Another recent blow to the profession of California private investigators has been delivered courtesy of data information provider TLO. TLO has announced they will no longer provide full social security numbers and dates of birth to segments of the licensed private investigator. Obviously, the federal government’s legislative insensitivity to private investigators is partially to blame. During the past 20 years California private investigators have lost access to DMV address records/information, voter registration records, criminal arrest reports and more. This most recent development by TLO will further restrict California’s licensed investigators from developing and confirming relevant case information.
Adding to this broken system is California’s licensing agency, BSIS, that is licensing convicted criminals, law enforcement’s rejects, (those terminated for misconduct under the color of authority, convicted of crimes, sexual assaults, stalking, drug abuse, fraud, serious civil rights violations, attempted rape and more). One need only examine the Directors backgrounds of the world’s largest private investigation association, California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) to see how low the bar is for licensing in California. And the clinker is that CALI President Michael Julian is “proud” of his Board of Directors. Shame, shame, shame. If this is the best BSIS and CALI can do then we’re rapidly slipping down a slippery slope. No wonder there are the Chris Butlers and Anthony Pellicanos further tarnishing the good names of professional private investigators.
BSIS Director Jeffrey Mason and his predecessors should shoulder a great portion of the blame. His department can’t even seem to get consumer telephone calls answered effectively if that’s an insight to what they do, or don’t do, at BSIS. Without licensing reform many are predicting deregulation of private investigators. It seems now that BSIS is being kept on life support just to maintain a façade of consumer protection and to maintain employment for some bureaucratic employees.
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