rather failed prospects."
- read the full article at www.pinow.com/articles/1952/when-a-client-asks-a-private-investigator-to-do-something-illegal
Vidocq Lifetime Achievement Award - Vernon Geberth 'Mr. Murder' - Practical Homicide Investigation - NYPD (Commander, Ret.)
The following news came us from our friend, Vernon Geberth. He is humbled and excited about such an honor - a well deserved one.
"I am proud to announce that I have been selected to be the recipient of the Vidocq Society’s “Halbert E. Fillinger Lifetime Achievement Award.” The Award Ceremony and Banquet will be held at The Belle Voir Manor located at 1601 State Road in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on Sunday October 1, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
I am honored and flattered to be recognized for my contributions to the law enforcement profession throughout my years of service, research and dedication to the investigation of murder and cold case homicide investigation.
The “Halbert E. Fillinger Lifetime Achievement Award” is named in honor of Dr. Halbert Fillinger who was a forensic pathologist. His 40 years of service included his time as Chief Medical Examiner in the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office before being elected Coroner of Montgomery County, PA. During his career, Dr. Fillinger lectured many times at the FBI academy in Quantico, Va., and all branches of the Armed Forces. Respected for his work, officials in the states of Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado sought his advice.
I certainly appreciate that the award is named after Doctor Halbert E. Fillinger, who was a dear friend, colleague and mentor to me early in my career. We had the opportunity to teach together at various events back in the 1990’s."
Legislative Activity Summary for July
In the month of July, Congress was almost completely focused on passing some sort of repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, a.k.a. "Obamacare"). As such, very few other matters were considered in the legislature, and we are all surely familiar with the end result (at least, for the time being) of the ACA repeal vote.
During this time, Lobbyit focused on legislation which would provide states anti-trust protection for occupational licensing requirements, provided they instituted reforms to ensure such requirements were not anti competitive. Lobbyit met with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the office of Senator Mike Lee, and with the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss this issue.
What does this mean for our professions? Please read the full activity report at http://conta.cc/2uWARgl
2018 Hit the Hill and Annual Conference - Speakers announced!
NCISS is fortunate to have many members with expertise in multiple investigative and security services disciplines. We appreciate them giving of their time to join us for the Hit the Hill and Annual Meeting events, as well as speak to our group on a variety of important trends and topics important to each of us. The conference committee has recently secured the following speakers. Details of the full schedule and registration will be coming soon!
- Terry Kilburn, CEO
Terry will speak on trends and techniques of effective database use.
- Timothy A. Dimoff, CEO/President
The Escalating Trends of Aggression and Violence Sweeping Our Nation.
- Cynthia Hetherington
Cynthia will speak on the Internet, open sources and database offerings.
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 and CCDI programs both require 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.
Specializes in the Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injuries, Negligence and Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation.
We provide investigations and consultations of any death or serious bodily injury case nationwide with the conveniences of modern technology and assistance of our local professional friends and colleagues.
In addition, we continue to provide Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities for your Civil, Criminal, Probate and Domestic Relations litigation. Additional information at www.deathcasereview.com/general-services.html
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