There is a difference between being a “good” private investigator and being the “best”. Often students ask the question, what does it take to the best? The first response is, “You must be honest, trustworthy, motivated, and creative”, among other traits. But these are the baseline, or foundational traits required for all investigators. The real question is, “What separates the best investigators from the good ones?”
Here are my thoughts:
In our training for private investigators we teach them how to take effective notes during interviews, conducting surveillance and conducting document research. We teach a few different note taking techniques to allow the investigator to adapt to the situation and their own preferred method.
Why is note taking so important? Notes identify facts, track evidence, improve your memory of information received, and they serve as the basis for your final report.
An experienced investigator commented; "With an empty notebook about the investigation I have nothing."
Here are some techniques to refresh your note taking skills:
Developing and maintaining your note taking skills as a private investigator is critical to your success. It only takes a little time and is invaluable to your investigation.
Pro PI staff
Experienced professionals and trainers.