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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

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Fort Lauderdale Private Investigator

Choosing a Private Investigator in Fort Lauderdale

Have you tried to find a private investigator in Fort Lauderdale? There are literally hundreds of them! Do you ever wonder how so many people got into this field? Well, it seems that a big part of the over-saturation of this market has to do with the fact that up until recently, licensing standards for private investigators in South Florida were very lax. Before the new licensing requirements
were established a few years ago, individuals who were interested in becoming private investigators had to complete a two year sponsorship with an agency and then they would get their license. The interesting part in this whole thing is that some of these people never received the appropriate training while they were being sponsored. This means there are licensed investigators out there who have no idea how to write a report, complete an investigation, or they don’t know anything about state and federal statues regarding privacy laws. The State of Florida decided to minimize the occurance of such mishaps by making it mandatory for investigator trainees to first take a 40 hour course and then pass a test to determine if they are familiar with the state statute that regulates the private investigation profession. This change has helped to filter out any individuals who are not educated on the rules of our field and also (….sadly to say) any individuals who are not able to read and write. It seems that the State of Florida will continue to update their requirements for investigator licensing and hopefully, it will continue to filter out any individuals who are not good matches for this field.

It is important to note that there are many private investigation agencies in Fort Lauderdale that have been around for many years and they only employ trained and experienced investigators. These agencies are to be commended for their standards of excellence and recognized for their commitment to this field. Yet, you as the consumer, have to be able to differentiate between quality agencies and run-of-the-mill agencies, which is not an easy task. The burden is on you to decide who you will do business with. Therefore, it is suggested that before doing business with any agency, you should take the time to do your research. First and foremost, try going to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website and running the agency’s name through their database to make sure that they are licensed. If you would like to take it one step further, you may even contact this department by telephone and inquire about any previous license complaints for the particular agency. Lastly, ask the agency to provide references for you. Although the cases that private investigators work are confidential, most agencies are able to provide a few references of prior
clients who have signed confidentiality waivers. Although this process is tedious, it will surely pay off in the long run.

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