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There is a lot more to the PI world than uncovering who stole the Maltese Falcon! Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0 olarte.ollie @flickr.com

There is a lot more to the PI world than uncovering who stole the Maltese Falcon! Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0 olarte.ollie @flickr.com

Television, books, and movies often feature private investigators as their main characters, perhaps because private investigators are intriguing and sometimes perceived as mysterious or clever. However, as any investigator knows there is a lot more to the PI world than uncovering who stole the Maltese Falcon!

Today's PIs (men and women) are found working with corporations, law firms, and government agencies conducting investigations into legal matters, employment issues, insurance claims, wrongful deaths, corporate security and espionage. The work involves interviewing, surveillance, and public records and data research. Services include verifying people's backgrounds and credibility, finding missing persons, and investigating computer crimes.

Technological advances have led to an increase in cybercrimes, such as identify theft and spamming. Internet scams, as well as other types of financial and insurance fraud, create demand for investigative services, particularly by the legal services industry.

Continuing Education has been offering a five month (bi-weekly) Private Investigation Program for over 20 years and is designed for those wanting to prepare for the WA State Private Investigator licensing exam. Classes are taught by licensed Private Investigators and former Law Enforcement professionals.

This program can lead to a new career or be taken to enhance workplace skills in investigative techniques. Offered once a year, the next program starts on Jan. 24 and runs until May 17, 2015. Call Continuing Education at ext. 2535 if you have any questions, want to register, or would like a program brochure.