The Elements of Private Investigation: An Introduction to the Law, Techniques, and Procedures

1st Edition

Anthony Manley

CRC Press
Published October 19, 2009
Reference - 448 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439815427 - CAT# K10791

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  • Offers guidance on proper investigative procedures
  • Emphasizes the many legal and liability issues surrounding investigations
  • Reviews the admissibility of evidence
  • Covers surveillance, wiretapping, interviewing, evidence collection, and case management
  • Provides useful sample forms, procedural checklists, and other reference material in the appendices


In today’s increasingly litigious society, the threat of a private investigator (PI) being hit with a civil lawsuit or even criminal charges is very real. Keeping up with the multitude of laws that impact what investigators can and can’t do—can be daunting—but could prove very costly if ignored.

Emphasizing legal and liability issues, The Elements of Private Investigation: An Introduction to the Law, Techniques, and Procedures provides a comprehensive introduction to the professional requirements, investigative techniques, and legal responsibilities of the modern investigator. It supplies private and corporate security professionals with best-practice investigative techniques, highlights the risks that investigators are likely to encounter, and details what PIs can and can’t do in the eyes of the law. In addition, the book:

  • Details the restrictions placed on PIs as private citizens
  • Reviews the qualifications, licensing requirements, and code of ethics
  • Includes procedural checklists, sample forms, and a list of popular online resources

Providing quick and easy reference to the latest laws and regulations that affect the profession, the time-tested logic offered in this book will help ensure that the evidence you collect will be admissible in court and that the methods you use won’t land you on the wrong side of a civil or criminal case.



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