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FSP 205: Private Investigation and Detective

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March Batch 2024

Last Date to Register : 25th March 2024

The Private Investigation & Detective Online Course by SIFS India is designed by experts and lets you master the skills of becoming a private detective and uncover hidden truths.

You will learn to decode crime mysteries, improve upon your analytical skills, and implement techniques to solve real-world problems.

All the pre-recorded sessions are delivered by experts, and under their guidance, you will become proficient in the dos and don’ts of private investigation.

This course comprises three levels: Level 1 (certificate), Level 2 (diploma), and Level 3 (Post Graduate Diploma), and the entire curriculum is divided among these levels.

A few of the topics you will learn about are: types and principles of investigations, duties of private investigator, investigation tools, relationships with clients, types of privacy, introduction to privileges, confidentiality, and immunities; interrogation techniques, report writing, legal investigation, pretext investigation guidelines, insurance, arson, civil, criminal, and background investigations; process to find missing persons, types of commercial thefts, computer crime investigation, surveillance, and setting up your business.

So enroll now to explore the exciting domain of private investigation by gaining expertise in surveillance, evidence collection, and case analysis.

Course Benefits

Enrolling in this course will empower you with the specialized skills needed to start your career as a private detective. You will gain expertise in how to set up your agency, conduct surveillance, collect and analyze evidence, detect fraud, manage cases involving complex investigations, and collaborate with other experts.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this course, you will become capable of handling a wide range of cases, from background checks to corporate spying. You will gain the expertise required for maintaining carefulness, conducting ethical investigations, and presenting your findings in court or to clients professionally in this ever-evolving field.

Course Highlights

- Pre-recorded sessions highlighting the use of surveillance techniques and evidence collection

- Lectures by professionals with extensive backgrounds in private investigation

- Industry-specific and comprehensive study material and reference books

- Community of private investigators and detectives

- Networking opportunities for better career prospects

  • Level I : Private Investigation & Detective

    MODULE 1 – PRIVATE INVESTIGATION

    In this module, you get an overview of private investigation and its history, private investigation as a career, key attributes to become a successful investigator, types of investigations, and differences between police and law enforcement officers and private investigators. The module also covers federal sources of information, private organizations, and agencies that play a role in this profession, along with the need for a strong ethical foundation.

    MODULE 2 – DUTIES OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

    This module focuses on the principles of investigation and the multifaceted nature of the investigator’s work, covering various areas such as background checks, bounty hunting, bodyguarding, property protection, fingerprinting, and even serving as a witness during legal proceedings. You will also gain insights about the significance of effectively locating sources of information.

    MODULE 3 – TOOLS OF INVESTIGATION

    This module explores essential techniques and tools used in the investigative process, investigative interviews to gather information from the individuals involved in a case, and locating and reviewing public records. You will also learn skills investigators must possess to explore various other sources of information, like online resources, digital databases, or confidential resources. The concept of investigative photography, which helps you learn techniques to capture visual evidence to support your findings, and the use of the polygraph technique for assessing truthfulness and deception are also covered.

    MODULE 4 – INVESTIGATOR AND CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

    In this module, you will learn about the investigator-client relationship and the importance of forming a strong working relationship with clients, including individuals, attorneys, corporations, or international entities. A clear understanding of the client’s requirements is crucial before commencing the investigative work, as such work involves dealing with a lot of sensitive and confidential information. So the significance of strong communication skills is taught in this module. No matter with whom you work, you must customize your approach for each client and maintain the highest standards of professionalism to achieve successful outcomes.

    MODULE 5 – PRIVACY

    This module covers the concept of privacy invasion, different forms of privacy invasion, from physical intrusion to constructive invasions and intrusive investigations, ethical and legal considerations surrounding privacy, public disclosure of private facts, and how to investigate with care and maintain respect for individuals' rights. You will gain insights about the complexities of handling medical records and DNA/genetic records, along with the regulations that govern the handling of such sensitive data during investigations.

    MODULE 6 – INTERVIEWING AND INTERROGATION

    This module covers an in-depth overview of the art of interviewing and interrogation as an investigator. It begins with the concept of interviewing, including objectives, principles, and types of interviewing; the importance of adequate preparation and effective questioning techniques, the initial contact with interviewees, and rapport-building methods as per interviewees’ attitudes.

    You will then be introduced to the process of interrogation, covering its purpose, attitudes, and approaches. You will learn how to deal with deceptive responses with practical suggestions and tips for honing these skills and being able to extract essential information while respecting legal and ethical boundaries.

    MODULE 7 – NOTE TAKING AND REPORT WRITING

    In this module, you will learn the importance of effective note-taking and report writing in the investigative process, the purpose behind taking notes, guidelines and suggestions for taking meaningful and accurate notes, different types of statements (admissions, confessions, depositions, and written), methods of note-taking in different investigative scenarios, guidelines to produce high-quality reports to support legal proceedings, and the need for clear communication and documentation.

  • Level II : Private Investigation & Detective

    MODULE 1 – PRIVATE INVESTIGATION

    In this module, you get an overview of private investigation and its history, private investigation as a career, key attributes to become a successful investigator, types of investigations, and differences between police and law enforcement officers and private investigators. The module also covers federal sources of information, private organizations, and agencies that play a role in this profession, along with the need for a strong ethical foundation.

    MODULE 2 – DUTIES OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

    This module focuses on the principles of investigation and the multifaceted nature of the investigator’s work, covering various areas such as background checks, bounty hunting, bodyguarding, property protection, fingerprinting, and even serving as a witness during legal proceedings. You will also gain insights about the significance of effectively locating sources of information.

    MODULE 3 – TOOLS OF INVESTIGATION

    This module explores essential techniques and tools used in the investigative process, investigative interviews to gather information from the individuals involved in a case, and locating and reviewing public records. You will also learn skills investigators must possess to explore various other sources of information, like online resources, digital databases, or confidential resources. The concept of investigative photography, which helps you learn techniques to capture visual evidence to support your findings, and the use of the polygraph technique for assessing truthfulness and deception are also covered.

    MODULE 4 – INVESTIGATOR AND CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

    In this module, you will learn about the investigator-client relationship and the importance of forming a strong working relationship with clients, including individuals, attorneys, corporations, or international entities. A clear understanding of the client’s requirements is crucial before commencing the investigative work, as such work involves dealing with a lot of sensitive and confidential information. So the significance of strong communication skills is taught in this module. No matter with whom you work, you must customize your approach for each client and maintain the highest standards of professionalism to achieve successful outcomes.

    MODULE 5 – PRIVACY

    This module covers the concept of privacy invasion, different forms of privacy invasion, from physical intrusion to constructive invasions and intrusive investigations, ethical and legal considerations surrounding privacy, public disclosure of private facts, and how to investigate with care and maintain respect for individuals' rights. You will gain insights about the complexities of handling medical records and DNA/genetic records, along with the regulations that govern the handling of such sensitive data during investigations.

    MODULE 6 – INTERVIEWING AND INTERROGATION

    This module covers an in-depth overview of the art of interviewing and interrogation as an investigator. It begins with the concept of interviewing, including objectives, principles, and types of interviewing; the importance of adequate preparation and effective questioning techniques, the initial contact with interviewees, and rapport-building methods as per interviewees’ attitudes.

    You will then be introduced to the process of interrogation, covering its purpose, attitudes, and approaches. You will learn how to deal with deceptive responses with practical suggestions and tips for honing these skills and being able to extract essential information while respecting legal and ethical boundaries.

    MODULE 7 – NOTE TAKING AND REPORT WRITING

    In this module, you will learn the importance of effective note-taking and report writing in the investigative process, the purpose behind taking notes, guidelines and suggestions for taking meaningful and accurate notes, different types of statements (admissions, confessions, depositions, and written), methods of note-taking in different investigative scenarios, guidelines to produce high-quality reports to support legal proceedings, and the need for clear communication and documentation.

    MODULE 8 – LEGAL INVESTIGATION

    This module covers the legal and constitutional aspects relevant to the field of private investigation, the structure of the constitution, the concept of habeas corpus, the role and responsibilities of a legal investigator, types of licenses, including license reinstatement, requirements for training and testing for preparing investigators for their roles, and standards of practice and prohibited acts to maintain ethical conduct.

    The module also explores legal issues like aiding and abetting, restrictions on the use of polygraph tests, witness tampering, trespassing, defamation (slander or libel), and elements related to arrests conducted by private investigators, providing an in-depth understanding of the legal framework within which investigators operate.

    MODULE 9 – INSURANCE AND ARSON INVESTIGATIONS

    This module covers different investigative scenarios, including fraudulent disability investigations, motor vehicle accident investigations and hit-and-run cases, railroad crossing investigations, premise accidents investigations, suicide investigations, and fires and explosions. The module concludes with the concept of accident reconstruction to highlight the truthfulness of the crash while making insurance claims.

    MODULE 10 – CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

    This module covers the intricacies of criminal investigation, the role and responsibilities of investigators within the context of criminal law, the principles of criminal investigation, aspects of burden of proof and presumptions, criminal defence investigation, highlighting the role investigators play in ensuring a fair trial for the accused, fundamental principles of evidence focusing on how evidence is collected, evaluated, and presented in criminal proceedings, and evidence preservation and its forensic significance.

    MODULE 11 – COMMERCIAL THEFT INVESTIGATIONS

    This module focuses on commercial theft investigations, including employee theft (taking money, time, and goods from the workplace with the intention of personal gain), shoplifters and their classification, methods of shoplifting, the significance and principles of retail theft investigations, ways to recognize shoplifters to identify potential threats, and shoplifting preventive strategies.

  • Level III : Private Investigation & Detective

    MODULE 1 - PRIVATE INVESTIGATION

    In this module, you get an overview of private investigation and its history, private investigation as a career, key attributes to become a successful investigator, types of investigations, and differences between police and law enforcement officers and private investigators. The module also covers federal sources of information, private organizations, and agencies that play a role in this profession, along with the need for a strong ethical foundation.

    MODULE 2 - DUTIES OF PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

    This module focuses on the principles of investigation and the multifaceted nature of the investigator’s work, covering various areas such as background checks, bounty hunting, bodyguarding, property protection, fingerprinting, and even serving as a witness during legal proceedings. You will also gain insights about the significance of effectively locating sources of information.

    MODULE 3 - TOOLS OF INVESTIGATION

    This module explores essential techniques and tools used in the investigative process, investigative interviews to gather information from the individuals involved in a case, and locating and reviewing public records. You will also learn skills investigators must possess to explore various other sources of information, like online resources, digital databases, or confidential resources. The concept of investigative photography, which helps you learn techniques to capture visual evidence to support your findings, and the use of the polygraph technique for assessing truthfulness and deception are also covered.

    MODULE 4 - INVESTIGATOR AND CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

    In this module, you will learn about the investigator-client relationship and the importance of forming a strong working relationship with clients, including individuals, attorneys, corporations, or international entities. A clear understanding of the client’s requirements is crucial before commencing the investigative work, as such work involves dealing with a lot of sensitive and confidential information. So the significance of strong communication skills is taught in this module. No matter with whom you work, you must customize your approach for each client and maintain the highest standards of professionalism to achieve successful outcomes.

    MODULE 5 - PRIVACY

    This module covers the concept of privacy invasion, different forms of privacy invasion, from physical intrusion to constructive invasions and intrusive investigations, ethical and legal considerations surrounding privacy, public disclosure of private facts, and how to investigate with care and maintain respect for individuals' rights. You will gain insights about the complexities of handling medical records and DNA/genetic records, along with the regulations that govern the handling of such sensitive data during investigations.

    MODULE 6 - PRIVILEGES/CONFIDENTIALITY/IMMUNITIES

    This module introduces you to confidentiality, privileges, and immunities, highlighting their significance in protecting sensitive information and preserving individual rights. You will learn about various types of privileges, such as attorney-client privilege, marital privilege, doctor-patient privilege, clergy privilege, self-incrimination privilege, litigation privilege, and the concept of privilege waiver.

    The module also explores types of immunities like spousal immunity, parental immunity, and governmental immunity, highlighting the legal safeguards and exemptions that can influence investigations. By the end of this module, you will be equipped with the knowledge to handle complex situations by adhering to the existing rules and laws.

    MODULE 7 - INTERVIEWING AND INTERROGATION

    This module covers an in-depth overview of the art of interviewing and interrogation as an investigator. It begins with the concept of interviewing, including objectives, principles, and types of interviewing; the importance of adequate preparation and effective questioning techniques, the initial contact with interviewees, and rapport-building methods as per interviewees’ attitudes.

    You will then be introduced to the process of interrogation, covering its purpose, attitudes, and approaches. You will learn how to deal with deceptive responses with practical suggestions and tips for honing these skills and being able to extract essential information while respecting legal and ethical boundaries.

    MODULE 8 - NOTE TAKING AND REPORT WRITING

    In this module, you will learn the importance of effective note-taking and report writing in the investigative process, the purpose behind taking notes, guidelines and suggestions for taking meaningful and accurate notes, different types of statements (admissions, confessions, depositions, and written), methods of note-taking in different investigative scenarios, guidelines to produce high-quality reports to support legal proceedings, and the need for clear communication and documentation.

    MODULE 9 - LEGAL INVESTIGATION

    This module covers the legal and constitutional aspects relevant to the field of private investigation, the structure of the constitution, the concept of habeas corpus, the role and responsibilities of a legal investigator, types of licenses, including license reinstatement, requirements for training and testing for preparing investigators for their roles, and standards of practice and prohibited acts to maintain ethical conduct.

    The module also explores legal issues like aiding and abetting, restrictions on the use of polygraph tests, witness tampering, trespassing, defamation (slander or libel), and elements related to arrests conducted by private investigators, providing an in-depth understanding of the legal framework within which investigators operate.

    MODULE 10 - POWER OF ARREST

    In this module, you will gain insights about the intersection of private investigation with law enforcement and the legal boundaries of investigator searches. The module begins with the role and considerations surrounding off-duty law enforcement personnel engaged in private investigations, searches conducted by investigators and their limitations, and how investigators can operate within the legal framework and collaborate with law enforcement bodies when required.

    MODULE 11 - GUIDELINES FOR PRETEXT INVESTIGATION

    This module explores the ethical and legal aspects of investigative techniques used by attorneys and their agents, particularly focusing on the use of pretext, the importance of adhering to American Bar Association (ABA) rules, legal and illegal pretext, the boundaries and responsibilities of legal professionals, and methods to carry out investigations following ethical standards and legal regulations.

    MODULE 12 - INSURANCE AND ARSON INVESTIGATIONS

    This module covers different investigative scenarios, including fraudulent disability investigations, motor vehicle accident investigations and hit-and-run cases, railroad crossing investigations, premise accidents investigations, suicide investigations, and fires and explosions. The module concludes with the concept of accident reconstruction to highlight the truthfulness of the crash while making insurance claims.

    MODULE 13 - CIVIL INVESTIGATIONS

    In this module, you will learn about civil laws, various facets of defense against tort actions, highlighting the importance of a well-informed investigative process in legal proceedings, liquor liability investigations (involving cases of damage by intoxicated persons), professional malpractice investigations (investigating wrongdoing by professionals or businesses that caused damage), and product liability investigations (investigative methods employed to assess the safety and liability of consumer products).

    MODULE 14 - CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

    This module covers the intricacies of criminal investigation, the role and responsibilities of investigators within the context of criminal law, the principles of criminal investigation, aspects of burden of proof and presumptions, criminal defence investigation, highlighting the role investigators play in ensuring a fair trial for the accused, fundamental principles of evidence focusing on how evidence is collected, evaluated, and presented in criminal proceedings, and evidence preservation and its forensic significance.

    MODULE 15 - BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

    This module focuses on various background checks to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of individuals and entities and the significance of these checks in different scenarios.

    Types of background checks include:

    Assets background checks - Checks involving property, financial transactions, vehicles, etc.)

    Business partner background checks - Checks to authenticate the genuineness of the business partner.

    Pre-employment background checks - Checks involve authenticating the reliability of the candidate to help companies make the right hiring decisions.

    Mate checks - Checks prior to marriage to know about the financial, employment, and criminal history of the future partner.

    Self-defence background checks - Checks to authenticate your reliability with no past involvement in any criminal or illegal activities.

    Witness and jury background checks - Checks involving gathering information about individuals who might serve as witnesses during a legal proceeding.

    This module will equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions and ensure security.

    MODULE 16 - FINDING MISSING PERSONS

    In this module, you will be introduced to locating missing persons, the importance of a preliminary interview with the client, the need to gather relevant information, skip tracing to locate intentionally (individuals who have voluntarily disappeared due to any reason) or unintentionally (individuals who have gone missing due to circumstances beyond their control) missing persons, adoption (to trace the history of an individual’s biological parents), and genealogy (study of family history and relationships using techniques like DNA analysis) searches.

    MODULE 17 - COMMERCIAL THEFT INVESTIGATIONS

    This module focuses on commercial theft investigations, including employee theft (taking money, time, and goods from the workplace with the intention of personal gain), shoplifters and their classification, methods of shoplifting, the significance and principles of retail theft investigations, ways to recognize shoplifters to identify potential threats, and shoplifting preventive strategies.

    MODULE 18 - DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIONS AND COURT TESTIMONY

    This module covers the principles and significance of domestic violence, the techniques and responsibilities of investigators, matters involving child custody disputes and ethical considerations associated with such cases, fidelity investigations, which involve marital disputes over suspected cheating by the partner, and the importance of court testimony, highlighting the role of investigators in presenting their findings and expertise in legal proceedings related to domestic matters.

    MODULE 19 - COMPUTER CRIME INVESTIGATION

    In this module, you will learn about the multifaceted domains of computer abuse investigation, including telecommunication crimes and internet-related offences, role of a criminal investigator in uncovering digital misdeeds, the reason behind investigating cyber crimes, the investigative process, including key elements, investigative theories, and foundational principles like the rules of evidence, rules of exclusion, and the significance of physical evidence.

    The module also covers various investigation methods, the importance of narrowing down suspects and utilizing informants, the collaborative roles of law enforcement and government agencies in combating cybercrimes, and the limitations investigators face while handling these complex cases.

    MODULE 20 - SURVEILLANCE

    This module covers the fundamentals of surveillance techniques, principles of general surveillance, various surveillance methods like foot surveillance, fixed surveillance, common carrier surveillance, vehicle surveillance (both single and two-vehicle surveillance), moving surveillance, and the use of tracking devices and video surveillance. You will also learn about valuable tips to enhance surveillance efficacy and exemptions from surveillance practices, such as those applicable to the media, spouses, parents, and law enforcement.

    MODULE 21 - SETTING UP BUSINESS AND MARKETING

    In this module, you will learn about how to establish a successful investigative business, covering its various aspects like the types of investigative services, developing a comprehensive business plan, and addressing key considerations such as location, start-up costs estimation, naming the company, staffing, acquiring necessary investigative equipment, setting hourly rates, determining investigative fees, handling credit applications, establishing a business bank account, exploring alternative financial resources, and working with accountants.

    The module also focuses on crucial aspects of insurance requirements and bonding, the need for strategic marketing planning, market potential assessment, one-on-one marketing, advertising, and promotional strategies, including tips for leveraging print and online media effectively.

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    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India;, all you have to do is write an email at education@sifs.in requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment.  

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to admission@sifs.in.

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    An Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents are received at admission@sifs.in.

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    To login, visit the portal at the given link: https://www.sifs.in/student and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email.

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers.

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in.

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for an online course?

    You can easily access our online course on mobile / tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the online course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at admission@sifs.in, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

Private investigators play a crucial role in solving complex criminal cases. Here we have shared a glimpse of cases solved by a private investigator, Rumore Associates.


Case Study 1

A cosmetics manufacturer of global fame found that a few of its products were continuously stolen and sold at flea markets. Rumore Associates investigators were hired to crack the case. They traced the whereabouts of the stolen stuff and secretly captured the suspects selling at the local markets. These suspects were then tracked, and police were called. They were charged and convicted, and stolen stock was recovered from them and returned to the cosmetic manufacturer.


Case Study 2

A coffee manufacturer observed substantial and regular depletion in coffee stocks. There were rumors of coffee being black-marketed to cafes. Rumore Associates were hired to conduct a secret operation to catch the culprit. With their investigation, the company’s long-time trusted employee turned out to be the thief and was filmed loading the boot of his vehicle with coffee. His family members, too, were involved in unauthorized coffee-selling activity, and on the basis of available evidence, they were charged and convicted.


Case Study 3

An insurance company booked Rumore Associates to carry out an investigation on a man who claimed to have lost 85% of his brain functioning after a car accident. Two simultaneous personal injury claims were filed by him, totaling about $15,000,000. On being investigated, the man was caught and filmed playing cards and soccer, reading, rowing a boat, and driving a motor vehicle. However, the company and man opted for an out-of-court settlement, and the matter was settled at a fraction of the original claim.


Case Study 4

Groups of tickets from a national football organization were acquired and sold illegally at much higher prices than the original by ticket scalpers and marketers. Rumore Associates investigators were roped in to investigate the matter. They formed teams and attended games around Australia to gather evidence in support of unethical selling of tickets and other violations related to ticket selling terms and conditions. With the available evidence, the football organization was able to recover around $250,000 in lost revenue.

Shubhangi Nikhare

4

The course was quite interesting and full of knowledge. The efforts of the instructors made the course successful. A good experience of online cases.

Deputy Heli Nirajbhai

5

It's always better learning physically, but this course proved that even online courses can help you gain knowledge. It was extremely wonderful being a part of such course. Learnt a lot.
Thanking you SIFS.

Tejal Shyamrao Rathod

5

The Summer Training 2020 on Signature Verification and handwriting examination is very interesting and also knowledgeable. This was the good opportunity for me to learn new things about the course I m studying which is forensic science itself , the Sifs staff is making it worth learning. A big thank you from bottom of my heart.

Samiksha Kawade

4

It was very informative course by SIFS. It was a great opportunity for many students to get information and knowledge about Private Investigation and Detective.

 

Instructors

Afreen Tarannum

Afreen Tarannum

Senior Scientific Officer
Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Dr. Ranjeet Singh

Managing Director

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