Why the Police Should Work with PI Agencies
The police and private investigation (PI) agencies are symbolically bedfellows. That is because the usual tasks of private investigators are often similar to those of the police. The police make sure the law is implemented and when crimes are committed, they make sure to uncover the violations and the violators. For its part, PI agencies also do the same, only that the task is at a different treatment. Private investigators are privately hired and are commissioned to gather data that are favorable to clients. In other words, while the work of the police is objective, that of private investigators’ is subjective, depending on who pays for the service.
The police should at times work hand-in-hand with private investigators because their jobs are generally interrelated. Each could complement the other in many ways. Some private investigators, because of the risk and threats of jobs, are armed with self-defense weapons, although often, some states still prohibit carriage of private citizens of such arms. Private investigators, unlike the police, are private citizens and therefore are not authorized to carry arms the way police do. In that, why would the police and private investigator not work together to protect and complement each other?
PI agencies have specializations. Private investigators hired to cover incidences of theft and crime should first seek assistance and cooperation from the police. There are cases when PU agencies would not be allowed to delve into formal police investigations to prevent subjectivity and bias of results.
By working together, the police and the PI agencies would be able to help each other and make the overall costs of the investigations be minimal.
Combining the resources of both parties would enable practical and logical results. Several states and governments do not allow the practice, but in some countries around the world, the police and private investigators often work with one another. In other societies, however, they compete with each other and are outpacing each other on who would first get information needed and who would be able to attain the more credible and reasonable data.
The police is mandated to do investigations whenever there are incidences of crime. Private investigators are not. They are hired by private individuals to do independent studies and probes. At times, the results of investigations of both parties may differ and initially look as of there are discrepancies. But in the long run, the co-existence between the two can be considered healthy and very helpful to the society.