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California Private Investigator FAQ

California Private Investigator FAQ

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Facts and information pertaining to licensed private investigators in the State of California. www.clcpi.com
Facts and information pertaining to licensed private investigators in the State of California. www.clcpi.com

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Published by: Chris Loomis PI on Mar 07, 2013
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©2012 Chris Loomis and Chris Loomis Consultations
California Private Investigator FAQ 
Q: What does a Private Investigator do?
A: A Private Investigator performs a wide variety of services for their clients. These services include locating individuals, finding
assets or a person or business,collecting video oraudio evidence with surveillance techniques, conducting infidelity investigations to determine whether a spouse is
” or not,
performing background checks,workers compensation claims, conducting bug sweeps and wiretap checks, GPS vehicle tracking, process service,and more. Private investigators use a variety of equipment, techniques, and processes to collectinformation, while accessing databases and files to which the unlicensed general public doesnot have access to, in order to do their jobs.
Q: What kind of training is required for Private Investigators in California?
A: In order to become a licensed private investigator in California,an individual must be at least 18 years of age, have completed at least 6,000 hours (three years) of state certifiedinvestigative work, pass a comprehensive examination, and undergo a complete backgroundinvestigation to show they have no criminal or other past history that would bar them from theduties of a private investigator.Training often consists of hands-on field experience working with another licensed private investigator.Most investigators also have a college degree in the field of criminal justice. Some investigators enter the field with previous military police or lawenforcement experience, or some have a combination of both police experience and militaryservice.Chris Loomis, the Qualified Manager of Chris Loomis Consultations, has a combination of allrequirements. His background encompasses public service including both the fire service andlaw enforcement, work as an insurance consultant and fraud investigator for multiple insurancecompanies, and service in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer. Mr. Loomis is also apublished author on several subjects including surveillance, fraud, and criminal defenseinvestigations.
©2012 Chris Loomis and Chris Loomis Consultations
Q: Do private investigators have access to records not available to the general public?
A: YES. Licensed private investigators qualify for access to databases which are not available to the general public. These services include data aggregators, California DMV records, CaliforniaDepartment of Industrial Relations records, insurance claims histories, and provide much morein-depth and detailed information than what is available on the internet and through retailinformation brokers.
Q: Will my information remain safe and confidential?
A: YES. All information given to a private investigator by a client, as well as information obtained by the private investigator on the client's behalf, remains confidential, and passes only between the investigator and client. There are exceptions to this rule such as if there are illegalactivities being witnessed, or if the investigator has reason to believe that someone involved inthe investigation (either the client, or the person being investigated) is a danger to themselvesor to others. The law that commands a private investigator to keep your informationconfidential is §7539 of the California Business & Professions Code. For more information onother California privacy laws, please visithttp://www.privacyrights.org/ar/callaw.htm. 
Q: Will the person I am attempting to locate be notified?
. Your information and the reason for your locate investigation search will remain privatepursuant to §7539 of the California Business & Professions Code. Private investigators in California have a legal obligation to keep client confidentiality, similar to that of a therapist,doctor, and attorney.
Q: Will the person under surveillance know that they are being watched?
A: A private investigator takes every precaution necessary to ensure that the target of an investigation is unaware that they are being observed. If the person knows they are beingwatched, then the integrity of the investigation is compromised, as the person may not behavenormally. It can also risk the confidentiality of the client's information therefore alerting thetarget to the investigator's purpose is avoided if at all possible.
Q: What can I expect from a consult with a Private Investigator?
A: Most FREE consultations with a private investigator are about finding out what your options are. Those options can help with making a more informed decision on how to take the nextstep. We know you have concerns about letting someone else in on your situation. So when youcontact a private investigator for the first time, whether over the phone or in person, there

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