Archive for September, 2012

Colorado Springs Private Investigations Conference

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado Conference video 

From PPIAC VP of Training Tan Smyth:   This year is a veritable smorgasbord of topics: between October 17th to the morning of Saturday the 20th, we have 14 fantastic speaker presentations.

$200.00 and an RSVP to the PICC seminar is all it takes to join us for this incredible deal.

Take a look at the new events brought to this year’s conference:

PICC– a free day of private investigator training, right before the conference. Marketing your business, Surveillance/Investigator Safety, Database research, the Basics of Skip-Tracing, and FCRA/Permissible Purposes. All that’s required is an RSVP, and a confirmation email to reserve your spot. Hurry, because seats are limited. For more information on PICC, please refer to this link where PInow asked VP of Training Tan Smyth some questions on this training event:

Investigator Panel– This is especially relevant for new people that are trying to figure out a specialty, but aren’t certain, as well as for people seeking to change or add new areas of investigations to their business. We will have a panel of investigators in different areas of specialty, ready to address your questions, such as: what does an insurance defense investigator do? Is surveillance in high demand, and is it advisable for a novice investigator to start with surveillance as a specialty? What do you need to do to become a criminal defense investigator? …and more!

Our latest day ends at 4:30 pm, which means there is still plenty of time for people to enjoy the sights the Colorado Springs area has to offer. Networking is highly encouraged; in this tight economy it’s more important than ever to get your name out there so when people need to refer a job out, they will reach for YOUR business card.

This year’s banquet promises to be a good one: we have Westword’s editor Patty Calhoun as a keynote speaker!

Still not convinced? Our Sponsors and vendors are top-notch:  Tracers Information Systems, Yergey Insurance, IRB, PInow/Servenow, NAIS, and CRC Press will be showing their support and will have tables. We also have advertisers in our conference notebooks; local businesses are also demonstrating support for Colorado PIs. There will be books, gadgets and services galore to help you with YOUR business.

Take advantage of this event and come network with us.

Expanding Your Presence as a Private Investigator

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

In the last several months, the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado has made a push to expand its presence and earn greater recognition across the country. One of the ways PPIAC has done this is by being involved and partnering with other associations, whether they are other state associations, regional associations, national associations, or specialty / certification specific associations.

I recently returned from the National Council of Investigative and Security Services Conference which was held in Boston. PPIAC was represented by several PPIAC members, including past Presidents. There are many reasons why Colorado private investigators should consider attending national investigator association conferences and events. With NCISS, for example, you have an organization which provides an effective voice on federal legislative issues. Also, by attending these events, you can network with investigators across the country. These are just two of the many reasons for being members of and attending events such as what NCISS offers. For more information on NCISS, please visit .

I have often heard of local, small investigator agencies wonder how they can possibly be competitive against national investigative agencies which have investigators available in most if not every state in the US. Being a part of investigator associations, some of which have a national presence, provides an answer to this dilemma. By forming networks with investigators in other states, local investigators can expand their reach. You no longer have to wonder how you can pull a record from a court in California if you have an investigator in that region you can turn to. Better yet, if you get to know the board members of the state associations, CALI being the example of California, you are able to expand your reach to cover literally every city and county of California for which you might ever need to fulfill an investigative request. 

PPIAC’s website now has a page with a list of Colorado’s licensed members. Here is the link to the page:

Last but not least, the PPIAC annual conference is just one month away! Please get your payments sooner than later in if you plan to attend the conference. By doing so, the conference committee can better plan for the total number of attendees. For the latest information on the conference, go to . New this year is the Private Investigator Core Curriculum which will be held on October 17th, one day before the start of the conference. This unique program is free to attend but an RSVP is required. Details are on the conference web page. Thanks for your continued support of Colorado’s professional private investigator association!

Client Confidentiality and Private Investigators

Monday, September 17th, 2012


In this article, Advanced Professional Investigations discusses confidentiality and what it means for a client. When hiring an investigative agency, clients should be aware of the agency’s confidentiality practices. A professional investigative agency, with professional investigators on its staff, will know that maintaining the confidentiality of a case is in the client’s best interest, and to preserve the integrity of the case itself.


An experienced, ethical investigator/agency knows never to reveal the name of the client unless specifically authorized to do so. The agency should also never reveal the name of the subject of the investigation, unless it is to obtain records on the subject.


Though there is no confidentiality clause in the Colorado Private Investigator licensing statute, a professional investigator knows to maintain it and assure it at all cost.


API has, on rare occasions, heard of private investigators who attempted to extort money from either the client or from the intended subject of the investigation. Though this is an extreme example and more likely to happen to a private client who has no attorney representation, it is definitely not out of the realm of possibility.


Advanced Professional Investigations and its employees understand the importance of maintaining client confidentiality on each and every one of the cases we are entrusted to handle! Contact us today for a free consultation.


Private Investigator Training Conference

Thursday, September 13th, 2012


Colorado Springs Private Investigators Conference


Invites YOU…
To the PPIAC 2012 Rocky Mountain Conference
October 17-20, 2012
Antlers Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado

There’s still time to take advantage of the 2012 Rocky Mountain PI Conference! Sign up TODAY to ensure the lowest rates!

Our venue this year is at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, located in downtown Colorado Springs, from October 17-20th. AAA has given the Antlers Hilton Hotel a 4 Diamond rating. New renovations have enhanced this already- luxurious hotel into a truly memorable stay. PPIAC has secured a rate of $130.00/night, with free parking (valet parking is available for an additional fee) available to conference attendees. Mention you are a part of the PPIAC Conference for the special rate. The hotel is rich in history, and has many amenities: an indoor pool, complimentary internet for attendees, a complimentary fitness center, and an on-site micro-brewery, to name but a few. The venue will be held in the tiered-seating learning center.

The downtown location affords stunning views of the mountains, wonderful shopping and dining, as well as nearby entertainment for the whole family. The Antlers Hilton is just minutes away from the Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, Seven Falls, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cave of the Winds, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and many other attractions.

We have several excellent speakers this year, and a banquet with a keynote speaker on Friday night. Our days end early enough for plenty of networking with other conference-goers, as well as sightseeing and exploring the area. Below are the links to the Conference website, the schedule, the speaker bios, and the Antlers Hilton website.

PPIAC is also pleased to present a day-long pre-conference training event, for PPIAC members and non-members alike. This free event is held on October 17th. Attendees must RSVP to RSVP quickly, as seats are limited!
September 1st- October 16th:
PPIAC Members: $200.00 Non-Members: $250.00

October 18th:
PPIAC Members: $275.00 Non-Members: $300.00