The Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee released it’s finding on Friday into Private Investigators.
The Report makes a number of recommendations to Parliament, which includes:
1. The term “Private Investigator” be protected for use by those regulated.
2. An introduction of a two-tier system of licensing of private investigators and private investigation companies and registration of others undertaking investigative work.
3. The government is to consider granting privileged access to certain data for licensed investigators.
4. There should be a training regime for investigators based on the knowledge of the legal constraints that govern the industry.
5. The Committee feels that there should be a 12-month cooling off period before a retiring police officer can obtain a licence.
A full copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking here.
Tremark Associates; Managing Director Mark Hodgson said:
”I very much welcome the report and have no doubt implementation will help clean up the industry as a whole, I really hope that the opportunity will now be taken to move ‘Private Investigations’ as a profession to a different level, so that once regulated, professional investigators will be given controlled access to vital data sources such as the Land Registry’s name search facility* for use in fraud or asset recovery investigations.”
“Tremark Associates and other professional investigators are increasingly being employed by the private sector to investigate crime and detect assets for the victims, due to lack of Police resources. Police are often only prepared to look at an alleged fraud or theft until evidence has been gathered by private investigators. If more of these crimes are to be detected in the future then controlled access for licensed investigators is essential. I am however, disappointed that the select committees suggested criteria falls short of the Association of British Investigators** current self-regulation regime. I do not believe that the criteria suggested by the select committee will be enough to persuade government agencies such at the Land Registry in England to allow access, I hope that the relevant agencies are fully consulted and their requirements and concerns are addressed before any final decision with regards to criteria is made”.
*Land Registry searches by name are already publically available in various countries around the EC (including Scotland and Northern Ireland). However, whilst a search of every address is available in England and Wales, only other government agencies or a trustee in bankruptcy are currently allowed to conduct a search by name thus denying English professional Investigators in the private sector a speedy cost effective method in ascertaining how many properties an individual owns.
**Investigators employed by Tremark Associates are members of the Association of British Investigators. The Association of British Investigators is endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales .