I started training to be a private investigator on a whim. There was a criminal justice class being offered at the local junior college, and I thought I would give it a shot. I had never been that interested in private investigation training, but I did think that I had the right sort of mind for it. After all, I have always been fascinated by puzzles and mysteries. I didn’t really want to be a police officer, but private investigation training seemed right up my alley. I knew it would give me the chance to see what I thought of law enforcement without enrolling in a full-time police academy.
As it turned out, I liked it a lot. Private investigation training is nothing like you might imagine it from all the cop shows that most of us watch. A private investigators training involves a lot of theory before you get to the glamorous stuff. You have to learn all of the rights and responsibilities of a private investigator, the laws regarding what you can and can’t do, and the basic techniques of the trade. Private investigation training involves little firearms or self-defense practice. If you are going to be a private investigator, you have to handle that stuff on your own. In reality, however, most of the private investigators I know don’t carry firearms all that often. It is not your job to fight it out with the bad guys – you leave that to the police officers.
Private investigation training varies a lot from school to school. Some places give you the minimum training required to get your license, while others like to go above and beyond the requirements to make sure you really know what you’re doing. I personally always like to err on the side of being too prepared. You can never have too much training, but you can definitely have too little. Some people, however, see it differently. There are a lot of folks who want to learn their jobs out in the field. They feel that they don’t need as much training, and would rather get started as soon as possible. For these folks, a more fast-track program is the way to go. Either way, private investigator training is the start of a great career. It is fun, lucrative, and fascinating. Best of all, unlike other law enforcement careers, you don’t have to do what your sergeant tells you. As a private dick, you can be your own boss.