Ex-police investigator, Private Investigator
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There are times when an ex-police investigator provides you with an advantage. This is especially true of matters relating to criminal defence or civil action; they understand the police brief, and can dissect it, the see where the police deviated from standard practice, or cut corners, as well as where questions should be asked that don't appear to have been asked by the investigating police. It has been noted that both the standard of behaviour, and investigation, have been falling in recent years as Australian police investigators become more politically correct, and focused on computers rather than interaction with people, as well as more rapid promotions of those more focused on rapid promotion than doing their job well! Yes, this is a slight to those police who honestly work to achieve their goals, but it is reflected in the increased work we are seeing and the stories those aggrieved by the process can tell us. Most police services (they were once forces) have moved from face to face, and lessons in a classroom, to computer based training, and 'self paced' learning. Of course the fact that this is cheaper than bringing officers together to exchange ideas and experiences, away from active duty, has nothing to do with it. We have some of the ex-police that moved through the old system, and some of the police that found the lack of service focus, looking after the victims of crime, in the 'new' service depressing.
Some current police have perfected the art of the 'flick' when dealing with the public, where jobs are not recorded, or entered on the system, so don't exist, and evidence is lost. Other police seem to have taken to heart the ethos of treat everyone equally, so treat honest people as if they are criminals, and simple offences like they are crimes, with excessive use of force. How much of this relates to the 'withdrawal' of police from face to face encounters with victims of crime, which are now often recorded by faceless operators over the telephone system, is unknown. Some ex-police become an ex-police private investigator because they are so frustrated with the lack of service, and interaction or independent investigation, permitted by the current computer driven model of policing. Stress is caused by the mind overriding the bodies overwhelming desire to act is a certain way! at times. Australian police have lost the distinction between effective and efficient policing; hence the private investigator, including the ex-police investigator, has become more prominent as a method for seeking truth, the right court outcome, and evidence to support a position, or dispute an allegation.
We should all be aware of the presumption of innocence (and note that it has been eroded by governments who have found a new money spinner in criminal history checks for job applicants, a presumption of guilty until proved innocent), and that someone charged is not necessarily guilty of the offence; this is why we have courts. Some people are charged, especially in high profile cases, because there is a small amount of evidence, and public pressure to arrest. Some are arrested after poor investigations. Some are guilty; some are guilty of something else, some are innocent. Some are charged because it is now common practice to charge, once an allegation is made, and let the court sort it out; this may be more true in cases involving allegations of sexual assault, or sexual assault involving a minor. There is a public outcry when someone ISN'T charged, evidence or not, and trial by media is a threat for some. In some cases inexperienced police, without proper guidance, charge people in circumstances where other actions may be more appropriate, and they don't know how to 'fix' it once the process starts. We conduct our own factual investigations, and private investigator surveillance, to deal with these issues. Surveillance is a large part of what we do, surveillance cannot always be taught, some just don't get it, but the habits that work are often picked up working in related areas like Q Cars, and plain clothes operations, which do assist with personal surveillance techniques.
Some police will lie; some police will fail to search for, or present, exculpatory evidence or witnesses. Some police have been known to throw away the tapes of interview they didn't like, and start again (and one I know of was charged, convicted, then won the appeal over attempting to pervert the course of justice for such actions). Some police will use excessive force. Some police find a small amount of evidence, and proceed straight to court, due to pressure from supervisors and others. We need the police, but somewhere along the line we moved from a society of personal responsibility and rights, to one more akin to a totalitarian state, with a multitude of laws unknown to many and many rights eroded, making compliance a difficult task. We use our ex-police investigator experience, our knowledge or laws and procedures, and our skills in investigation and surveillance, to assist those who believe themselves to be victims of this system, for criminal matters, civil matters, court and tribunal claims, family law and child custody issues, and a myriad of other cases.
We have reached a strange point where spying on people by government entities, for your own good, and safety, is acceptable? Where armed police can intercept vehicles on a whim to see if an offence has been committed, then let you go after you prove you are innocent (it's called a 'random' breath test). You can now be arrest, then interviewed, for an offence, where, a few years back, you were interviewed, then arrested, if there was sufficient evidence. Over the years Australian society has let so many freedoms be removed, without conscious thought, because a marketing campaign told them it was for their own benefit; this has increased the need for experienced private investigators to look at the evidence, conduct their own investigation, and present an alternate view or the exculpatory evidence ignored by police.
We know the damage that the political 'single issue' in isolation focus, and "We'll fix it" legislation by politicians, complete with media opportunities, and three word slogans, has done to both the respect for police and the courts, and the service delivery to the public. We see the impact of police non-attendance at crimes, but requiring people to ring a public servant who reads off a list of questions, to gather information that is entered into a system. We have seen the damage that the focus, and skewing of statistics, to claim driving the acceptable drink driving level down beyond reasonable has done, with older members of the public fearful of leaving their homes, and socialising, then politicians cannot understand why (because two wines, and a small meal, will put a small framed pensioner over, who cannot afford other transport). Now, more than ever, the law is an ass, because we are governed by politicians with no idea, who think the creation of more and more laws is why they are elected.
Ex-police investigators are generally more aware of the laws, rights and responsibilities, as well as how to talk to people to achieve a particular outcome, and encourage people to be involved and become witnesses. We have become a more insular society where the concept of 'good citizen' and personal moral courage have faded, replaced by 'I don't want to get involved', with years of experience these investigators can usually encourage involvement, the giving of affidavits, the stepping up as a witness. Many of us were taught how to investigate by older, experiecned, detectives, when this was a valued skill, not something to be learnt of a computer program. When you need a licensed, experienced, private investigator, to investigate, contact us.