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Work with educators and field experts – including Executive Director Dr. Scott Belshaw, while earning the Certificate in Professional Private Investigations from PDX of the University of North Texas. This exciting program prepares students to enter the field of private investigations.
Every program is taught by professional faculty, attorneys and practitioners in the field. This curriculum offers over 200 hours of instruction broken down into 10 classes over 33 weeks, including special topics. The program is exclusively online. Call for complete details.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a Certificate in Professional Private Investigations from PDX and be automatically eligible to sit for the licensing PI exam in Texas. (after meeting all other PSB licensing requirements)
Differentiate and understand insurance, fraud, vehicle, product liability and police-involved investigations.
Learn precise and methodical techniques used in the careful collection of information and evidence in a criminal investigation. Heavy emphasis will be placed on understanding crime scene investigation, discovery, and court testimony. Understand the critical importance of communication with law enforcement, civilians, professionals and other subjects in an investigation.
Discuss the sensitive nature of all types of cases, review high profile examples and discuss positive business responses. Discuss and prepare for the responsiveness, creativity and sensitivity that are usually needed in large amounts during these investigations.
An overview of private investigations as a profession.
A review of research practices and sources.
A focus on conducting investigative interviews and on planning, conducting, recording, interpreting, and presenting the results. Learn best practices and real time in-class research.
Principles of law and the role of private investigators.
Explore what it takes to establish and structure a private investigation business, and how to work with clients and other professionals in the field. Review Section 1702 of the Texas Occupation Code, the Rules and regulations of the Private Security Board and DPS. Review client Interaction, creating partnerships and networks with law enforcement, other professional investigators, and those within the legal field.
Learn how to help companies as well as individuals protect themselves in the marketplace and on the street. Review and understand the rules and regulations surrounding the obtaining of information, how it is obtained and how it is then communicated effectively to the client.
Have the opportunity to overview many of the most intriguing PI topics in our Special Topics Classes, with separate presentations on each individual topic. Topics may include: Asset Investigations; Bail Enforcement Investigations; Beginning Photography & Media; Computer Crimes & Internet Investigations; Executive Protection; Forensic & Crime Scene Investigation; Loss Prevention Basics and Physical Security; Missing Persons; SIU – Accident Reconstruction; Fraud & Forensic Accounting; Arson Investigation; Nursing Home/Elder Care Investigations; and Electronic Countermeasures / TSCM / Debugging.
Understand how observation and description are related to investigations. Includes sections on surveillance and undercover/covert operations.
Dr. Belshaw holds a Ph.D in Juvenile Criminal Justice. He is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas and Director or UNT’s Cyber Forensics Lab. His primary investigative experience is in criminal investigations. He is an expert in the field of criminal mitigation and investigations.
Ms. Hewitt is a UNT graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and is a Texas Licensed Private Investigator. She spent years as a criminal investigator and as a staff investigator with a civil law firm. She graduated from East Texas Police Academy and has her Basic and Intermediate Peace Officer certificates. She served as President and Chairman of the Board of Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, is a member of the Public Affairs and Community Service board of UNT. She obtained the distinction of Texas Certified Investigator.
Mr. Wall has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas. He is a lecturer at the University of North Texas and was formerly an adjunct instructor at Tarrant County College. He is also a retired police officer with more than 28 years service with the Grapevine and Haltom City Police Departments. His law enforcement experience includes investigations, crime scene search, traffic investigation and reconstruction. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminology at the University of Texas-Dallas.
Mr. Ramirez, QL TT University of Oxford, Ox Brooks, has taught law, as an adjunct law professor, at Texas Southern University’s law school for several years. He is the author of the “Texas Traffic Ticket Dismissal” book. He has been a Chief Prosecutor, a Chief Public Defender in Webb County, as well as Chief of the Harris County Public Defenders Mental Health Division. He has held the position of corporate counsel for the Texas Mexican Railway, as well as other transportation and Fortune 500 companies. He has also represented investigatory and security entities. He currently practices civil and criminal law in Houston and holds the position of chief counsel to the Mexican American Sheriffs Association in Harris County, Texas.
Jimmie Mesis is one of the most recognized private investigators in the world. He has created three investigative agencies. He owns a marketing consulting firm and several Internet based companies. He and his wife Rosemarie own PI Magazine. Jimmie sits on the Board for the National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS).
Sonja Raffeet/Research World Unlimited
Clyde Burleson/Attorney at Law
Jim Bearden/Jim Bearden & Associates, PLLC
George Cervantes/Cervantes & Associates, Inc.
If you have any questions about the program or the registration process, please contact us by phone at (940) 369-7363 or by email at PDX@unt.edu.