Security Management Magazine
||"Secrets of Top Private Eyes,"
How to Become a Private Investigator
Reviewer: Johnny May, CPP, CPO
(Certified Protection Officer).
Johnny May is a member of the ASIS Standing Committee on Academic Programs.
Secrets of Top Private Investigators, by Joe Hoover and Anni Adkins.
The best investigators are like the best practitioners in any other
profession. They not only have mastered the fundamentals of their craft, but
they also have developed their unique strengths and talents, which enable them
to improve on these fundamentals. Basic training manuals are, in other words,
only the first step for those who want to excel, but they can be an important
This manual and tape set helps investigators move toward their goal. Beyond
setting out the nuts and bolts of private investigation, it is loaded with
insider tips, strategies, and resources. Four hours of videotape provide
up-close, unrehearsed interviews with some of the top investigators in the
United States. Filmed on location in their own work environments, the experts
explain the many strategies and techniques that they and other top investigators
The manual is divided into six well-organized, easy-to-read sections,
covering everything from finding sources of information to learning to succeed
as a private investigator. Also included are numerous samples of investigative
forms, mail and Web addresses, and phone numbers of some of the best resources
available. Licensing requirements and public records information are presented
for all fifty states.
An unparalleled reference, this set is highly recommended for in-house
investigators and for private firms responsible for training new investigators.
It is also valuable for professors teaching courses on investigations or careers
in criminal justice.
Reviewer: Johnny R. May, CPP, CPO (Certified Protection Officer),
coordinates the Security & Private Investigation degree program at Henry Ford
Community College in Dearborn, Michigan. He is a member
of the ASIS Standing
Committee on Academic Programs.