Private investigations covers a wide range of activities. There are many methods of carrying out an investigation. Conducting observation, trailing, interviews, undercover operation and entrapment are some of the methods to gather information and evidence in private investigation. Private investigation is client-oriented.
Private investigators must understand clients’ objectives, and must provide information covering ‘who’ ‘when’ ‘where’ ‘what’ and ‘how’ to meet clients objectives.
A Private Investigator (PI) or Private Detective is an investigator who is not a police officer but carries out investigation work for private cases. In some countries including Singapore, license is required to carry out private investigation work.
Surveillance is monitoring of locations or persons to determine what activities are occurring. Surveillance can be covert or overt. It can be done by IP video cameras or by human eyes. Surveillance skills must be learnt on the filed. It requires street-smartness, resourcefulness, and ability to understand human behaviors.
An investigative interview is a meeting at which subject person is asked questions for the purpose of gathering information relating to an investigation. Interviewer must be flexible, probing, empathetic, and plan ahead before an interview.
Singapore is a clean city. Our government and our criminal justice system is likewise clean and transparent. Private Investigators in Singapore similarly must be clean and transparent.