We hope each of you are having a wonderful Spring! About the time of drafting this newsletter, Dean returned from the Annual Meeting and Hit the Hill event of the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (www.NCISS.org), and we are both now in Miami for the Mid-Term Meeting of the World Association of Detectives (www.WAD.net), for which Karen is the Administrative Manager and Dean is the Governor of the Americas.
The NCISS Hit the Hill was very successful, with several members – and even better, several first time attendees – both new and veteran members – arriving in Washington DC to meet with our Senators and Representatives, and their legislative aids, to discuss important upcoming legislation and regulations. This year the luncheon was in the US Capitol, Senate Visitors Center, with keynote speaker Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio. Important legislation was discussed by our members (please see below).
NCISS also held annual elections of Officers and Directors. Dean’s term as President came to a close and he was elected by the Board to be Board Chairman for the next year. His term was busy and productive, thanks to the teamwork and individual commitment of each officer and director in their duties. Success was achieved by everyone, Together We’re Better! It has been an honor and privilege for Dean to serve the members of NCISS, and also the investigative and security professions.
Dean didn’t leave empty handed – he also returned to Colorado having been honored with NCISS’s highest honor, the Duffy Award [LINK]. The recipient is chosen by a committee of the six most recent recipients. In presenting the award, Past President and recipient Maria Landry described their decision:
Details of the Duffy Award are at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/dean-beers-elected-nciss-board-chairman-and-bestowed-duffy-award
This was a great honor for Dean, and quite a surprise. As a recipient, he credits the teamwork and accomplishments of the Executive Council, Board and support of members. Last year (2016) Dean was honored to be the recipient of the second most coveted award, The Wunder Award. Like the Duffy Award, the recipient of this award is also determined by a committee of the six most recent recipients. In 2012, as a Regional Director, Dean was the first recipient of the Vinson Award www.nciss.org/awards.
This award was created for the Executive Council (only Officers) to select the recipient, and has been intended for someone not on the Executive Council. After receiving the award, it was realized that Dean is also the only member to receive all three awards (Past President Vince Ruffolo had received the Duffy Award and Wunder Award, and posthumously the Vinson Award in 2013).
Following the NCISS Annual Meeting and Hit the Hill event, Dean and Karen traveled together to the the World Association of Detectives Mid-Term meeting in South Miami Beach FL. As the Administrative Manager, Karen was introduces to many members of WAD and assisted with the meeting organization and welcoming members. There was time to relax on the beach and a tour of the Everglades.
-- Educating Congress
-- Updates from our recent travels
-- FALI 23rd Annual Conference and special Pre-Conference "Death and SBI Investigations" presented by Dean
-- Agency News and Updates
- The Necessity of Complete Backgrounds
- Gunshot Residue (GSR) and Testing
- Life Insurance Fraud and Illegal Beneficiaries
- GIMG.tv Facts & Forensics - Looking back to 2016 and into 2017
-- Tidbits from Our Profession
- Upcoming Association Conferences
-- Associations and News of our Profession
- News from PPIAC, NALI, NCISS and WAD, and your association news!
-- Legislation News You Can Use
-- Closing Thoughts - Supporting Associations / Supporting You and Our Professions
-- 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
FALI has a long history of providing cutting edge education on the most relevant topics of the day. The FALI 2017 Conference promises to be the best opportunity in Florida to enhance your knowledge, further your career, increase your earning potential, and network during this event dedicated to investigative professionals. The Pre-Conference is included at no additional charge for all fully registered attendees (not student or one-day) but you must RSVP on your registration form to attend.
What is the Pre-Conference event?
Special FREE PRE-CONFERENCE Seminar - presented by Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI
"The Process of Investigating Death & Serious Bodily Injuries" Click HERE for details!
RSVP on Registration Form is Required ~ Open to Full Conference Participants only
Death and SBI Investigations for PIs!
The Pre-Conference is included at no additional charge for all fully registered attendees (not student or one-day) but you must RSVP on your registration form to attend.
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 injury causation and death, and protocols of the forensic autopsy and findings of the autopsy in the final report. This will be an information packed, and fast paced, series of presentations.
Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI and Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI are experienced legal investigators, death investigators, and forensic autopsy assistants. This pre-conference program will provide the insight necessary to understand the importance of serious bodily injury and death investigation for civil and criminal investigators. This will transition into reviewing, and comprehending, the autopsy findings presented in the final autopsy report.
If you are involved in legal investigations of civil, criminal or probate litigation, this is a valuable course.
Warning: includes graphic images
Learn more and register now at www.fali.org/?page=FALICONFERENCE
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.
The Necessity of Complete Backgrounds (from 01/17/2015)
When I first wrote ‘Professional Locate Investigations’ (www.ProfessionalLocateInvestigations.com) it was intended to be a guide to one of the most common tasks of all private investigators – locating people. Several years later we decided an updated edition was needed to fill in some gaps and update some information to be more current. In the investigative world being current is important, but keeping resources current is a daunting task. That is one reason we value trade magazines, trade blogs and other sources by fellow professionals. The new edition was revamped and designed to demonstrate the similarities of locate investigations, background checks and assets & liabilities checks. Full investigations, more than just gathering records, most often follows – but you have to start with the records.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/the-necessity-of-complete-background-investigations
Gunshot Residue (GSR) and Testing (from 02/12/2015)
During our combined years at the medical examiner's office (spanning from late 2002 to late 2008), we collected GSR from every decedent with a cause of death due to a gunshot wound; every investigator did. However, the state laboratory had no longer accepted them for testing unless specific circumstances would warrant it. We cannot recall any submissions of GSR to the state lab. Instead it was recommended to collect DNA swabs from the decedent, firearm and other relevant evidence. Dean wrote the procedure that remains in place today. Since returning to the private sector in late 2008, we have not had a case inquiring or requesting GSR testing - until recent months. In one case GSR was completed by the agency as routine protocol, and in two private consultations we demonstrated the unreliability of GSR and recommended more definitive alternative protocols for the cases. With these recent cases, we decided some information was needed. The information below is simplified and not intended to relate any scientific processes or principles beyond some explanation.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/gunshot-residue-gsr-and-testing
Life Insurance Fraud and Illegal Beneficiaries (from 03/11/2015)
In our world of Equivocal Death Investigations, we are often tasked with bringing closure to families in the loss of a loved one (see www.UnderstandingDeathInvestigations.com). This may include the unasked question of life insurance benefits. This is because many life insurance policies have double indemnity clause – or payment of twice the policy benefits if the death is ruled an accident. Conversely, many life insurance policies have a clause that denies benefits if the death is ruled a suicide. These may also have clauses that, in the event of benefits, the terms are limited – for example a suicide two or more years after a policy is written is payable. Similarly, there are issues of survivor and workers’ compensation benefits in the event of accidents and death. These are all very important, and often unrealized, issues when families may need the expertise of our services and legal counsel.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/life-insurance-fraud-and-illegal-beneficiaries
Investigator Ethics for the PI, Consumer and Client (from 03/26/2015)
We are excited to announce the launch of our new on-demand distance learning website for investigators! www.InvestigativeCourses.com.
We start with a FREE 1-hour course on "Investigator Ethics for the PI, Consumer and Client" based on our guide distributed free for several years. This course comes with a Certificate of Completion which may qualify for continuing education credit (check with your regulating agency or accrediting association). Join students worldwide - nearly 200 new students today!
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/investigator-ethics-for-the-pi-consumer-and-client
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
In April Dean and Karen reflected on 2016 and looked at what to expect in 2017.
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 has returned to Colorado and is the former Chief Medical Examiner of a large metropolitan area in the upper mid-west. 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:
GAPPI - (May) 2017 Annual Conference from April 30 to May 03, Jekyll Island GA (Dean may be speaking at this event - TBD)
FALI - (May - see below) 2017 Annual Conference from May 04-06 at Cocoa Beach FL - Dean is giving a full-day pre-conference seminar on Death Investigation (included in the full registration fee). Click here for Details and Registration
SCALI - (May) 2017 Annual Conference May 04-06, Charleston SC
INSPI - (May) 2017 Annual Conference May 16-18, South Bend IN (includes Certified Criminal Defense Investigator training!)
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.
NCISS is Your Voice in our Nation’s Capital!
How important are the relationships NCISS, through its members, has developed over the years? Keith Nelson of Lobbyit shared key points from the recent meetings by members on the Hill. Here is a summary of Keith’s message.
The month of March was dominated by preparations for and execution of the official NCISS 2017 Hit the Hill (HTH) event. NCISS members and management gathered in Washington, Dc for their Annual Meeting and Hit the Hill (HTH) legislative action day. Keith Nelson of Lobbyit attended the Monday members’ meeting, and gave a Tuesday morning briefing, on what to expect during their Hill meetings, discussed the legal and legislative topics we were presenting, and covered how best to conduct effective advocacy.
Later that morning, as part of HTH advocacy, Lobbyit took NCISS leadership to sit down with legislative staff for Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut3), the sponsor of the GPS Act, which NCISS opposes. The GPS Act would make it a criminal offense to track persons and property via electronic means without their consent. In this meeting was discussion on how and why private investigators (PI) utilize GPS, and solicited their agreement to carve out/exempt PIs from the Act’s prohibitions. Staff took voluminous notes, and asked us for legislative language which would accomplish our goals. Lobbyit and NCISS are currently in the process of reviewing the relevant state exclusions and drafting language for their consideration.
Later in the day, Lobbyit had a quick meeting with counsel from the Senate Judiciary Committee (the committee of jurisdiction for the Senate version of the GPS Act [Wyden, D-Or]); 1st Vice President Brad Duffy met with Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Charles Grassley. Judiciary staff were equally interested in reviewing language exempting PIs from GPS prohibitions, and Lobbyit will be following up with them in the near future. This is a critical relationship, because as Chairman, Grassley can hold Wyden’s bill until Wyden concedes to our amendments. Even though the Chaffetz meeting went very well, we are heartened that we have a solid backstop in the Senate committee of jurisdiction.
NCISS then attended the luncheon in the Capitol Visitors Center, during which we were addressed by Representative Steve Stivers, Member for Columbus Ohio, who sits on the Financial Services Committee and is now the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the political body responsible for getting Republicans elected to the House of Representatives. At the Hill luncheon, Representative Stivers (R-OH) recognized incoming NCISS president, Terry Myer, and in doing so, gave his commitment to help NCISS with the GPA language in the House. Overall, a resounding success.
NCISS held its annual elections. Congratulations to the following Officers and Directors elected to their positions::
Board Chairman – Dean Beers (CO)
President – Terry Myer, Sr. (OH)
(President Dean Beers swears in new President Terry Myer, Sr.)
2nd Vice President – Dean Gluth (IL)
3rd Vice President – Andrea Orozco (CO)
Secretary – Francie Koehler (CA)
Treasurer – Jim Zimmer (CA)
(President Dean Beers first swears in Jim Zimmer, Andrea Orozco, Brad Duffy, Dean Gluth, and Francie Koehler)
Region 3 Director – Bob Dunn (NC)
Region 6 Director – Chris Reynolds (CA) - appointed
At Large Director – Brandy Lord (IN)
At Large Director – Steve Rambam (NY)
At Large Director – Jeff Hammock (AL) – appointed
(President Dean Beers next swears in Brandy Lord, Bob Dunn, and Chris Wells; Candace Ivey, Steve Rambam, and Jeff Hammock not pictured)
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.
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