NALPI NEWS

                                                                       

 

THE NEXT NALPI MEETING WILL BE  HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017 AT 11 A.M.

(See the "Next Meeting" link in the menu bar for details)

 

                                                                       

 

July 20, 2017: Officers and board members for the 2017-18 NALPI year have been elected and announced, and are as follows:

President: Brett Brodersen

Vice President: Karla Hall

Secretary: Tracy Huber

Treasurer: James Averill

Chairman: Tom Nesbitt

Western Region Board Member: Paul Wolfe

Central Region Board Member: Steve Koenig

Eastern Region Board Member: Robert Dudash

 

If you wish to contact any officer or board member at any time, their contact information is listed in both the "Members" and "Officers & Directors" pages in the menu bar.

 

Please congratulate these members as they work to serve our membership and the general public in the finest NALPI traditions.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of July 20, 2017

 

Associate General Counsel and Licensing Director David Wilson offered an excellent conversation on, among other subjects, the dual licensing of licensed professional investigators.  Helping to remove any misunderstanding about criteria for dual licensing, and the proper paying of Nebraska sales tax, Mr. Wilson then expanded on the similarities and differences among the plain clothes investigators, private detectives, and private detective agencies.  Mr. Wilson helped the association better understand what options are available to them, and to make sure that all those present are in the proper category of investigators.  Other topics covered during the Q&A session included concerns about investigations and related work sometimes threatening to overlap into the forbidden area of collections, repossessions, occupational taxes, and various applicable legislation that may or may not be pending in the next legislative session and that are potentially relevant to the investigative industry.  Also discussed in great detail was how complaints against investigators are received and handled in the licensing division office, what information is retained in files and what of that information is available to the inquiring public.  NALPI wishes to also take this moment to thank Licensing Director Wilson for taking the time out of his very frenetic schedule to speak to the association on these time-sensitive and extremely relevant issues that can potentially impact all Nebraska licensed investigators, and for his willingness to speak at length on these matters.

 

                                                                       

 

Reminder: July 24th is National and International Private Investigators Day

Eugene Francois Vidocq

Beginning in 2014, July 24th is recognized as National and International Private Investigators Day.  This day has also been formerly adopted and recognized by the National Council of Investigation & Security Services, the World Association of Detectives, the National Association of Legal Investigators, the Association of British Investigators as well as several state associations, governing bodies, and individual private investigators.  

The concept of what is now known as Private Investigator's Day is an event established by Arthur Athas of Private Investigators Now (Melbourne Victoria, Australia). Arthur decided to promote this day annually on July 24th, commemorating the birth year of Eugene Francois Vidocq, the very first private investigator who founded the first known detective agency in 1833. Vidocq's legendary reputation is credited greatly with shaping the way law enforcement and investigations are carried out today.

July 24th is also depicted as "24/7" (the day of the month, followed by the number of the month on the twelve-month calendar) which are representative of the trading hours of an investigative case, reminding that anything can happen at any time.  Together, these hopefully make for an easy date to remember.

There is a general phrase to the term "investigation" which is known as "a search for the truth in the interests of justice and within the specifications of the law." 

Globally, there are tens of thousands of private investigators servicing the private, domestic, corporate and government sectors and continuing to provide a fundamental and vital role in society. 

What can the public do to support "Private Investigators Day?"
Consider
stablishing a connection with a private investigator, have a chat about your case and keep the details handy for future reference. The majority of private investigators are extremely professional, very friendly and happy to assist.

What can private investigators do? 
Promote the event proudly by sharing or copying this information, or link to this page. Make connections and network with other private investigator firms in other states or countries. Consider offering a discount on services for the day, for the week or for the month.

Some agencies are holding picnics and associations are recognizing members that are now deceased.

Special thanks to Dean Beers (of Associates in Forensic Investigations) and our own Stephen Koenig for their input on this bulletin.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of January 19, 2017

The association would like to thank Brooke Sieff, forensic science teacher at Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska, who gave a presentation and spoke at length on forensic learning.  This involved statistics and handouts, as well as exercises designed to test our individual abilities to discern and recall detail.  The results were both entertaining and enlightening, and Ms. Sieff's extensive educational background (degrees in psychology, teaching, and literacy, as well as extensive backgrounds as a teacher, social worker and others) made her an engaging personality who was able to successfully impart information while creating rapport with the audience.  The broader topic itself reminded us how many discplines and applications there are when considering the word "forensics," and how important it is that even licensed and experienced investigators keep their minds open to new ways of learning.  The association wishes to once again thank Ms. Sieff for her time and for willingness to speak at length on these matters.

 

  

Brooke Sieff, teacher, Burke High School, Omaha, Nebraska

 

                                                                       

 

Reminder: 2017 Membership Dues

Membership dues for all active NALPI members for the 2017 membership year are due by 12/31/2016.

Checks should be made payable to:

“Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators”

 

Checks can be given to Treasurer James Averill in person, paid by PayPal, or alternately they can be mailed directly to:

NALPI – The Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators
(Attn: James Averill, Treasurer)
P.O. Box 84601
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-4601

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of October 20, 2016

The association would like to thank Jan Welch and Dan Johnson, owners of Secured Data Services (Fremont, NE), both senior NALPI members, who offered a very significant discussion on the subject of background checks - for employment, by third parties, and along related lines.  The topics included discussions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumer reporting agencies, investigative consumer reports, social media investigations, reference checks, and so on.  They also spoke at length on the role that professional investigators can and do play in the process, and when liabilities may be involved, and also included personal insight gained from various cases in which they were directly involved.  Colored with both humorous and serious personal anecodotes, the presentation was followed by a vigorous Q&A session where members were able to follow up with their own questions.  Good exchanges were made and insights gained from the presentation, and we wish to again thank both of these NALPI members for their time and for their willingness to speak at length on these matters.

 

  

Jan Welch and Dale Johnson, owners, Secured Data Services

 

                                                                       

 

Reminder: July 24th is National and International Private Investigators Day

Eugene Francois Vidocq

Beginning in 2014, July 24th is recognized as National and International Private Investigators Day.  This day has also been formerly adopted and recognized by the National Council of Investigation & Security Services, the World Association of Detectives, the National Association of Legal Investigators, the Association of British Investigators as well as several state associations, governing bodies, and individual private investigators.  

The concept of what is now known as Private Investigator's Day is an event established by Arthur Athas of Private Investigators Now (Melbourne Victoria, Australia). Arthur decided to promote this day annually on July 24th, commemorating the birth year of Eugene Francois Vidocq, the very first private investigator who founded the first known detective agency in 1833. Vidocq's legendary reputation is credited greatly with shaping the way law enforcement and investigations are carried out today.

July 24th is also depicted as "24/7" (the day of the month, followed by the number of the month on the twelve-month calendar) which are representative of the trading hours of an investigative case, reminding that anything can happen at any time.  Together, these hopefully make for an easy date to remember.

There is a general phrase to the term "investigation" which is known as "a search for the truth in the interests of justice and within the specifications of the law." 

Globally, there are tens of thousands of private investigators servicing the private, domestic, corporate and government sectors and continuing to provide a fundamental and vital role in society. 

What can the public do to support "Private Investigators Day?"
Consider
stablishing a connection with a private investigator, have a chat about your case and keep the details handy for future reference. The majority of private investigators are extremely professional, very friendly and happy to assist.

What can private investigators do? 
Promote the event proudly by sharing or copying this information, or link to this page. Make connections and network with other private investigator firms in other states or countries. Consider offering a discount on services for the day, for the week or for the month.

Some agencies are holding picnics and associations are recognizing members that are now deceased.

Special thanks to Dean Beers (of Associates in Forensic Investigations) and our own Stephen Koenig for their input on this bulletin.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of July 21, 2016

The association would like to thank Assistant Federal Public Defender Jessica MIlburn (from the office of the Federal Public Defender - District of Nebraska) for a very insightful and informative presentation on the fundmentals of criminal defense work, and the role that professional investigators can and do play in the process.  Ms. Milburn's fifteen years' worth of experience offered not only extensive knowledge as to the process of criminal defense at the federal level, but also personal insight gained from various cases in which she was involved.  Colored with both humorous and serious personal anecodotes, the presentation was followed by a vigorous Q&A session where members were able to follow up with their own questions.  Good exchanges were made and insights gained from the presentation, and we wish to again thank Ms. MIlburn and her office (more specifically, Mr. Dave Stickman) for their willingness to educate the membership on these matters.

 

 

Assistant Federal Public Defender Jessica Milburn, AAL

 

                                                                       

 

July 21, 2016: Officers and board members for the 2016-17 NALPI year have been announced, and are as follows:

President: Brett Brodersen

Vice President: Karla Hall

Secretary: Tracy Huber

Treasurer: James Averill

Chairman: Don Niemann

Western Region Board Member: Paul Wolfe

Central Region Board Member: Steve Koenig

Eastern Region Board Member: Tom Nesbitt

 

If you wish to contact any officer or board member at any time, their contact information is listed in both the "Members" and "Officers & Directors" pages in the menu bar.

 

Please congratulate these members as they work to serve our membership and the general public in the finest NALPI traditions.

 

                                                                       

 

June 21, 2016: NALPI Senior Member Stephen Koenig article published in Pursuit Magazine

"Spam in a Van: 39 Things a Good Surveillance Operative Knows" is the latest in a series of articles written by Mr. Koenig.  More details on his articles can be found in the "Documents" link.

 

                                                                       

 

June 20, 2016: NALPI Announces New Senior Member Roderick Steven James

NALPI is proud to announce the recent induction of our newest senior member:

Roderick Steven James (Foresight Security Solutions, Inc., Council Bluffs, IA);

 

We welcome this licensed investigator as a proud member of the association, and look forward to seeing him at the next meeting.

 

                                                                       

 

June 1, 2016: Be aware of individuals falsely claiming to be affiliated with the Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators

Our association members, regardless of tenure or current position held, are screened prior to acceptance, and pledge themselves in writing to adhere to high standards of legal and ethical behavior.  However, the possibility always exists that someone may attempt to claim that they are a member when in fact they are not. 

Just as someone can verify an individual's current detective license status through the Nebraska Secretary of State's Licensing Division website (see  http://www.sos.ne.gov/licensing/private_eye/), so an inquiring member of the general public can easily verify if someone is as active association member simply by checking the "Members" link on the NALPI.org website (see left) and searching for an individual alphabetically by his/her surname. 

If you have reason to believe that someone is falsely holding themselves out as a member of the Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators, whether past or present and regardless of what form that representation might take (e.g., verbal, written, printed, electronic, internet, etc), you are encouraged to contact us immediately via info@nalpi.org.  It is irrelevant if that person is believed to be a licensed or a private individual, a detective agency or some other entity; we take all inquiries seriously and any information you provide will be held in the highest confidence.

Thank you for helping to keep the public safe from this type of potential fraud by misrepresentation.

 

                                                                       

 

May, 2016: A recent article by Steve Koenig on the realities of surveillance was published in Pursuit Magazine, and can be found in the "Documents" link in the sidebar, or can be viewed by going to http://pursuitmag.com/inside-baseball-using-stats-surveillance/.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of April 21, 2016

 

The association would like to thank Currently Senior Attorney, Assistant City Prosecutor Michael Winchester, of the City of Omaha's legal department, for the presentation entitled "Looking Back on Thirty Years of Prosecution."  Mr. Winchester's hard-hitting factual and antecdotal presentation explaining the true nature of the process were beneficial to the investigators who can typically only see one side of the process.  The association wishes to thank Mr. Winchester for offering his time and insights into making the presentation.

Attorney Mike Winchester

 

                                                                       

 

April 6, 2016: Private Detective Patricia Walker-Halstead Imprisoned for Defrauding Client

The text of the story, as attributed to the Associated Press and reported in the Lincoln Journal-Star (http://journalstar.com/news/local/), is as follows: 

OMAHA — An Omaha private investigator convicted of fraud has been given a year and a day in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 70-year-old Patricia Walker-Halstead was sentenced Friday to two years of supervised release after she leaves prison and was ordered to pay restitution of $500,000.

Walker-Halstead pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud after prosecutors dropped 10 other counts in exchange.

Prosecutors said she lied to a client about developing evidence and conducting background checks. Court records say Walker-Halstead told the unnamed client she asked a Nebraska State Patrol investigator to help investigate the client's security concerns. She asked her client to give him money because of his financial problems and medical bills. Authorities said there was no patrol investigator on the case.”

NOTE: Walker-Halstead is not now, nor has she ever been, a member of the Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators

                                                                       

 

Reminder: Email addresses are due in the licensing division's office by no later than April 15, 2016

The email address submission is a critical part of the renewing of your license on June 1, 2016.  Please send to sos.licensing@nebraska.gov

 

                                                                       

 

February 1, 2016: NALPI Announces New Members

NALPI is proud to announce the recent inductions of three new senior members:

Robert Dudash (Investigative Services, Inc., Omaha, NE);

Stephanie Todd (Hanks Investigations & Security, Gering, NE);

and Lanny Hanks (Hanks Investigations & Security, Gering, NE).

 

We welcome these licensed investigators as proud members of the association, and look forward to seeing them at the next meeting.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of January 21, 2016

 

Former NALPI board members Steve Koenig and Tom Gorgen offered an excellent joint presentation entitled "40 Years of Surveillance."  While specifics cannot be discussed here as certain elements are considered proprietary and some anecdotal details involve real-life cases, we wish to extend our thanks to both men for offering tremendous insights into their decades of firsthand experience in the realms of law enforcement and professional investigations.  From real-life experiences to equipment to vehicles and techniques, the presentation was a great success and was greatly appreciated.  NALPI wishes to also take this moment to thank both of these men for their years of continued service while serving on the boards of multiple professional associations, in both Nebraska and beyond our state borders.

 

Investigator Tom Gorgen

Investigator Steve Koenig

 

                                                                       

 

Reminder: 2016 Membership Dues

Membership dues for all active NALPI members for the 2016 membership year are due by 12/31/2015.

Checks should be made payable to:

“Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators”

 

Checks can be given to Treasurer James Averill in person, paid by PayPal, or alternately they can be mailed directly to:

NALPI – The Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators
(Attn: James Averill, Treasurer)
P.O. Box 84601
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-4601

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of October 15, 2015

 

We were very pleased to have NALPI's own President Brett Brodersen, of the detective agency The Magnus Group, Inc (Omaha, NE) give his presentation entitled "Deep and Dark: The Hidden Web" and the accompanying video.  The term "Deep Web" is interchangeable with "Ultra Web" and "Dark Web" and refers to those parts of the Internet that are not catalogued or index, or searchable by typical search engines such as Google.  The Deep Web is estimated to be approximately 500 times larger than the searchable "top layer" of the Internet, and is filled with activism, drugs, currency, hitmen, and other material, much of which is objectionable to many people.  Citing multiple real-life examples, the presentation was well received and feedback found it to be very insightful.

The presentation was a great experience for the membership, and much commentary and discussion followed.  President Brodersen was able to shed some light on some of the legal ramifications of entering the Deep Web for curiosity or legitimate investigative purposes, and fostered an open discussion for others who have had similar concerns and/or experiences.  We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank President Brodersen for his willingness to speak at length on this issue.

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President Brett Brodersen

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of July 16, 2015

 

We were very pleased to have Investigator Cindy Koenig-Warnke of the Lincoln Police Department's Technical Investigations Unit (TIU) give her presentation on the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.  Such a person may be vulnerable from age or mental condition or circumstance.  With the average age of persons in Nebraska growing longer, and the rise of "baby boomer" retirees now entering their later years, it is important to hear from a qualified and experienced investigator what the signs and indicators are, especially when considering the odds of complete renumeration to the victims in the example cases being rather small.  Citing multiple real-life cases and following the case progression in a clear and concise step-by-step narrative, the presentation was certainly invaluable.  Being an active participant in these and other "white collar" crimes, Investigator Koenig-Warnke was able to add much personal insight into both the process and the personalities involved. 

The presentation was a great experience for the membership, and much commentary and discussion followed.  Investigator Koenig-Warnke was knowledgeable and friendly in helping to open dialogue and participate in those discussions.  We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Investigator Koenig-Warnke and the Technical Investigations Unit of the Lincoln Police Department for her willingness to speak at length on this issue which, unfortunately, shows no indication of decreasing in frequency.

 

Investigator Cindy Koenig-Warnke

 

                                                                       

 

Officers and Directors for the 2015-16 NALPI year have been announced, and are as follows:

President: Brett Brodersen

Vice President: Karla Hall

Secretary: Bernie Tracy

Treasurer: James Averill

Chairman: Don Niemann

Western Region Board Member: Paul Wolfe

Central Region Board Member: Steve Koenig

Eastern Region Board Member: Tracy Huber

If you wish to contact any officer or board member at any time, their contact information is listed in both the "Members" and "Officers & Directors" pages in the menu bar.

 

Please congratulate these members as they work to serve our membership and the general public in the finest NALPI traditions.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of April 16, 2015

 

We were very pleased to have Investigator Christina Vath of the Nebraska Department of Justice give her presentation entitled "The Helen Wilson Homicide Case: What Do You Think...What Do You Know...What Can You Prove."  With its historical, investigative, analytical and revisional aspects, it was certainly an engaging presentation.  Investigator Vath was involved in the re-investigation of this case, and as such added much personal insight into both the process and the personalities involved. 

The presentation was a great experience for the membership, and much commentary and discussion followed.  Investigator Vath was knowledgeable and friendly in helping to open dialogue and participate in those discussions.  We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Investigator Vath and the office of Attorney General Anderson for both her time and her willingness to speak at length on this case.

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Investigator Christina Vath, Nebraska Department of Justice

                                                                       

 

February, 2015: A recent article by Steve Koenig on the realities of surveillance was published in Pursuit Magazine, and can be found in the "Documents" link in the sidebar, or can be viewed by going to http://pursuitmag.com/surveillance-really/.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of January 15, 2015

 

We were very pleased to have Officer Cassandra Nissen of the Lincoln (NE) Police Department give her presentation entitled "Law Enforcement and Private Investigators: A Cooperative Relationship."  The multimedia presentation was both very entertaining and quite informative.

Officer Nissen, a ten-year veteran with the Lincoln Police Department, is currently attached to a community services unit.  She brought to the presentation her experiences from years of work as a street-level law enforcement officer, and went on to explain some of the inner workings of the police department's structure regarding interaction with licensed investigators, as well as rare insights into how her fellow officers perceive investigators, what they expect and require of them, and how reputation and previous behaviors are relevant factors in the interactive process.  Her experience and insight into the workings of the Lincoln Police Department were of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the audience was equally helpful.

It was not possible for Officer Nissen to answer all of the questions posed to her by the assembled membership, but she remained even beyond her allotted time in order to answer questions.  The presentation was a great experience for the membership, and much commentary and discussion followed.  Positive interaction between law enforcement at all levels, and professional investigators in their various disciplines and capacities, is critical in maintaining efficient and error-free relationships, and Officer Nissen was knowledgeable and friendly in helping to open dialogue and participate in those discussions.  We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Officer Nissen and the Lincoln Police Department for both her time and her willingness to speak at length on these very important issues.

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Officer Cassandra Nissen, Lincoln Police Department

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Crimemapping.com update -  how to receive crime alerts - January 15, 2015

Crimemapping.com is "dedicated to helping law enforcement agencies provide the public with valuable information about crime activity by neighborhood. Our goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better informed citizenry" (source: crimemapping.com).

This service is currently available in Nebraska for the communities of Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island.

Receive crime alerts, register an email address to which you would like information sent, enter the address in which you have an informational interest, determine the radius of coverage for which you want an alert to cover, select the crime type(s), and even choose to learn about sex offenders in your area.

More information can be found at http://www.crimemapping.com

Please click on the thumbnail below to view the higher-resolution image of the flier provided by Officer Cassi Nissen of the Lincoln Police Department.

 

crimemapping.com flier

 

                                                                       

 

Happy 2015!

NALPI wishes to extend its best wishes for a safe and happy new year to everyone!

 

                                                                       

 

Reminder: 2015 Membership Dues

Membership dues for all active NALPI members for the 2015 membership year are due by 12/31/2014.

Checks should be made payable to:

“Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators”

 

Checks can be given to Treasurer James Averill in person, or alternately they can be mailed directly to:

NALPI – The Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators
(Attn: James Averill, Treasurer)
P.O. Box 84601
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-4601

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of October 16, 2014

We were very pleased to have Licensing Director and Assistant General Counsel David Wilson speak to the membership on the status and direction of the state's licensing division.  His presentation (and the following Q&A session) actually ran longer than any other on record with the Association, and the membership was quite engaged .  Mr. Wilson expanded on multiple subjects including office staff, trending subjects, rules and regulations, non-licensed individuals, unlicensed investigators operating within the state's borders, procedures for complaints against licensed investigators, and the denial of new potential investigators seeking to work for an established agency.   

Mr. Wilson's experience and insight were of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the audience was equally helpful.  The presentation was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank him for his time and willingness to speak at length on these very important matters.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of July 17, 2014

We were very pleased to have Becky Deitenbeck of Performance Tech Solutions, LLC (of Omaha, NE) make a presentation regarding on-line marketing for businesses. 

Ms. Deitenbeck explained in great detail how the 21st century requires the use of certain social media sites and techniques for successfully creating and online presence and reputation, and the key strategies for maintaining both.  She offered additional information in her slide show presentation on how to grow an e-mail list, and how to build a marketing toolkit.  Her extensive knowledge was of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the audience was equally helpful.  The presentation was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank her for her time and willingness to speak at length on these critical business solutions.

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Becky Deitenbeck

 

                                                                       

 

Reminder: Licensing renewal applications are due by June 30, 2014

 

The Nebraska Secretary of State - Licensing Division has mailed its renewal packets and they are now being accepted in return.  Private Detective Agencies, Private Detectives, Plain Clothes Investigators, et al should all be aware that renewals must be received in that office on or before June 30, 2014. 

Checks should be made payable to "Secretary of State."

Surety bonds or continuation certificates should be ordered well in advance so they can be properly forwarded with your renewal application.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

 

Secretary of State

Atn: Bess Boesiger, Licensing Division

1445 K Street

State Capitol, Room 1305

Lincoln, NE 68508-2731

 

OR

 

PO Box 94608, Lincoln, NE 68509-4608

 

Direct questions to Bess Boesiger at the Licensing Division office at 402-471-3885.  The office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9am-5pm.

 

                                                                        

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of April 17, 2014

We were very pleased to have professional speaker, author and memory coach Dennis Rourke make a presentation on enhancing memory skills and training the human mind to better utilize the power of recall.

Mr. Rourke, who has presented for companies as diverse and Boeing Aircraft and Union Pacific Railroad, offered insights into memory training and tips that could be employed immediately.  His experience and insight into the working of the human mind and his vast knowledge were of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the audience was equally helpful.  The presentation was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank him for his time and willingness to speak at length on these very important skills.

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Dennis Rourke

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of January 16, 2014

 

The first quarterly meeting of the Association for 2014 was canceled due to inclement weather conditions and in consideration of the related concerns for member safety.  All business scheduled for discussion at the meeting was successfully tabled for discussion at the Q2 meeting in April.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of October 17, 2013

 

We were very pleased to have Vice President of Sales Andrew Hawkins and Engineer Shawn Kasal (both of eDis Forensics, LLC of Omaha, Nebraska) give a two-person presentation on the subjects of behavioral science, information security, and mobile device forensics.

Mr. Kasal, who formerly worked for the Department of Defense, offered insights into both emerging and existing technologies regarding information and privacy, as well as the ability and legal constraints to recovering several different forms and types of data.  His experience and insight into the working of  and vast knowledge were of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the audience was equally helpful.  Mr. Hawkins also offered answers to the membership during the Q & A session and gave a general overview of eDis services.  The presentation was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank them for their time and willingness to speak at length on these very important issues.

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Andrew Hawkins

 

Shawn Kasal

 

 

The posting of an excerpt of this video can be found both here and on NALPI's YouTube channel (NALPI2009).

 

 

                                                                       

 

WARNING!!  Be aware of people claiming "investigator" status in Nebraska who may or may not be licensed

October 9, 2013:

OMAHA – Recently, an unknown individual using the name "Sean Jackson" and claiming to be an "investigator" who was working for a "private source" was reported to NALPI by the director of security of a large business in the greater Omaha area.  This individual made contact with the director by e-mail using an unbranded Hotmail account "seanjacksson@hotmail.com" and attached a picture of a young woman who appeared to be in her late teens/early twenties.  The image was blurry and appeared to have been taken covertly.  "Sean Jackson" requested assistance for the director of security in determining  the young woman's name and identity.  As he claimed to be an "investigator" in the original e-mail, the director contacted our organization to attempt to confirm the licensing status of "Sean Jackson."  With the cooperation and resources of the Nebraska Secretary of State's Licensing Division in Lincoln, it was solidly determined that this individual "Sean Jackson" does NOT hold a current license as either a Plain Clothes Investigator or Private Detective.  No references were immediately available showing anyone with this name affiliated with any licensed Private Detective Agency in the State of Nebraska.

 

This raises the larger issue of identity verification when interacting with licensed versus non-licensed individuals.  The public should be aware that licensed investigators are overseen by the state and must pass thorough background checks, have thousands of hours of relevant experience, and pass written proficiency tests before being issued their licenses.  Understanding the need for verifiable credentials, investigators and detectives are then issued hard plastic identification cards by the licensing division and this identification should be produced for your review upon demand.  The cards show a studio photograph of the investigator, their legal name, license number, identification card issuance and expiration dates, and Private Detective Agency affiliation (if relevant).  On the back of the card is a mailing address and a telephone number (402.471.2385) where an individual's licensing status can be verified during regular business hours.

 

If you have a doubt regarding the validity of someone claiming to be a private investigator of some type, do not be afraid to ask for identification.  A legitimate investigator is accustomed to being challenged on occasion for credentials and they should not offended to offer you verifiable proof of identity and professional status.  If identification is not produced, or if you have doubts that the identification is real, you can call the number listed above or local law enforcement.

 

Individuals holding themselves out to the public as being licensed investigators if they are not are guilty of a Class II Misdemeanor under Nebraska revised statue number 71-2302.  These individuals need to be reported to law enforcement and interviewed to determine their true status and intent.

 

Remember that anyone can "investigate" a matter, because the word itself means to try to find out facts or information about a matter, and people do this every day in their own lives.  But when one goes so far as to claim to be an "investigator" as a title, there are legal considerations and consequences.  Do not be afraid to ask questions before sharing information.

 

Above all, be safe.

- Brett Brodersen, PI, PCI, PIE

President, Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators

                                                                       

 

WARNING!!  Questionable mailer sparks warning from Secretary of State!

(The following is a verbatim excerpt from the official bulletin released by the Secretary of State's office on June 14, 2013):

LINCOLN – A questionable mailer that has made the rounds in several states is starting to show up in Nebraska. It’s prompted a flood of calls to the Secretary of State’s office.

"This is not necessarily new, complaints about this direct-mailer have been reported in other states since last year," explained Secretary of State John Gale. "However this is the first time we’re hearing about it here in Nebraska."

The mailer titled, "2013 Annual Minutes Form", is being sent to Nebraska corporations from a business that calls itself Corporate Records Service. The mailing urges business corporations to file information and send payment in the amount of $125.00 by a certain date in order to maintain proper records.

The solicitations include a reference to the Nebraska Business Corporation Act and they appear official, however, the Secretary of State is alerting Nebraska business entities that this service is not necessary to maintain good standing in the state of Nebraska.

"These letters didn’t originate from our office or any other government agency," said Gale. "Furthermore, Corporate Records Service is not registered to do business in Nebraska."

"Other secretaries of state have posted alerts on their websites regarding these mailings. Unfortunately, businesses are often the target of such scams. Obviously, there’s been a lot of confusion regarding this most recent mailing, as evidenced by the number of phone calls we’ve received in our office in just the past few days."

For more information on fraud and scams targeting business, please contact the Attorney General's office at (800) 727-6432.

Nebraska businesses are reminded that any official notices sent from the Secretary of State’s office will include the letterhead and/or contact information for the Business Services Division of the Secretary of State’s office.

"We hope that by responding quickly to these complaints, we can get the word out that businesses should be watchful for this mailing and disregard it," said Gale.

 

                                                                       

 

Announcement of new NALPI member LaWayne Nissen of Blue Knight Security, Inc., of York

Mr. Nissen's application for membership was voted up after the April 25 meeting, and we offer our congratulations to him.  Please see the "Officers & Directors" link in the sidebar for details.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of April 25, 2013

 

We were very pleased to have Licensing Director and Assistant General Counsel Grace Willnerd, J.D. (of the State of Nebraska, of Lincoln, NE) give her presentation "Private Detective Rules and Regulations Update and Overview" on the subject significant changes to Title 435 the Private Detective Licensing Act Rules and Regulations promulgated on December 31, 2012. 

Ms. Willnerd has been serving in the position of Licensing Director since January of 2011, and has been instrumental in the recent changes to the licensing division.  Her insights and vast knowledge were of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the audience was equally helpful.  The presentation was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank her for her time and her willingness to speak at length on these very important issues.

 

The posting of an excerpt of this video can be found both here and on the NALPI association's YouTube channel (NALPI2009).

 

Below is short video clip from the April 25 meeting.  The video shows Ms. Willnerd's description of her weekly contact with, and monitoring of, the various types of investigators that operate within the state.

 

 

                                                                       

 

Announcement of new NALPI member Bernard "Bernie" Tracy of P.I. Omaha, LLC

Mr. Tracy's application for membership was voted up during the April 25 meeting, and we offer our congratulations to him.  Please see the "Officers & Directors" link in the sidebar for details.

 

                                                                       

 

Recap of NALPI Meeting of January 24, 2013

 

We were very pleased to have attorney and Legal Director Amy Miller (of ACLU Nebraska, of Lincoln, NE) give her presentation "Emerging Issues Relating to Privacy and Civil Liberties" on the subject of civil liberties background checks and, specifics on technologies that are currently in use, including license plate-reading cameras, facial recognition software, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs", commonly referred to as "drones"), all of which are currently in use in the state of Nebraska.  Her insights and vast knowledge were of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the audience was equally helpful.  The presentation was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank her for her time and her willingness to speak at length on these very important issues.

 

ACLU Nebraska is a branch of the national American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) .

 

"The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

These rights include:

Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
Your right to equal protection under the law - protection against unlawful discrimination.
Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.
The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.

If the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled."

(source: http://www.aclu.org/about-aclu-0)

 

The posting of an excerpt of this video can be found both here and on the NALPI association's YouTube channel (NALPI2009).

 

Below are pictures and a short video clip from the January 24 meeting.  The first image is Ms. Miller from the ACLU, the second and third are from the January 24 presentation.  The video shows Ms. Miller's knowledge of the technology issues and their potential impacts, and juxtaposes the American civil liberties and the Bill of Rights versus those same issues in European countries.

 

Please click on the thumbnails below to view the higher-resolution images.

 

Legal Director Amy Miller

 

 

 

                                                                       

 

Reminder: 2013 Membership dues

Membership dues for all active NALPI members for the 2013 membership year are now due.

Checks should be made payable to:

“Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators”

 

Checks can be given to Treasurer James Averill in person, or alternately they can be mailed directly to:

NALPI – The Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators
(Attn: James Averill, Treasurer)
P.O. Box 84601
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-4601

 

                                                                       

 

Announcement of new NALPI member Anthony Infantino of Palladin Consulting Group, Inc.

Mr. Infantino's application for membership was voted up during the October 25 meeting, and we offer our congratulations to him.  Please see the "Members" link in the sidebar for details.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of October 25, 2012

 

We were very pleased to have attorney and business entrepreneur Michael Matthews (of Protec Systems, LLC, of Omaha, NE) speak on the subject of background checks and, specifically, what needs to be known when accepting these types of requests in regards to potential and actual liability risks.  His insights and personal experiences were of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the NALPI membership audience during the presentation was equally helpful, as well as a presentation built around the industry-specific need of understanding how different types of background requests must be considered prior to a commitment to act.  Mr. Matthews' willingness to speak at length on these matters was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank him for his time.

 

The posting of an excerpt of this video can be found both here and on the NALPI association's YouTube channel (NALPI2009).

 

NALPI association members who were unable to attend the presentation at the meeting can request a viewable copy through the Webmaster email link (below).

 

Below are pictures and a short video clip from the October 25 meeting.  The images are from the video presentation itself, first is Mr. Matthews' opening presentation, and the second is from the Q & A session that followed.  The video shows Mr. Matthew's extensive knowledge of when liabilities in a background check may outweigh the benefits of attempting a background check for the purposes of insurance, credit, or employment decisions.  In these cases, Matthews asserts, it is best that the conversation and underlying straight-line relationship remains between the client and the information provider.

 

Please click on the thumbnails below to view the higher-resolution images.

 

Michael Matthews

 

 

                                                                       

 

Election of the 2012-2013 Officers and Directors

Annual elections for the 2012-2013 positions were held at the July 26 meeting, and we offer our congratulations to those who now hold these positions. 

Please see the "Officers & Directors" link in the sidebar for details.

 

                                                                       

 

Update: Recap of NALPI Meeting of July 26, 2012

 

We were very pleased to have handwriting expert and forensic document examiner Sylvia Kessler (of Solutions for Success, Inc, of Omaha, NE) speak to the Association on the topic of handwriting analysis and related subjects during the July 26, 2012 meeting.  Her insights and personal experiences were of great benefit, and the open forum style that allowed for interactive discussions with the NALPI membership audience during the presentation was equally helpful, as well as a presentation built around the industry-specific need of understanding how insightful handwriting can be into the conscious and unconscious motivations of the writer.  Ms. Kessler's willingness to speak at length on these matters was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to once again thank her for her time.

 

The posting of this video can be found both here and on the NALPI association's YouTube channel (NALPI2009).

 

NALPI association members who were unable to attend the presentation at the meeting can request a viewable copy through the Webmaster email link (below).

 

Below are pictures and a short video clip from the July 26 meeting.  The first is Ms. Kessler's studio photograph; the second is Ms. Kessler speaking during her presentation to NALPI; and the third is analyzing real handwriting samples from an actual NALPI member from the audience.  The video shows Ms. Kessler's skills on handwriting analysis and the related psychological underpinnings that illustrate how handwriting links the past, present and potential future of the writer through both physical and psychological phenomenon.

 

Please click on the thumbnails below to view the higher-resolution images.

 

Sylvia Kessler

 

                                                                       

 

Reminder: Membership dues

 

Checks should be made payable to:

“Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators”

 

Checks can be given to Treasurer James Averill in person, or alternately they can be mailed directly to:

NALPI – The Nebraska Association of Licensed Private Investigators
(Attn: James Averill, Treasurer)
P.O. Box 84601
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-4601

 

Members whose dues have not been paid by that time will have their membership status reviewed by the Association’s board and officers.

 

                                                                       

 

Recap: NALPI Meeting of April 26, 2012

 

We were very pleased to have former FBI-trained profiler Gary Plank (of Plank Forensic Services, Lincoln, NE) speak to the Association on the topics of profiling and stalking during the February 23. 2012 meeting.  His insights and personal experiences were of great benefit, and the Q&A session afterwards was equally helpful, as well as a presentation built around the industry-specific need of understanding and dealing with stalkers.  His willingness to speak at length on these matters was a great experience for the members, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his time.

 

Below are pictures and a short video clip from the February 23 meeting.  The first is Mr. Plank's studio photograph; the second and third are Mr. Plank speaking during his presentation to NALPI; and the third is taking questions from the NALPI audience.  The video shows Mr. Plank's skills on threat assessment and stalking.

 

Please click on the thumbnails below to view the higher-resolution images.

 

Gary Plank

 

 

                                                                       

 

Please note: The NALPI website is undergoing periodic updates. Please feel free to send your feedback through the "Webmaster" link at the bottom of the page, or contact President Brett Brodersen directly using his email address, which can be found by clicking on the "Officers & Directors" link in the sidebar.