Some investigators new to the business may not be aware of the benefits of private investigator conferences with their colleagues. An investigator may live in a state in which their association is not very active or does not reach the investigative community effectively. We decided to bring this topic to the forefront and provide some helpful information.
What are the benefits of attending a Private Investigation conference?
Every year we support state and national private investigator associations by sponsoring and exhibiting at various conferences and events. We take part in speaking opportunities and show investigators how to improve their businesses and streamline their data and case handling processes by implementing a case management system.
That face to face time and getting to know the investigators important to us and is one of the core goals we set. Our users know we are dedicated to their success and their organizations.
Educational Topics and CEU’s
The conference education agendas are packed with useful topics related to the PI business such as tips on marketing and growing a PI business. Specific topics about many different types of investigations appeal to investigators looking to stay current on their area of expertise or gain insights on other areas. The sessions are almost always approved by the state licensing authority and can be used to satisfy Continuing Education Requirements (CEU’s) that are necessary in some states.
Here is a list of topics being presented at upcoming conferences:
Open Source Intelligence – Marketing – Unmanned Camera Systems – Surveillance -Criminal Defense -Interviewing – Active Shooter Training – Counter Surveillance – Technical Surveillance – Fire and Arson Investigations – Sex Trafficking – Accident Investigations – Digital Evidence – Process Service – Skip Tracing – Death Investigations – Identity Theft – AOE/COE Investigations – Investigative Vendor Lists – Subcontracting – Dark Web Investigations – Surveillance Video Processing – Workplace Investigations – Litigation Support – Harassment and Discrimination – Domestic Investigations – Ethical Investigations.
Each conference typically has a keynote speaker. Earlier this year at a conference in Florida, the keynote speaker was the Deputy Chief of the Orlando Police Department, Orlando Rolon. He was in charge and led the response and investigation of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. Deputy Chief Rolon detailed a firsthand account of the events and shared chilling audio and officer’s body cam video from that night. It was an impactful and educational experience for everyone in attendance.
Networking and Marketing
- The networking often takes place in a casual setting. Sometimes it’s a round of golf at the golf tournament or drinks at the conference reception. Many opportunities to meet others and introduce yourself and your company are available.
- There will be times an investigator is not be able to handle a case for a variety of reasons. It’s beneficial to have a list of people you can call and rely on instead of posting the job to a Yahoo Group and hope the person you have never met handles the case you just gave them appropriately. Conferences provide a great opportunity to meet and speak with other investigators in your state.
Learn about Products and Services
Exhibitors have tables at the conferences and give demonstrations and provide information on the latest products and services available to the investigative industry. There his a huge benefit here as most exhibitors provide discounts to conference attendees which can offset the cost of attending an event. Here is a list of products and services that were present at the last conference:
- Private Investigator Insurance
- Covert Camera Equipment
- Databases Providers
- Information Brokers
- Transcription Services
- Social Media Searches
- Case Management Software
Giveaways and Door Prizes
The associations and exhibitors give away promotional items and door prizes during the conferences. These items include:
- Brochures / Pens / Gifts
- Gift Cards
- Free Services
- Account Credits
If you have never been to a conference, find one near you by clicking here. There is free food and you are guaranteed to learn something new!
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