We love our grandchildren and bragging about them - who doesn't?! Lincoln is our youngest and 4th - his sister, Jacee Sue is our oldest and only granddaughter (she is 8 years old), and their cousins, Gage Alan and Cash Michael, are 7 and will be 8 years old in July.
This picture was after he recently visited with us for a day and was tired, ready to go home. He is as cute and handsome as can be - and smiles as much as he crawls, which is non-stop!
Happy Birthday Little Linc - we love you very much!
Anything can happen at any time - to you or your files. Our files are hours - weeks to months - of our time intensive work for clients. Without them reports are unwritten, hours and expenses not invoiced, and business can come to a halt.
Our profession is 24/7 and our files must be available 24/7. There are several ways to setup a backup system - and it begins with being as paperless as possible. Do so properly, and with redundancy, can assure you - and your clients - that your files are safe and ready for instant access from anywhere.
In a recent posted commentary, we share our experiences with starting a paperless system over two decades ago, and having redundant backup for our files. Nothing is perfect - but you can take the highest precautions. Learn more from our latest commentary, "Data Protection – Lessons Learned and Shared" at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/data-protection-lessons-learned-and-shared.
World Association of Detectives Mid-Term Meeting
Last month, following Dean's NCISS Mid-Term Meeting in Washington DC, we hit the skies for Miami Beach, FL. As the Administrative Manager, this was Karen’s first opportunity to meet many of the WAD members, many visiting from Europe and Asia – from England and France, to Romania and Russia, and India to Malaysia. This was Dean's third WAD event and welcomed the opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones. Look for a special announcement about our agency and WAD's Annual Meeting later this year.
On a different note of advice, after this we decided to get cleared by TSA Pre Check. For just $85 every five years, per person, you can be issued a Known Traveler Number after having a fingerprint background check completed and a TSA interview. We had ours completed within days.
Florida Association of Licensed Investigators
As you read this newsletter, Dean is preparing to head to the next FALI event - where he will be teaching his full-day 'Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigations for the Professional Investigator' seminar. Look for details of this conference next month! Don't forget, if you're at the FALI conference - attend the pre-conference seminar and stop by the NCISS booth.
-- Happy Birthday to our youngest grandchild - Lincoln Kyle 1 year old!
-- Are Your Files Safe?
-- From our NCISS and WAD travels
-- Dean Gluth - Friend and Colleague to many, recovering from a serious accident
-- NEW book - Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigations for Professional Investigators
-- Agency News and Updates
- Balancing the Financial and Resource Scales of Justice
- Basics of Skip Tracing, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities
- Danger of PI Apps
- Assuring You AFI Investigators are Licensed
- GIMG.tv Facts & Forensics - Making a Murderer (Part 2), 13 Reasons Why, and Domestic Violence Investigations
-- Tidbits from Our Profession
- Upcoming Association Conferences
-- Associations and News of our Profession
- News from PPIAC, NALI, NCISS and WAD, and your association news!
- Remember to interview the witness rather than to interrogate
- Missing People Facts
- Travel Safe and TSA Compliant
- Kind words from a client...
-- Legislative News You Can Use
-- Closing Thoughts - Steve Davis / Davis & Associations - Thomson Reuters / CLEAR 2017 Everyday Hero Award
-- AND MORE!
Together We're Better - Together We Make the Difference!
Associates in Forensic Investigations LLC is a Rocky Mountain West Agency owned by Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI and Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI.
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
Friends - one of our own, and a very close personal and professional friend, Dean Gluth - was severely injured 04/25/2017. Please see below. Being self-employed, our benefits are very limited and now is a time to help each other. Dean G. would not ask for this - but many of us are for him. Thanks! - Dean and Karen
From Brandy Lord - President of INspi (Indiana association) and At Large Director for NCISS...
"I am sure many of you have heard by now about one of our own, Dean Gluth, and the horrible car accident he suffered this week [Tuesday 04/25]. A small group of us visited with him in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital yesterday. Although his body is beat up pretty bad, he still has his sense of humor and his spirits were up as well, thanks to all of the support from friends and loved ones. Honestly, after his property was recovered, he was most concerned with his case work and membership recruitment for NCISS. Many of you have reached out and asked how to help. Last night, his family set up a Go Fund Me page in Dean’s honor. I have attached the link here. He is going to need assistance with the cost of medical care and will obviously be unable to work for some time. If you are able to post half a day of billable hours or even your lunch money, anything will help! At some point Dean will see the support. The link also gives a description of what happened and his injuries."
From the GoFundMe page...
On Tuesday night April 25th, Dean was traveling home to Chicago from Indianapolis after watching his daughter coach a high school softball game. At approximately 10:00pm while driving through a construction zone, Dean's tire got caught in a groove on the road which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. His truck flipped over the guardrail on the side of the highway and rolled into a ditch. The police estimate that his truck rolled at least 10 times down the hill. He was extracted from his totaled vehicle with the jaws of life. He was then taken to the Emergency Room where it was discovered he sustained a broken pelvis, 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a severe concussion. Indiana State Police said that it was a miracle he survived the incident.
This website was created in order to support Dean with medical expenses and anything else he may need as a result of the accident. Any donation amount is extremely appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Update Friday 04/29/2017 - Dean was released from the hospital! We all wish him the best, and a speedy recovery!
for Professional Investigators!
At the release of this newsletter, Dean is in Florida giving a special full-day pre-conference seminar on this topic. We are also releasing our latest book, updated from our online text-based distance learning course (www.InvestigativeCourses.com) and over a dozen forensic, death and SBI based articles and references. This is one of the most valuable guides we have completed. We are in the process of finalizing a version specifically for professional investigators, outside of the seminar concept. Please look for it this month. We will announce this on our agency blog site at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog.html.
Learn about "Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigations" - and how you can accept these cases with expert consultations
In your investigative career you will be involved in civil and criminal cases of personal injury, negligence, and death. Understanding the processes, and separating fact from fiction, will enhance your work-product for clients.
Learn the Concepts and Protocols of Investigating Death and Serious Bodily Injury
This guide is designed to provide the investigator currently working in, or interested in working in, cases that involve death and personal injury investigation fields, the knowledge and insight to informatively and intelligently conduct a criminal defense or civil investigation in which serious bodily injury or death is evidence or the subject matter of the litigation. From scene and evidence to protocols of the forensic autopsy and findings of the autopsy in the final report.
Our agency is prepared to offer our expert consultation services and guidance. We become your Affiliated Experts.
If you are involved in legal investigations of civil, criminal or probate litigation, this is a valuable guide.
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.
Balancing the Financial and Resource Scales of Justice (from 3/31/2015)
Let’s look at the recent example. For a fraction of this $20 million wrongful conviction settlement could be an increase in the funding and resources for the defense would be a start. Next, fix the budget and resources for the prosecution to the same as the defense, and fine the prosecution the $20 million. In another case, the former prosecutor offers this, “Had I been more inquisitive, perhaps the evidence would have come to light years ago. But I wasn't, and my inaction contributed to the miscarriage of justice in this matter. Based on what we had, I was confident that the right man was being prosecuted and I was not going to commit resources to investigate what I considered to be bogus claims that we had the wrong man.” In other words, this prosecutor shared only that evidence with the defense that is only supporting guilty. That is exactly the point of his, and so much, prosecutorial misconduct. A poor attempt at apologizing through justifying his actions.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/balancing-the-financial-and-resource-scales-of-justice
Basics of Skip Tracing, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities (from 4/29/2015)
We are excited to announce our next course is now live and available! Basics of Skip Tracing, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities! We are offering a LIMITED TIME 50% discount email our agency for the code - associates@DeathCaseReview.com! Visit our website to link to the discounted course at www.InvestigativeCourses.com
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/basics-of-skip-tracing-backgrounds-and-assets-liabilities
Danger of PI Apps (from 6/20/2015)
This is in response to the following story, which is important to read to understand the context and concerns presented. This story was shared by friend and colleague, Ron Rugen (Team Investigations, LLC of Kansas City, MO). We also invite you to read Ron’s similarly thought provoking commentary at his agency blog - http://www.kc-pi.com/2015/06/new-app-to-hire-private-investigator-not-good. The author of this article, Tania Anderson, asked to publish Dean's rebuttal by 06/17/2015; however, she never has. During this same week we have noticed a lot of online activity within our profession expressing similar concerns. We are not worried about losing business to an app – we don’t provide the services the app purports. What we are concerned about, as with all of our colleagues, is the damage this activity can do to our profession and consumers. It is our responsibility to not accept irresponsible, possibly illicit, activities.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/danger-of-pi-apps
Assuring You AFI Investigators are Licensed (from 6/2/2015)
Colorado's voluntary licensure program was repealed in June 2014 after the passage of mandatory licensure, effective June 01, 2015. At that time ALL persons asserting to be a private investigator and providing services defined by statute will have to be licensed (there are exemptions for in-house investigators and other limited persons (see the rules and statute). Reporting of operating without a license is mandatory - and with the cost of licensure, reporting non-compliance assures both consumer and professional protection from unlicensed activity.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/assuring-you-afi-investigators-are-licensed
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
Each 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 reflects on trips for NCISS and WAD, current legislation watch, our thoughts on the upcoming 'Making a Murderer - Part II' and the latest '13 Reasons Why'. Dean also has a conversation with domestic violence expert and attorney, Vicki Lutz, on conducting defense investigations.
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:
NALI - (June) 2017 50th Anniversary Annual Conference June 8-10, Alexandria Hotel, Alexandria VA
CALI - (June) 2017 Annual Conference June 8-10, Reno NV
TALI - 2017 Annual Conference August 22-25, San Antonio TX - Dean is speaking on Death / Murder Investigations
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.
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.
"Remember to interview the witness rather than to interrogate." by John Lajoie, CLI - Lajoie Investigations (MA)
We are sharing this from our Colorado friend and colleague Ellis Armistead, CLI - Armistead Investigations. This is an excellent article reminding PIs, especially former law enforcement turned PI, the importance of gathering facts through an interview - and not an interrogation.
Read more at www.defenseinvestigator.com/article8.html
Missing People Facts
Shared from Bob Heales, Executive Director of WAD
"Awareness is key. Please read and share."
Bob has extensive experience in missing persons, most notable being the case of Dru Sjodin from MN in November 2003. From this became the national sex offender registry.
Learn more at https://www.factretriever.com/missing-people-facts
Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
Known as Dru's Law - the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) includes the National Sex Offender Registry. In 2004 NCISS Hit the Hill attendees included something on their list of bills that they were actually supporting rather than opposing. Over 40 of us Hit the Hill that year and encouraged support and passage of this legislation. Our efforts garnered national media attention.
The proposed legislation was sponsored by Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and was simply known as "Dru's Law". A year later, Dru's Law, or the National Sex Offender Registry was included as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act which is an Act to protect children from sexual exploitation and violent crime, to prevent child abuse and child pornography, to promote internet safety, and to honor the memory of Adam Walsh and other children victims of crimes. The bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony on July 27, 2006. Go to https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Home/DruSjodin
Travel Safe and TSA Compliant
Like our colleagues, we do a lot of travel for business. In addition to TSA Pre Check, there are other considerations to make your travels easier. Here are some important examples:
Did you know...
- You can't have a microwave in your carry-on, but you can have one in your checked luggage.
- You can have a waffle iron in your carry-on or checked luggage.
Learn more at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring
Kind words from a client...
In late April we received this email from Marci Linde, a contract attorney for the Wyoming Public Defender's Office. We contract to for both legal investigative and expert consultations on their most complex cases."I was reviewing some things in a file of mine and I wanted to thank you again for all your work on my cases. I have appreciated your diligence, hard work, and insight. You have given me some good strategies but always in an honest and up-front way which is needed. The cases you have assisted me are not easy ones but I most appreciate your professionalism, to me and to my clients. You are thorough, reliable and a good communicator. I know that I can trust your work.
In this frenzied practice, I sometimes forget to tell people a simple thank you - so thank you."
-- We strive to do just as Marci expressed - its not always possible, but it's our goal. Our clients have some of the most challenging cases - we love them - and we are very passionate in doing so.
As Congress continues working on legislation primarily focused on the new administration, other legislation and regulations seem to be on hold. As a reminder, here is what is still hot in our nation's capital...
In meeting with our Senators and Representatives with their aids, NCISS members shared the following important legislative items being monitored. For our investigative and security agencies to best serve their clients, keeping access and use of the tools we use for legitimate purposes is important.
The “Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act” or the “GPS Act”
Licensed investigators are often acting pursuant to litigation, with GPS technology employed for a variety of important purposes. GPS technology allows PIs to track movements remotely, removing the need for close observation and/or actual physical “tailing,” which is itself a risky endeavor. Congress must not foreclose the use of GPS by licensed investigators in the course of their normal business.
The Anti-Spoofing Act of 2017
Licensed investigators are in the business of uncovering information, often to be used in formal legal proceedings, which the target individuals typically are deliberately hiding. PIs employ simple misdirection to acquire basic information, like confirming residency, location, or employment status.
This bill seeks to prohibit the use of false identifying information for phone calls and texts. While this limitation is apparently limited to false “caller ID” numbers, it could easily be construed to include “pretexting,” or simple subterfuge employed by PIs for legitimate purposes; clarification is needed to ensure that pretexting is not inadvertently restricted.
Department of Labor Regulations -- (The Ambush, Joint Employer, and EEOC Pay Reporting Rules)
A series of rules were issued by the previous administration which significantly restricts the ability of business owners to manage their enterprises according to their best judgment. In the 114th Congress, several legislative attempts were made to overturn such rules. Congress should work to eliminate or modify such rules with respect to the legitimate purposes of PIs.
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.
PPIAC President Ryan Johnson shared some background:
"I was honored to be at the award presentation for our Chairman of the Board, Steve Davis when he was recognized for the work he did on a missing persons case. I have known Steve for about 6 years now, but I can tell you without hesitation, he represents everything good in people and deserves this honor. Below is the story that just came out on Channel 4. Steve I am proud to say you are a good friend of mine."
Colorado news Channel 4 (KCNC) featured this story:An international data company has honored a Denver private investigator for his efforts to locate a missing woman.
Thomson Reuters named Steve Davis of Steve Davis and Associates as one of three recipients of its Everyday Hero award for Davis’ efforts to locate Hannah Hrabik, a missing 25-year-old woman. The company is making a $10,000 donation in Davis’ name to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Learn more at
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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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