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Investigating using image analysis

This week Italian police located a fugitive that had been on the run for 20 years. Gioacchino Gammino, a member of a Sicilian mafia group, had escaped a Rome jail in 2002 and in 2003 was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder committed several…

Interview With Harriet From MyKludo

Harriet Witchell Founder and CEO of MyKludo. In this interview, Paul from Professional Investigators College Australia (PICA), interviews Harriet on her past history as a former Police Officer and her transition into becoming and working as a Private Investigator. Paul and Harriet also discuss MyKludo…

What you need to know about “elementisation.”

It’s elementary: why investigation and compliance officers need to know about “elementisation.” A recent case in the Planning and Environment court (Serratore & Anor v Noosa Shire Council [2021] QPEC 21) highlighted the importance of investigators and compliance officers knowing about “elementising” evidence. And it…

Keeping safe in hostile environments

Local government compliance and investigation officers are on the front line of customer contact. Sometimes, however, this contact is not always pleasant and presents a risk both to the officer themselves and the organisation. While physical and psychological injury is a risk to any customer…

Studying for Online Courses: Strategies for Success

Student life has been adapting to suit the needs and requirements of COVID-19.  The pandemic has affected many aspects of social, economic, and environmental norms.  Students have been forced to face a situation never seen before…. online classes.  Changes in routine and study methods are…

Want to be a Cyber Investigator?

What is OSINT and why do you need it? Professional investigators have a range of tools, skills and resources available to better equip them in their jobs; whether that’s locating someone, investigating fraud, surveillance or interviewing, digital forensics… the list goes on. Most investigators also…

Investigators…what are your ethical “tests?”

The investigation industry is often plagued with controversies regarding ethical concerns; whether it’s the private investigator undertaking dodgy practices conducting surveillance, or the government investigator missing procedural fairness when investigating misconduct. Unfortunately, there’s no standard ethical code for guidance across all investigations and industry groups….

Contemporaneous notes… what, how and why

There used to be an old saying amongst detectives that “if it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen!” One of the most important skills an investigator can have is notetaking.  While it seems commonplace (and common sense), notetaking is often overlooked as being important.  Our…