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PRIVATE DETECTIVES AND INVESTIGATORS
 
Occupation Description:
 
  Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals or organizations to clients, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of rules in private establishment.
 
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Conduct personal background investigations, such as pre-employment checks, to obtain information about an individual's character, financial status, or personal history.
  • Write reports or case summaries to document investigations.
  • Search computer databases, credit reports, public records, tax or legal filings, or other resources to locate persons or to compile information for investigations.
  • Obtain and analyze information on suspects, crimes, or disturbances to solve cases, to identify criminal activity, or to gather information for court cases.
  • Conduct private investigations on a paid basis.
  • Testify at hearings or court trials to present evidence.
  • Question persons to obtain evidence for cases of divorce, child custody, or missing persons or information about individuals' character or financial status.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions..
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience..
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology..
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
 
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Education & Training:
 
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License Authority for Bail Enforcement Agent (Bounty Hunter):  (License details)
 
  Department of Emergency and Public Protection
Division of State Police
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT   006457
(860) 685-8290
email: dps.spec.licensing@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/despp

 
License Authority for Private Detective:  (License details)
 
  Department of Emergency and Public Protection
Division of State Police
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT   006457
(860) 685-8290
email: dps.spec.licensing@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/despp

 
License Authority for Private Detective - Fire Investigator:  (License details)
 
  Department of Emergency and Public Protection
Division of State Police
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT   006457
(860) 685-8290
email: dps.spec.licensing@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/despp

 
License Authority for Private Detective - Security Service:  (License details)
 
  Department of Emergency and Public Protection
Division of State Police
Special Licensing and Firearms Unit
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT   006457
(860) 685-8290
email: dps.spec.licensing@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/despp

 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $61,732.00 $29.67 $19.09 $23.29 - $34.95
Bridgeport/Stamford $55,754.00 $26.81 $14.58 $16.67 - $34.94
Danbury $47,414.00 $22.79 $15.26 $16.32 - $29.03
Hartford $69,960.00 $33.64 $24.58 $29.35 - $36.55
New Haven $55,343.00 $26.61 $19.78 $21.12 - $33.60
Waterbury $58,312.00 $28.04 $16.92 $19.60 - $34.95
      
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