Nancy Drew drives female empowerment with upcoming TV show and fan convention

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new Nancy Drew is in the works. It will feature the legendary teen detective as a 30-something Nancy Drew as a New York Police Department (NYPD) employee.

CBS Entertainment President, Glenn Geller, stressed the new Nancy Drew will not be Caucasian. CBS Chief, Nina Tassler recently launched Supergirl as part of a female empowerment initiative and Nancy Drew is another step in that direction.

Interest in the teen sleuth is certainly not limited to network television. Her loyal fan base, helmed by Jennifer Fisher has set up the next — More—

What Private Investigators need to know bout “they”

First The Washington Post accepted it. Then the American dialect society made “They” the official word of 2015.

A private eye can now long for the days when they (as opposed to he or she) could infer someone was intentionally concealing a subject’s gender, based on this grammatical transgression.

Confused? Prior to this change, the only grammatically correct way to integrate “they” would have been to use the plural and say, private investigators can now long for the days when they could infer someone was intentionally concealing a subject’s gender, based on this — More—

2016 Colorado Private Investigator dates announced

The annual Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado conference is set to take place from October 6, 2016 through October 8, 2016 in Denver so mark your calendars so mark your calendars.

A range of rates and participation options are available for members and well non-members. Single day options are available, as well.

Although speakers have yet to be announced, past speakers have included — More—

Public records research tutorial available online through Berkley’s multimedia journalism program

Looking to brush up on your public records research skills? A resource is now available thanks to the late Berkley professor, Paul Grabowicz. “For years he wrote and maintained tutorials about public records on the journalism school’s website,” Bay Area New Group Watchdog Column author, Thomas Peele writes, “they remain as a public service, available to all.”

The tutorials can be found here.

They include information on how to research the following:

Police records
Bankruptcy court filings
Financial disclosure statements
Campaign finance reports
Coroner’s reports
How to file a successful FOIA request

Peele equates their significance to that of the old school muckracking citing Ida Tarbell’s reporting on John D Rockefeller and Standard Oil as an example and points out that — More—

Apps for private investigators

By Susanna Speier 
Denver Private Investigator Blogger 

According to the blog maintained by Boulder, Colorado based private investigator software company Trackops, the apps private investigators will find most useful are cloud based and mobile apps that are not specific to the private investigator industry. They recommend  Square for billing, MailChimp for mailing lists and GoogleApps. Sounds familiar?

Trackops also recommends some of the some lesser known apps like Xero for cloud based accounting and ipassword for password recovery.

If you’re looking for apps that cater more specifically to the private investigator industry (rather than general productivity tools) you might want to check out the National Investigative Training Academy instead. The apps they recommend range from Vault (which protects confidential investigative material) to the Hidden Camera detector app.

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What does a 2016 spy salary look like?

by Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

DENVER – According to Indeed.com, the average national PI salary as of January 2, 2016 is $46,000. When we narrowed it down to our region, using the zip code for our Denver based firm, Ross Investigators, we got $44,000.

Payscale.com puts private investigator salaries in the $41000 to $73,000 range depending on experience. Glassdoor.com puts the median at $42,699.

Will a new salary survey for Colorado private investigators be available in 2016? We — More—

Denver detectives: start 2016 with Sherlock Holmes at the SIE Film Center

By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

What better way for a Denver detective to start 2016 than with Sherlock Holmes? The game is afoot. The SIE Film Center screens the broadcast version of Sherlock: the Abominable Bride on the big screen on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at 2810 East Colfax in Denver.

See Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the big screen in a feature length Homes story set in London in 1895. Yes, 1895. The stars of BBC’s Sherlock will actually be solving a mystery without the assistance of a smart phone and Dr. John Watson wont blog the story, for a change.

Sherlock: the Abominable Bride is — More—