About VAISS

“The object of this organization is to advance the professional interests and promote the individual and collective welfare of its members, through education, social interaction, association and cooperation, so that we may be better prepared to carry out those duties prescribed for our profession.”

WHAT IS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR?

A Private Investigator is a highly skilled professional who gathers information and verifies facts through research, interviewing, canvassing, records collection/analysis, evidence collection and observation.

Many who choose the Private Investigator field have a background in law enforcement, government investigation or intelligence, the insurance industry, investigative journalism, or the military. More and more are entering the field with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.

Some think that a Private Investigator only conducts matrimonial infidelity investigations, however, this is only a small percentage of what Private Investigators actually do. Private investigators perform an extremely wide range of investigative services. The following is a list of various specialties/types of investigations that a Professional Investigator conducts:

Accident Reconstruction
Alimony Reduction
Arson
Asset Search
Background Checks
Bounty Hunter
Celebrity Protection
Child Abuse
Child Recovery
Child Support / Custody
Child Visitation
Civil Investigations
Competitive Intelligence
Computer Forensics
Corporate Investigations
Covert Surveillance

Crime Scene Investigator
Criminal Defense Investigations
Criminal Investigations
Cyber Investigations
Divorce
Domestic
Due Diligence
Electronic Data Discovery
Executive Protection
Financial
Forensic
Fraud
General Investigations
Homicide Investigations
Identity Theft
Infidelity

Insurance Investigations
Internet Profiling
Judgment Recovery
Liability Investigations
Loss Prevention
Missing Persons
Mitigation Investigation
Polygraph
Pre-Employment Background Searches
Premarital
Process Service
Repossession
Surveillance
Trial Preparation
Workers Compensation
Wrongful Death

Private Investigators often work for law firms or subcontract with public defenders offices where they assist in locating witnesses, serving legal documents and gathering evidence. Private investigators also work for private individuals.  A corporate private investigator performs internal or external investigations, some related to drug use or theft. A financial private investigator may also be a certified public accountant and might assist in investigative services related to large financial dealings. Store private investigators protect a business from theft, both externally and internally.