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;

Introduction to Executive Protection in Las Vegas

There are many people across the United States who wonder what it would be like to be a bodyguard…how much money can you make, what it would be like to work with the rich and famous…

If you have ever considered working as an Executive Protection Agent, you may have researched the type of school you would need to attend for this specialized training. If you did, you probably know that the cost is a few thousand dollars.

For most people, that is a considerable investment – speaking of the short term anyway. Long term – it is little compared to college tuition and after you are certified, you can make a lucrative living and have an exciting career, that many others can only dream about.

If you are considering a career change,taking early retirement, or perhaps know someone who is thinking about Executive Protection as a career, wouldn’t it be better to find out first hand what is involved before paying out money for something that you/they are not even sure might be the right choice?

We think so, that is why we hold E.P. introduction classes in various cities around the United States. Our next Bodyguard Intro class will be held in downtown Las Vegas on 3/20/11. We will share all the “secrets” about being a bodyguard in that class. Attendees may ask as many questions as they need in order to decide if working as an Executive Protection Agent is really for them.

Some of the topics which will be discussed include; how much money you can expect to make – both in the U.S. and overseas (very important when it comes to getting an assignment as you want to be sure you are being paid a fair amount), how to work overseas, how to network and build a list of contacts that will assist you with employment, what a school should be teaching you,what they should be charging you (it is just as bad to pay too little as it is to pay too much), different laws in the U.S., when you can carry a weapon, etc.

This is only a small example of what you will learn during the presentation. The cost to attend the class is $125.00 and is a small investment when you consider it could save you $1000′s. As an added benefit, we will even refund the class fee to anyone who wishes to take our E.P. training in Las Vegas in September or, at any other location within 12 months of the presentation.

Remember, this presentation is not just for our training, but for the Executive Protection profession as a whole. Armed with all of the insider information we will give, you will be in a far better position to make an informed decision on not only where to train and how much to spend, but if this line of work is really for you.

Seating is strictly limited, so to reserve your place in class and to avoid disappointment, e-mail us at; for a registration form today. Unless you would rather go to the introduction seminar in May – but that will be held in Bangkok.

Las Vegas – Introduction to Executive Protection 3/20/11

Sick Spies

Channel 4 in D.C. ran a story on the evening news last night about companies who hire investigators to “Spy” on their employees who call in sick and then use the day to go shopping, golfing and even working for other companies.

We have covered this topic before, so the story itself is not new, but what did seem strange, was the newscasters’ attitudes towards the private investigator who had been hired by the company.

One newscaster shook his head and said something like; “Can you believe that guy, he actually enjoys spying on people…what a job, I don’t know how he can do it”. Which leads one to understand that he condones employees who are dishonest and who call in sick when they are perfectly well and able to go to work.

There are some companies who allow employees to accumulate sick days and to get paid for them if they do not use them. On the other hand, if a company allows a person to call in sick only when they are sick and that person then goes out to the golf course, it is fraud.

If you are such an employer and reading this, you are totally within your rights to take measures which would detect an employee committing fraud. Investigators investigate such cases, they do not “spy”. I wonder if Channel 4 news also condones social welfare fraud or those who fraudulently claim workman’s comp?

It is little wonder that people like Bernie Madoff are allowed to steal billions of dollars in ponzi schemes and the mortgage industry issued loans that they new would not be repaid when we see our newscasters feeling empathy for people with fraudulent intent.

The Profession Needs More Clients like Jennifer Aniston

Sometime you can’t but help feel sorry for celebrities. Take Jennifer Aniston.

Writing for the M&C site yesterday, Isla Harvey reported that Ms. Aniston visited Al Biernat’s restaurant in Dallas last Saturday and had a team of bodyguards “sweep” the inside before entering.

The article then makes mention that four bodyguards protected Ms. Aniston and the cast from her latest movie; “Just Go With It”. The tone of the article is that Ms. Aniston’s safety precautions were “over the top”.

Why would anybody think that a top box office attraction like Ms. Aniston (not to mention she was accompanied by another famous star; Adam Sandler), would not be concerned for her safety?

The writer highlights the fact that the Ambassador to Ireland recently dined at the same restaurant and was only accompanied by one bodyguard. Did they ever stop to think that maybe 99% of the people in the U.S. would not recognize the Ambassador to Ireland if he passed them in the street?

We say congratulations to Ms. Aniston for taking her safety so seriously. She is a brand name and just like Rolex or Gucci will fight to protect their brand, so should she.

Here’s hoping that more clients pay more attention to their security in 2011 and beyond. Here’s also hoping that the media will act responsibly and not belittle someone trying to do the right thing for the sake of a “story”.

Back to reality – we’ll settle for people paying more attention to their security.

Most Fear Latin America

In his article for “Security Management”, Matthew Harwood informs us that Security Directors and other executives view Latin America to be the riskiest region in the world.

This is quite telling when you consider this means that Latin America ranks higher for risk in their minds than the Middle East. On “Mad Money” this evening, Jim Cramer spoke about the huge upside potential that Columbia holds for investors.

According to Cramer, Columbia could have more potential than Brazil, which has been regarded as the “jewel in the crown” of emerging markets. A new focus on countries such as Columbia by corporate executives could spell an opportunity for security consultants and executive protection agents alike.

Keeping Your Edge and Not Letting Your Guard Down

SEXTON Team members provided coverage for a very unique asset at the D.C. Car Show.

Our client recently purchased “Barricade” – the Saleen Mustang specially built for the hit hollywood movie; “The Transformers”. The owner then graciously allowed it to be viewed at the D.C. auto show over the past two weeks.

The client knew every square inch of the vehicle and lovingly pointed out every piece that had Hollywood history attahced to it – such as the three small dents on the lower driver’s door where a stunt man on a bicycle ran into the car in one scene.

At the end of the evening on the last night, preparations were underway to remove the security tape and rope barriers so that the vehicle and others could be driven through the sallyport and out of the D.C. Covention Center.

In a couple of split seconds as “Barricade” was being readied for the drive, a Convention employee came over to the vehicle and sat down against the side of it. This annoyed the client, who had been buffing down the vehicle every day and making sure that nobody got close to it.

One of our Agents was within two to three feet of where the woman decided to sit, so he was able to encourage her to move without much delay. It was however, a good lesson to show that even when a detail may be “winding down”, Agents can’t afford to let their guard down.

Nor should Agents concentrate on trying to profile a threat. By keeping an open mind and open eyes, you will be better prepared for any thing that comes along, in any shape or form. Just because a person works at a facility (how about if they only “appear” to be working?), does not guarantee that they are legit.

Anyone who has ever conducted investigations in the workplace knows that employees often get hired without sufficent (or any) background checks having been performed. At the end of the day, it is the protective Agent who has the responsibility to make sure that a bad guy do not “slip through the cracks”.

Stay alert, stay on point and expect the unexpected.

Speaking without Thinking – a Dangerous Practice

I was in a gun shop the other day buying a new holster. Standing a few feet to the side of me was a clean cut looking guy with some paperwork in his hand. I figured him for a LEO.

The customer asked the gunshop employee at the counter if they had sold a gun to a person. I was talking to the other employee, so I didn’t pay attention if a receipt was exchanged or a register examined. So far, it sounded fairly routine as if he was a person in authority checking out a gun sale.

I was about to find out, in no uncertain terms, why he was there. The next thing I heard him ask was; “Did you show her how to use the gun?” The gunshop clerk answered after about two seconds; “yeah, we showed her how to rack it”.

The guy looked at the clerk in total silence for about four seconds and replied; “it was a revolver”. I could tell by the look on the clerk’s face that he was dumbfounded and completely lost for words. He just stared at the man.

The man then said; “she shot herself with that gun. We found the body yesterday”. Another employee, probably a manager or the owner, appeared from behind the counter and advised the man that they should speak in private in another room. They then left together.

You may be about to send a comment saying that there was no obligation on that gunshop to make sure the person buying the gun was proficient in its use, just as there is no obligation on a car salesman to make sure a person is a good driver when they come in to purchase a vehicle.

Point accepted. There was also no requirement for the person to undergo psychiatric evaluation before purchasing the weapon. The point here though, is that the situation could have been handled in a more professional manner had the clerk taken the time to treat the man in front of him as an individual and provide him with accurate information.

Had the clerk properly checked a sales receipt and went to the trouble of speaking with the employee who sold the gun to the man’s wife/sister/daughter, he would have been able to assist in a meaningful way and not have made that man feel like they were only numbers and there for the store’s bottom line.

We have probably all been guilty of speaking without really thinking at one time or another. Rather than taking a reply for granted or not even caring, it might be a good investment to spend a second or two to consider if what we are about to say, is the right thing to say.

First Interview – First Impression

Most time people go through training with a job in mind. They invest their time and money to obtain a qualification that they hope will secure employment.

In last Sunday’s Washington Post, Michelle Singletary writes in The Color of Money about a survey carried out by The survey involved hiring managers who had had strange experiences with first time interviewees.

The stories that these managers have to tell defy reason. For example, one applicant wore a hat into the interview which read; “Take this job and shove it”. Another winner tossed an empty beer can into a waste paper basket before going into the interview.

While these examples may seem out-of-the-ordinary, we have found similarities between interviews we have conducted and the findings of the hiring managers. For instance, 69% of the managers said that candidates dressed improperly. This is very prevalent. There is no excuse for coming to an interview in a t-shirt and jeans, yet some believe it is appropriate.

Believe it or not, 71% said that candidates answered a cell phone or texted during the interview. Speaking of bad behavior, it might be worth considering the type of information you post on Facebook. This looks to be the case, according to statistics.

A 2009 survey sponsored by Microsoft found that 75% of recruiters and HR personnel were instructed by their bosses to research job candidates online. You might be surprised at the percentage of candidates rejected after online infomation was found out about them. 70% of those recruiters rejected candidates following online research.

Remember when you go for an interview that you are putting your best foot forward. Make the most of it, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Gone but not Dead – Death Fakers

NZherald covers an interesting article by Frances Morton about those who disappear and fake thier own death.

Our special investigation unit often receives requests from clients to assist them in finding people, for one reason or another. Most time, the missing person owes a debt – money borrowed, property illegally sold/stolen, landlord dispute, employee theft/mismanagement,deadbeat dad, witness in a lawsuit, etc.

Other times though, the client is trying to find a missing loved one who ran away or just “disappeared”. As Frank Ahern advises in his book; “Ultimate Privacy: How to Diasappear, Erase Digital Footprints & Vanish Without a Trace”, most women “disappear” to avoid a dangerous situation, while men will fake their own death mostly to escape financial difficulties.

Today’s digital age makes it very diffuclt to disappear without a trace. Most people have become so used to paying by credit/debit cards, having mobile phones and communicating online through various social media sites, that they leave a huge footrpint.

Unless a person is extremely serious and dedicated about vanishing wthout a trace, investigators can locate people through trails they leave behind. Police won’t necessarily be looking for them if they haven’t committed a serious crime, but savvy investigators have access to special databases which can indicate where the person may be hiding.

The moral of the story; if you’re thinking of disappearing, don’t talk about it on Facebook and remember that cash is king.