Use DropBox (http://dropbox.privateinvestigations.org) to backup your phone photos and videos.Technology continues to advance how we act - and preserve - our everyday lives and businesses. One
computer program or computer application can change how we manage and complete tasks. Multiple programs and applications complementing each other defines true multi-tasking.One such seamless and beneficial tool is from DropBox. Many are familiar with DropBox - the storing of data
- large files such as photos and videos - on a cloud, or offsite server - for free (there is a fee for larger storage allowances). That's the old DropBox.The new DropBox includes an app for Android phones (and possibly iPhones - but not owning an iPhone, I'm not sure) that integrates seamless with your DropBox account - and we already know that your DropBox account is integrated with your computer. Now you can seamlessly integrate your phone and computer. Take a picture or record a video and it is automatically sent to your DropBox account for online backup - and your computer for additional backup and use. You can turn these feature on or off any time.What are the uses of this integration? As an investigator:
The original purpose of this integration, personally and for our agency, was to save time and automatically backup photos from our travels, family and occasional business use. In recent news, a new purpose has evolved - protection of evidence by citizens. This may include recording an incident - such as an altercation, vehicle accident or protest. Perhaps the subject of the recording takes offense to being recorded - under the right circumstances, the photos and videos can be archived and saved from damage.Here are the steps:
- Most phones are higher megapixel, making the use of a phone for easy documentation (but not forensic crime scene use) a snap;
- No hassles with tethering or sharing individual pictures or videos - its automatic;
- Reduce the chance of lost or damaged photos from loss or damage of the phone;
- Protection of sensitive data from intentional destruction of the phone.
You are done. This may take up to an hour, but once it is completed, it is seamless and you will never spend another minute transferring photos. The upload from your phone, and download to your computer, are not instantaneous but is pretty fast if there is a data connection and depending on your settings. You will see notifications on your computer. I have had photos uploaded before I could delete them, and other times it was overnight.Look for future tips - and be sure to share your own with us - Associates@DeathCaseReview.com. If we publish your tip, it will be to your credit and with
- Open a FREE DropBox account (http://dropbox.privateinvestigations.org) and complete the setup process;
- Download and install the free DropBox program for your computer
- Download and install the free DropBox app from the Google Play Store to your Android phone (check for availability if you have an iPhone) and complete the initial setup process;
- Under the settings for your computer - link the computer and online account to sync and automatically download photos and videos from your online account to your DropBox folder;
- Under settings for your phone - link the phone DropBox app and online account to sync and automatically upload photos and videos from your phone to your online account;
- Under settings for the computer program and phone app - you may want to limit when this happens to use only WiFi or small file sizes - especially if you have a limited or pay-per-use data plan.
The Question of Suicide
Equivocal Death Investigations
Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI and Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDIAssociates in Forensic Investigations, LLC
From Voltaire, “To the living we owe respect. To the dead we owe only the truth.” That is the purpose of an Equivocal Death Analysis and Investigation (EDA or EDI); collectively referred to as equivocal death case review. One of the most common questions in death investigation is: "Was it a Suicide?" This question may often go unanswered due to lack of sufficient official investigation or attention to evidence. This leaves the possibility of closure for the families impossible, particularly if foul play is suspected, or even an accident. The wrong determination can also result in benefits, such as life insurance or workers’ compensation, underpaid - or worse, denied.Download and read the full article < download article >
About the authors:Dean
is a Certified Legal Investigator and expert in criminal defense homicide and civil equivocal death investigations. He has lectured extensively and authored multiple articles, peer-reviewed white papers, and provided expert testimony on Protocols of Private Investigation, and Forensic Investigation of Injury Pattern Analysis. He authored Professional Locate Investigations
and recently completed Practical Methods for Legal Investigations: Concepts and Protocols in Civil and Criminal Cases
, released by CRC Press in February 2011. Their subject matter expertise is Death Investigation and Injury Causation.
In addition, he is actively involved in several associations for our profession. This includes the past Board Chairman, and Life Member, of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado, Region 6 CLI Representative of the National Association of Legal Investigators with a column ‘Forensic Focus’
in NALI's trade magazine ‘The Legal Investigator’
, Secretary of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services, Member and Forensic Investigations Advisor of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council, Governor of the Americas for the World Association of Detectives, National Defender Investigators Association, Affiliate Consultant member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, International Association for Identification, and Mensa USA. Karen
earned her Bachelor's in Social Work from Colorado State University (Magna Cum Laude). Her background, education and experience with victim advocacy and counseling are valuable assets in working with families and victims of traumatic events. Possessing strong interpersonal skills and ability to reach out to people, she brings a unique perspective to cases, particularly lifestyle matters and mitigation. Her death investigation training and experience, together with her social work and general investigative skills and experience, are an asset to the medicolegal and criminal defense investigative processes. She is also a member of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council and National Defender Investigators Association.
She has been professionally published with 'The Basics of an Autopsy Report
' (PI Magazine, Dec 2011), 'Understanding Suicide and its Prevention – Equivocal Death Investigations
' (PursuitMag.com, Dec 2011), and 'False Confessions and Accusations'
(PursuitMag.com, Feb 2012).
Their national consultation and investigation agency is based in Colorado and is primarily focused on Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injury, Negligence & Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate matters; including Critical Case Analysis. They are proud parents of Jeberly and Winter, and have three grandchildren - Jacee, and identical twin grandsons Gage and Cash.
From Karen, which speaks of our agency... "Equivocal Death Investigations and Analysis. Sometimes the death of a loved one leaves behind many unanswered questions. Helping clients understand the investigative process, answer questions to help ease their minds are the main goals of a death analysis. Due to the prevalence of Equivocal Death Analysis, we now offer a flat-fee to further help families in their time of need. Helping clients with lingering issues surrounding a loved one’s death is difficult yet necessary to assist in resolving issues that can sometimes take years. Hearing the words, "Thank you, you have helped me to understand" whatever questions they may have had tucked inside their minds is very rewarding."
The Quint-Essential Qualities of a Professional Investigator...
Not all private investigators and legal investigators are the same. There are five core principles that professional investigators universally possess and practice.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. Effective Communication
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.
From AFI-LLC Best of Blog 2012
Originally posted 01/12/2012Homicides are down, while Natural and Accident deaths rise
Statistics for 2010 from the Center for Disease Control for the top five leading causes of death. Slayings (homicide) is no longer on the list, has been since 1965. #5 is accidents and #10 is suicides. The other good news...infant mortality is down 3.9%.
The remaining causes of death in the top 15 for 2010 are those of natural disease processes, with heart disease being the leader.
These statistics reveal a few things…
-- Breakthroughs in medicine have helped infant mortality, but not other natural diseases. That is not to lay the blame on medicine, we are responsible for what we do. Of the disease processes, most are likely result of our diets and habits, while others are unknown (i.e. cancer); some are one or the other – such as heart disease or diabetes with a family history, or cancer caused by smoking. Others may be environmental or other causes, such as some environmentally related carcinogens.
At the same time, several natural diseases rose in the rankings, including Alzheimer’s, kidney disease and cirrhosis. Of these, some are naturally progressing while others are essentially induced. Research is making progress. Alzheimer’s may be on the rise simply because of awareness and increased treatment – not too long ago when an elderly person showed symptoms it was just aging.
-- Homicides may be down due to social behavior and awareness, as well as law enforcement and policing efforts. The highest ranking has been #13.
-- Suicides remain concerns both individually and to society. There are no solutions to suicide, as contributing factors can include from mental health to personal. Education and awareness continue to be the frontline efforts to lower the suicide rate.
-- Accidents, or deaths caused by unintentional acts, is the second leading Manner of Death. These arise from everything from personal acts to work place incidents. These may be from as negligence of the decedent or others, to careless and reckless behavior of the decedent or others. In addition, we cannot overlook the impact that alcohol and other drug, licit and illicit, deaths have had on this particular Manner of Death.
Many feel that the purpose of the legal investigator is to find favor of the facts to their client. This is far from the truth, no pun intended. In fact (no pun intended again), the sole responsibility of the legal investigator is to elicit information through an investigative process that aids the fact finder in determine the facts and evidence to make their determination of the direct and circumstantial truth. The trier of fact is typically a judge or jury. However, in some instances this may be by the family or an insurance company. This becomes an Equivocal Death Investigation, which hopes to provide peace of mind or closure, and to determine if the death of a loved one has been properly investigated, such as homicide vs. suicide, suicide v. accident, or accident v. homicide.
If should be further noted that the statistics in the stories are derived from death certificate data (one of the purposes of death certificates is to collect data). Unfortunately, this may not be the most accurate way of collecting this data. Specifically:
-- Most deaths that are reported as 'Natural' are not autopsied and therefore the final Cause of Death is appropriately subjective based upon medical history.
-- However, many elderly deaths are improperly classified as 'Natural' when the underlying cause could be an 'Accident', such as consequential to a hip fracture or other ailment as a result of an underlying unnatural and accidental event.
Full stories can be found at:http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/11/3364738/murder-not-a-top-cause-of-death.html
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-death-rates-homicide-20120111,0,1761439.story A thorough official medicolegal death analysis, and if necessary full investigation, should be done at the time of death. If there are any lingering or unanswered questions, an independent medicolegal death analysis, and if necessary full investigation, should be considered.
To learn more about our Equivocal Death Analysis and Equivocal Death Investigations, please visit www.EquivocalDeathAnalysis.com
From AFI-LLC Best of Blog 2012
Originally posted 01/01/2012What are Equivocal Death Investigations and Equivocal Death Analysis?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.
We will analyze all of the information the family/loved one has on the decedent and comb through the information step by step to trace the steps in the original investigative process. We will answer any questions the family/loved one has regarding the death, and we do this with an unbiased open mind.
Reconstructing a death and the investigation will assist the family/loved one in the healing process. Sometimes our minds can get carried away creating numerous scenarios which only adds to our lingering questions and distress over a loved one’s death. We can help quiet some or even all of those questions so that you may heal and carry on with your life. Many times a professional second opinion regarding whether the investigation was conducted properly in the first place with be enough to ease your mind.
If we find discrepancies in the original reports, or find that the evidence does not match the final decisions, we will point out these concerns, which can sometimes mean reopening the case for further investigation. Providing family/loved ones with answers to ease their minds is our main goal. Life can be stressful and difficult enough without the constant worry surrounding a loved one’s death.
Due to the overwhelming need for an Equivocal Death Analysis, we have created a flat-rate fee to further assist families in finding answers. An affordable, small price to pay for peace of mind.Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC will provide a no-fee initial consultation to review your case. We may provide a no –fee review of the circumstances to determine if we can accept your case. We provide services to private investigators, attorneys, insurance companies and families. To begin finding answers today – call now and visit www.EquivocalDeathInvestigations.com
What circumstances of death would benefit from an equivocal death investigation? The experts at AFI-LLC have experience in all of the following death and serious bodily injury cases. These may include civil, criminal and probate litigation or simply answers and closure for the family.- Victims of homicide or suspected homicide.- Victims of suicide or suspected suicide.- Persons dead on arrival at medical care facility.- Victims of accidental death or suspected accidental death.- Persons dying due to vehicular accidents (auto, motorcycle, boat, etc.).- Infant deaths and specifically “crib deaths” (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).- Cases of overt or suspected child abuse.
- Cases of overt or suspected elder abuse.
- Persons dying in aircraft accidents.
- Patients that die within 24 hours of admission to any medical care facility.
- Cases in which a physician is not in attendance, or when, though in attendance, the physician is unable to certify the cause of death.
- Cases where the decedent has not been seen by a physician within forty-five (45) days of death.
- Deaths of unexplained causes, suspicious circumstances, or if the death was the result of traumatic means.
- Deaths occurring while the decedent is in police custody or during transport.
- Cases of recovery of skeletal remains.
- Cases wherein there is such postmortem decomposition that a sufficient investigation and external examination to rule out injuries cannot be made and where the circumstances of the death do not enable one to rule out other than natural means.
- Industrial or employment accidents.
- Death by poison or suspicion of poison.
- Cases where the victim dies suddenly when in apparent good health.
- Deaths associated with diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
- Any patient has sustained an injury (fracture, fall, concussion, etc) prior to or during a medical care facility admission.
- Exhumations (disinterment) performed for the purpose of establishing the cause of death or clearing up a question relating to the cause of death. Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC will provide a no-fee initial consultation to review your case. We may provide a no –fee review of the circumstances to determine if we can accept your case. We provide services to private investigators, attorneys, insurance companies and families. To begin finding answers today – call now.Visit www.EquivocalDeathInvestigations.com
Best of 2012Scene Investigations - Conducting vs. Completing the Investigative Process
Originally posted 02/29/2012
As investigators we get the opportunity to investigate all aspects of a case. Sometimes
a case may require some scene work. Even if at first it appears that the case does not require a visit to the scene, if you have the opportunity, it is always recommended to go back where the event first began. Whether the case involves a death, a motor vehicle accident, or some type of crime, take the extra time, go that extra mile and visit the scene. You might be surprised once you visit the scene to find out that something could not have occurred the way the witness, victim or police officer claims. It is best not to rely on others to do the work you need to do yourself. You are the investigator, and someone is depending on you to see, hear, and get an overall feel of what the scene was like.
Once you have made up your mind that you should go visit the scene for yourself, the next thing to think about is the date and time of when the original event took place. Sometimes it may be a year or even a few years after the event occurred and you may have more work cut out for you than what you originally suspected. Let’s take for instance a case that is a couple of years old where a motor vehicle accident occurred at a particular intersection on May 12, 2008 at 6:00pm. You head back to the scene and after canvassing the area, you discover this is in the middle of a subdivision. After interviewing some of the people in the neighborhood, you discover that the traffic light that is now at the intersection was not there two years prior. Also you are told that when the traffic light was installed, there were sidewalks put in place and some shrubbery was cut down. This information will give you some things to work on and measurements to take regarding the motor vehicle accident. When you compare the photos taken at the scene, hopefully someone did their job and took some photos, and with the awesome photos you will take; you will be able to find the comparison facts necessary in the case.
One very important aspect to take into account when you plan to visit the scene is the time of year. Say you were given this case in December, 2010. You must take into account the fact that the lighting and weather will be different in December versus in May. So you will need to calculate by using either a site that you are familiar with, or this site http://www.timeanddate.com
Let’s take for instance the sunrise time for May 12, 2008 in Denver, CO was at 5:48am and the sunset time was 8:05pm. We know the accident took place at approximately 6:00pm on May 12, 2008; however, you receive the case on December 12, 2010. The sunrise time for December 12, 2010 is 7:12am and the sunset is 4:36pm.
So to continue on for the example case, the best time to visit the scene to get close to a similar light source, you would need to visit the scene at approximately 2:30pm on December 12, 2010 since the accident occurred approximately 2 hours before sunset on May 12, 2008. This may seem like too much trouble to some investigators, but if you want to see what others saw in similar daylight, or if the case was during evening ambient light, then this extra step is worth doing in order to get as close to that time frame as possible. Something as simple as figuring out the best time to visit a scene will assure your client that they hired the right investigator and this will give them confidence in your work product.
Also, if you get the case shortly after the motor vehicle accident occurred, you will have more than one scene to visit. Consider all options available that are connected to the main scene and go visit the mini scenes. For instance, if the vehicle or vehicles are still available to view, it is important to go see these vehicles with your own eyes and take several photos. Again, you as the investigator need to investigate the damage of the vehicles, do not rely on what other people say they saw or thought they might have seen. You might just be amazed at what you see in the photographs you take versus what you saw in person.
When there are motor vehicle accidents involving an intersection with a traffic light, you will want to go to that site, again using the time analysis as described, and sit and watch the light change for yourself. Once you investigate the traffic light and document all necessary information, you will want to take this a step further and contact the traffic engineers who maintain that particular intersection. The traffic engineers could be a private company or department of a jurisdiction which may be at the state, county or municipal level.
These are important extra steps necessary in order to either collaborate what witnesses have stated, or dismiss their statements. Another reason to check traffic lights yourself, and then make contact with the traffic engineers is to ensure there was not a power outage, maintenance, or weather related issues on the date in question. By checking the pattern of the lights yourself, you will then be able to discuss what you documented with the traffic engineers. Perhaps you might even alert them to an issue they did not realize they had with that particular traffic light.
Times and dates are not the only thing to think about when you visit a scene. The temperature, as well as the type of weather has an influence on the entire scope of your investigation. To find the temperatures and weather on a given date and time, one site to use is http://www.wunderground.com
, and you will find more than enough weather information to complete your investigation.
Don’t forget water and the rate of flow during certain times of the year as well. If you need to go back to the scene of an accident involving water; the water levels, weather, time and date will all have an effect on how you need to conduct your investigation. To find water flow and temperatures an informative site to use is http://www.usgs.gov
, which is full of information on water past and present of the United States. For other countries Google the words “water flow data” for your region as well as the name of the water resource you are interested in finding more information about.
When you are hired by a client, whether an attorney, another investigator, or a private citizen, the client needs to feel confident that you will do a thorough investigation, not a haphazard or simple investigation (unless of course they specifically ask for a simple investigation). Also, if you are being contacted to do an investigation or a reinvestigation, more than likely the first investigation was not conducted thoroughly or satisfactorily from the beginning. By explaining to clients that you take these extra steps in your investigations, you are telling them you go that extra mile that others may not. You are completing, instead of simply conducting, an investigation. These added ideas could be simple things even your clients have not thought about, which might give them that “aha” moment, and sometimes that is all it takes to get you the job. Remember, just a few more steps in the investigative process can gain you leaps in your quality of work as well as gains in the confidence of your clients, the choice is up to you. Part Two
There are several key points to scene investigations:
-- Likely multiple scenes
-- Likely different witness perspectives
-- Likely different investigative perspectives
-- Completing vs. Conducting investigations What should the attorney, private client or insurance company be prepared for in having an skilled and experienced investigative process?
First, what is a scene? Well, it is not necessarily a 'crime scene' - it is where an event or incident took place. It has not been determined if a crime occurred until after the official investigation is complete -- and even then, that could be conclusively inaccurate. Suicides are not crimes, accidents may be - such as some motor vehicle collisions. Second, as Karen pointed out, there will almost ALWAYS be multiple scenes. In fact, I would say ALWAYS! If the incident involves a person, and a place and a thing -- those are at least three scenes. Driver, intersection and vehicle. Not just the driver, not just the intersection and not just the vehicle. They are all integral pieces of the puzzle - of the investigation. Unfortunately, more often than not, all that is requested is to 'go to the scene' (intersection). If the official investigation were limited to the intersection, the attorney-client would be all over the inadequate and, frankly, incompetent investigation. In your report, document specifically what the assignment and instructions were. Not every time will you get to see each of the integral components - or scenes - but recommend that all efforts be tried. In addition, don't limit yourself (i.e. your investigation and your client's case) to the immediate and instant scenes. Canvas the neighborhood, find other drivers from statements and reports that were at the intersection. I once found a bicyclist who happened upon a scene from no more than a responding paramedic remembering that his friend, the bicyclist, was already on scene giving aid but left before giving a statement.
We have all learned that there are as many variables to an incident as there are witnesses, distractions, attentiveness, and perspective. Every person has various functioning capacities of the five senses. Interviews and investigations should be conducted that inquire into each of these senses. Perhaps a nearby vehicle driver was on the phone and only saw the vehicles impact, but the passenger heard the sounds of skidding and saw the impact. As Karen described in her article, perspective is different, environments change. A four-way intersection has at least four different perspectives. That does not take into account every vehicle, occupant, position, lighting, attention and other important considerations. The investigative and interview process needs to cover each of these.
As private sector investigators, we primarily re-investigate official investigations. There are examples of primary cases conducted by our profession, such as workplace investigations. We will dissect and analyze everything (you do, right?) and are very critical of the official investigation. So critical, that if we find nothing askew, we tell our client (you do, right?). However, in all investigative processes we learn that there are different perspectives from the law enforcement perspective. Their job is ... law enforcement. If they have reason to believe a crime has been committed, that may lead to investigatory measures to determine reasonable suspicion. That is a perspective that many investigators in the private sector do not have. That continues through probable cause and filing of charges. Each person along that path has a perspective -- from the first responding law enforcement officer to the investigator, then to the prosecuting attorney and presiding judge. Ultimately the perspective of the jury may be the final outcome. Our initial concern are that of the investigative process. Without seeing the perspective, accurately or otherwise, of those involved in the official investigation, you simply assist the client with the prosecutor's office or judicial process. Think outside the box, enhance all of your senses, and use all of your education, training and skills. Do not limit your investigation to a preconceived conclusion or goal. If you feel you have found the facts to prove the preponderance of your client's case, that is not enough. It is not enough for law enforcement to reach probable cause, that is making an arrest and charge - hoping for a conviction.
In the private sector we have the advantage of being able to sit back and see the investigative process and evidence from a unique perspective. We are not first responders, under pressure or working a caseload that causes us to lose focus. However, all investigators - public, private, business, etc., all have a responsibility to conduct AND complete the investigative process. All investigators are fact finders and seekers of the truth. We do not decide the truth, that is up to another, but we do intend for our facts to be seen in the same truth by others as we see for ourselves.
##### Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI, earned her Bachelor's in Social Work from Colorado State University (Magna Cum Laude). She is a Colorado Licensed Private Investigator (#PI-502) and also a Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) and certified in Medicolegal Death Investigations. Her background, education and experience with victim advocacy and counseling are valuable assets in working with families and victims of traumatic events.
As a death investigator Karen was involved in the investigations of all manners of deaths and incidents, training under three Forensic Pathologists. From 2004-2006 she investigated and assisted with numerous death cases and scenes, and assisted with forensic autopsies.
Following graduation from Colorado State University was an extensive internship at a youth counseling and rehabilitation facility. She is also a member of the Criminal Defense Investigations Training Council. Karen has been professionally published with 'The Basics of an Autopsy Report' (PI Magazine, Dec 2011) and 'Understanding Suicide and its Prevention – Equivocal Death Investigations' (PursuitMag.com, Dec 2011), ‘False Confessions and Accusations’ (PursuitMag.com, Feb 2012). With Dean she co-developed 'Death Investigation for Private Investigators', an online continuing education course for www.PIEducation.com.
Karen is a member of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council and the National Defender Investigator Association.
Karen enjoys also using her creative mind with painting, drawing and writing - including 'Letters from Yesteryear' at www.LettersFromYesteryear.com. They have two daughters, a granddaughter and identical twin grandsons.
Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities
Revised and Updated 2012
All versions of this eBook can be downloaded from www.ProfessionalLocateInvestigations.comDownload now and save 25% with discount code CW55H
Dean's first published book, the first book for your library, is the self-published 'Professional Locate Investigations' has been completely revised and updated! It is now the first in our new series, 'Professional Investigations' - 'Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities'.
Professional Investigations: Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities - revised and expanded in 2012.
This is an expanded and revised update to the 2006 original 'Professional Locate Investigations'. This is a simple, straight to the point, guide to learning to conduct any type of skip tracing investigation, and use those skills and resources to also conduct any type of background records check or investigation, as well as assets & liabilities records check or investigation.
This book includes the different types of records and resources, how to search them and extrapolate data to further the investigative process. For the first time in this book is a guide to also learning the basics of fact finding investigations and reporting.
This book is written by Dean Beers, a Certified Legal Investigator and Certified Criminal Defense Investigator with nearly 25 years of experience conducting investigations. Karen Beers, BSW and also a Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, is the co-author, making her professional publication debut.
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According to authorities, between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked each year between nations against their will for purposes of sexual exploitation or slave labor. This estimate doesn’t include the millions of others trafficked within their own countries. Despite its international nature, human trafficking is not just a problem for Interpol and federal level law enforcement, but local agencies as well. Victims of human trafficking can be encountered almost anywhere in the world, from child armies in West Africa to massage parlors in small town America. In this five-hour online program, criminologist Tony Attanasio explores the problem of contemporary human trafficking, legal aspects of human trafficking, working with victims, and unique considerations for investigation of human trafficking activities.
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The legal investigator provides checks and balances to ensure that no evidence is being forced upon a theory, and that no theory is being forced upon the evidence. Practical Methods for Legal Investigations: Concepts and Protocols in Civil and Criminal Cases
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