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!

Would a bodyguard lie under oath for $100?

This may seem to be a strange question. It is not really something I have ever thought of before. Not until today, anyway.

Over the past couple of months, my firm has been protecting some clients who are afraid of the other party in the case. Fairly typical of an Executive Protection contract.

Since I was the first contact which the client had with the company, I decided to make myself available whenever possible. Clients like it when they are not shuttled from one E.P. Agent to another.

One day the other party decided to bring a bodyguard to the meeting. It was completely a case of “monkey see, monkey do”, right down to the monkey who was hired to do the “protection”.

Recently there was a court hearing in the case. I was attending another court and could not be there when the other side called their star witness – the “bodyguard”. I was however, quite shocked to learn that this oxygen thief perjured himself under oath by telling the court he had seen my weapon exposed on one occassion during which time I was protecting my client.

Firstly, it was a pathetic statement – I am afterall a Personal Protection Specialist, registered/licensed/authorized by the Department of Criminal Justice Services to protect clients. As a concealed weapons permit holder, I am authorized to carry a weapon concealed. Finally, being registered as an advanced handgun PPS expert, I can work armed. Being a competitor, he knew all of this.

So why make such a big deal out of it? The answer is quite simple. His client was grasping at straws to do or say something to make our client look bad. What does that tell you? He was paid off to come to court for 30 minutes to lie under oath in an effort to assist his sleazy client and an unethical lawyer.

How much did they have to pay him to soil his integrity and defecate all over whatever reputation he may have had left? I’m thinking not much. I’d say $100 – tops. It’s quite interesting to find out how much a competitor is really worth.

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.

The added value of training

As I prepare the Executive Protection course manual for our upcoming E.P. training program in New York City, later this month, I’m reminded of a recent conversation with one of our graduates from the Las Vegas class last December.

The student had traveled from Oregon, where he is employed as a State Correction Officer. Our graduates come from varying backgrounds – sometime they are already employed on a full-time basis and may be exploring a career change or preparing for retirement.

Other times they are in need of employment, or may already be working in security, but looking to take their career to a higher level. This is a very intelligent strategy, since one can literally go from a position paying $14 or $15 an hour to one paying $25 – $35 an hour domestic ($50 – $70 an hour for overseas assignments).

This young officer contacted me last month to let me know that he had submitted the forms we helped them all to complete – the official government forms from the Department of Criminal Justice Services, which qualifies all of our graduates to become registered as official Personal Protection Specialists (PPS)by the Department.

What he said next should be of special interest to all of those considering taking our E.P. training and who ask; “will my State recognize the training”?

Apparently, Oregon thinks so highly of the Personal Protection Specialist training which is certified by DCJS, that graduating from our Las Vegas training course in December qualified him to receive a higher level pay grade and he has also been awarded a position of security manager.

This of course is all a huge bonus. When he completed our highly acclaimed 7 day training program, the young officer was elated to have gone through the intense course with his fellow colleagues and to have learned philosophies and strategies unknown to him before.

What will your State think of the PPS training? Probably quite a lot, as Oregon already does. The Commonwealth of Virginia regulates the security profession and holds it to a very high standard as evidenced by the establishment of a Government body such as the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The Commonwealth of Virginia is widely regarded as the leader when it comes to regulating private security. Other States who enforce strict regulatory control inlcude; California, Florida and Texas, to name but a few.

Attending a highly respected and proven E.P. training school and becomming registered as a VA PPS, is equivalent to attending an Ivy League collee like Harvard or Yale in the academic world.

That is one of the many advantages of training – taking your career to a higher level and getting on the “Fast Track”. Not only will you learn a wealth of information that will hold you in good stead throughout your career, but you’ll have an ivy league list of contacts that you can call upon for assistance and advice over the years.

Aren’t the TSA Trained in I.D. Identification?

If someone told me this story, I’d have a hard time believing it myself.

I was flying out of State recently and in accordance with regulations, I brought a Government issued I.D. card with me to get through the security checkpoint.

The TSA agent looked at my Department of Criminal Justice Services I.D. and asked if I had any other I.D. such as a passport. I replied that I did not and that I did not need a passport to fly to Florida. I assured him that my goverment I.D. was sufficient.

Apparently he was not impressed by the Govt. issued security I.D. stating my credentials. He told me to step back and let the other people through. He was then joined by a female TSA officer. He whispered something to her about my I.D. and they called for a supervisor.

I was about to tell the supervisor that Goverment issued I.D.s were acceptable forms of I.D., but thankfully he already knew that. He told them to let me proceed.

Are you feeling safe yet?