Private Investigator Training in Virginia

A new batch of potential P.I.s arrived in for training at the headquarters of SEXTON yesterday morning.

During the first day of training, students learned about the Governmental body which regulates private security in the Commonwealth of Virginia; the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

They also learned about laws governing covert surveillance and voice recording, stalking, GPS tracking devices, interviewing and interrogation, how to open a P.I. firm and the licensing. That all in the first day!

Today, students are receiving a lecture from a court officer on the judicial system, how to properly testify, accompanying a client to obtain a restraining order from the Magistrate, etc.

I would say look out for the new graduates…..but after the top tier training they receive this week, you won’t know who they are!

Private Investigator Training – 2/26 – 3/4/11.


Have you ever considered a career as an investigator? If so, you may wish to avail of training that will allow you to become a State registered P.I.

The Sexton Executive Security Training Academy is certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and all graduates are eligible to become registered as Private Investigators upon successful completion of training.

During the 7 consecutive days of training which run from 8:30am until 5:30pm, attendees will learn; the court system from a County Magistrate, be involved in a practical exercise to assist a client in applying for a protective order, learn how to conduct courthouse and online database research, undercover disguises, how to conduct surveillance and counter-surveillance, how to interview and interrogate, how to start a P.I. business, ethics, rules and regulations, etc.

Once you have obtained your P.I. registration and have been issued with your State I.D., you are able to apply to work for any company you decide upon. As providers of P.I. and E.P. services, we hire our own graduates exclusively, but there are countless opportunities for investigators in many areas.

Federal, State and local authorities constantly recruit full time investigators for Inspector General positions, internal auditing as well as offering outsourced opportunities when conducting background checks, workman’s comp investigations etc.

Seating is strictly limited, so in order to secure your seat, contact our training division at; training@sextonsecurity.com.

Bodyguard and P.I. Training at Sexton Executive Security, Inc.

Training is definitely the theme at Sexton Executive Security over the next 5 weeks. We kick-off our training programs with our certified Private Investigator class from 9/20 – 9/26.

We often receive employment requests from people looking to work as private investigators. Who could blame them – the work is both exciting and rewarding at the same time. Where else could you legally follow someone around all day/night as they drove, shopped, ate, danced, etc., AND get well paid for it? The answer is; outside of Law Enforcement – nowhere.

Private Investigator training is a great background for future careers. In these tough economic times, many people are loooking for security and are seeking out public sector employment. If you do an online search and use phrases such as “investigator”, “inspector”, or “Inspector General”, you will see just how many positions are available with the Federal, State and local government.

Having private sector training from a certified training academy (SEXTON is certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services)can not only qualify you for a current job opening, it can also translate into a higher pay grade and empower you with more responsibility and act as a “fast track’ for your career. One of our graduates from last year’s Las Vegas E.P. training class is a perfect example.

In some other States, you can work as an apprentice investigator until you get licensed, but in the Commmonwealth of Virginia, you must be a registered P.I. before you can conduct an investigation. This means that you must first attend training to become registered.

If you are serious about a career in the investigations field, then you should carefully consider where to attend training. Remember, not all schools are created equal and while some will go above and beyond to teach you everything you need for a solid foundation in the field, others will cut corners and concentrate on their profit from training you.

If you make your choice based on the fact that attending a particular school will save you a couple hundred dollars (we often hear this as a reason), then you are selling yourself short, way short. A couple hundred dollars is one day’s pay. Is your career (which could easily last 30 + years) not worth more than a day’s pay?

At SEXTON, our focus is on you, the student. Our mission statement is to provide a superior training experience, so that you are best prepared for the tasks ahead once you enter the field. As a way of demonstrating how important that is to us, we hire our own graduates to conduct investigations for our clients.

Is there any higher endorsement than to hire those you taught to provide services for your top clients? Even if you are not a resident of VA, you can still attend our highly acclaimed training (one graduate calls us; “The Harvard of P.I. schools!).

The Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)is highly regarded throughout the U.S. and often seen as the premiere regulating body. Schools and courses certified by them are therefore widely accepted by employers and other authorities.

Are we Guaranteed a Job?

We are currently receiving many requests regarding our 7 day Executive Protection training program in Las Vegas from 12/6 – 12/12/09.

One of those people e-mailed me today and asked; “After we finish our training at SEXTON, are we guaranteed a job?” I told him that it was a good topic for a blog, so I hope he’s reading.

My first response is always; “there are no guarantees in life”. Those training schools who are promising jobs upon graduation are probably the very ones who will never send you on a single assignment.

At SEXTON we hire approx. 50% of all of our graduates over the course of time. Not everyone will be hired the first week. We would have a far higher rate of hiring course attendees if the GRADUATES themselves returned phone calls in a timely manner and made themselves more available.

Here is a secret that we tell those who enroll in our courses; YOU are the one responsible for your future and YOU are the one who can ultimately make or break you. In every single class, we have graduates who do not bother sending in their paperwork to become registered and to be able to work legally.

To make matters worse, we are one of the few schools who bring all of the necessary paperwork to the course, show them how to complete it, assist them to properly complete it – making sure they do not make mistakes, fingerprint them and take a digital photograph (that will be required by the Department of Criminal Justice Services to receive the PPS registration).

Bottom line, if you go through our E.P. training program and you are serious about working as an E.P. agent, I guarantee that you will get work.

Of course there is a big difference between “thinking” you want to do this job and actaully doing it.

Do you have what it takes to be a Private Investigator?

Time is running out for those considering a career as a Private Investigator.
We have had more than 100 people looking to be trained as Private Investigators by Sexton Executive Security.

Those who have been accepted into the program come from throughout Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., New York and overseas. Like us, they realize that the field of security offers a level of job security that is next to impossible to find in today’s worsening economic times.

The worse times become, the more theft, embezzlement, employment fraud, workman’s compensation cases will surface. That in turn means more work and more money for trained P.I.s.

I am glad to report that women are finally seeing the great opportunity for them as private investigators. We (and many other companies) have need for Nothern Virginia investigators, Maryland investigators, D.C. investigators and even International investigators.

Unfortunately, if you are thinking of signing up for our last P.I. training course (certified by DCJS)of the year, you will have to settle for having your name placed on the “stand-by” list as the industrious applicants have taken all of the seats already.

It’s a case of “the early bird catches the worm”, or more realistically; “the early to regisiter receives first class training and receives the coveted “SEXTON” stamp of approval!