A warning for any retiring police officer who wants to be a private investigator.

A lot of law enforcement officers think about becoming a P.I. after retiring form the police force and why not?!?

While a patrol officer has a different skill set than a private detective, the experience really translates well into the private sector. Of course a true police detective has a ton of direct experience that he or she can use as a private eye.

So what’s the problem? While most retired cops can meet the experience requirement of just about any state in the U.S., the tricky thing is when the state requires “recent” experience!

The state can define that as 4,000 hours in the last two years. That means if a 20 year police veteran takes six months off after retiring before he applies for his state private investigator’s license, he may find he only have 3,000 hours of experience “in the last two years”!

Don’t let this catch you off guard! If your state has this “recency requirement” make sure you apply for your license soon enough that you still qualify!

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Committed to your success,
Larry Kaye,
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2 thoughts on “A warning for any retiring police officer who wants to be a private investigator.

  1. Have your experience documented. My state required 2,000 hours when I went for my licence. After eight years in the military I should have had at least twice that in investigative time. However I had exactly zero hours documented.

    If it’s not documented it never happend.

    • Hey, Stephen.

      You might try submitting an affidavit where you spell-out and swear to the experinace you have.

      Maybe they’ll accept it, maybe they won’t, but it’s probably worth a shot.

      You can learn more about using affidavits at my blog post here.

      I hope that helps!

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