By the Denver Private Investigator Blog
Pueblo private investigator Dave Pettinari says there are few resources for those looking to transition to a career in private investigation. So in 2009, he started a LinkedIn Mentoring Group called Mentoring Program for Private Investigators to lend a hand to newcomers. It recently surpassed 800 members from throughout the U.S. and several other countries, and growth has been strong.
Pettinari himself transitioned to being a private investigator after 20 years of working for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, where he specialized in computer forensics. There he served as a commander of a high-tech crimes unit, and participated in the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He and fellow officers arrested 36 online predators.
Today he operates his own business – Tac Forensics – specializing in data recovery.
Pettinari answered some questions for The Denver Private Investigator Blog about the private investigation field, as well as the challenges facing those new to the profession.
Denver Private Investigator Blog: What prompted you to create an online forum to mentor new private investigators? What’s in it for you?
Pettinari: Nothing in it for me, really, other than to give back to the profession. When I started as a PI, our state private investigation association had a list of investigators willing to work with others. But I wanted a more formal way for newbies and even the experienced to meet others in their specialty, ask questions, and learn from one another. I have noticed some real heavyweights in this profession signing up as members of the online forum, and some conversations show the inexperienced are taking advantage of the opportunity to get some tough, and some easy, questions answered very quickly.