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Investigator Training at 2012 PAWLI Conference

  • February 26, 2012
  • by PInow Staff

On March 29th, private investigators in Wisconsin and surrounding states will head to Green Bay for the Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators (PAWLI) Annual Training Conference. The conference, which runs through the 31st, will focus on current issues, education and a return to the basics of investigations. To get more details on what attending private investigators can expect, PInow spoke with PAWLI Vice President Bill Lundy.

2012 PAWLI
Annual Training Conference

March 29 - 31, 2012
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

"We have attendees from Wisconsin, of course, but also Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and, from time-to-time other states,” Lundy explains. He notes that the training, education and networking opportunities have been a big draw for out-of-state investigators in the past. This year's conference will include a banquet on Friday evening with Assistant Attorney General Dave Perlman covering legal updates for private investigators. A vendor fair and reception will precede the banquet.

Highlights from last year

“We concentrate on providing the latest in education and training for our attendees,” Lundy states, “We had numerous comments and accolades on [the 2011 conference] and other past conferences.” Last year’s conference focused on Internet profiling and intelligence gathering, cellular forensics, polygraph resources, threat investigations, ethics, databases and investigating law enforcement misconduct. Michelle Stuart’s presentation on using the Internet as an investigative tool received excellent feedback.

Hot topics at this year’s conference

One of the major issues the conference will address is the passing of Concealed Carry legislation last year. With permits now available, Tom Sipin will present a lecture series on the new law as well as a workshop to ensure Wisconsin investigators understand the laws

“Wisconsin was the 49th state to pass a law permitting citizens to carry concealed weapons,” Lundy says, “Carrying weapons also carries obligations and a need for training.” The PAWLI conference will address some of the major concerns private investigators have with carrying weapons. “We need to teach attendees the ins and outs of the new laws,” Lundy stresses, “There are major issues all the time.  We can’t address them all every year, but we do put a dent in several.”

Speakers and topics

With a strong focus on training and education, this year’s PAWLI conference will host an array of speakers who will discuss important topics. Stuart returns to discuss using the Internet as an investigative tool. “We have had experience finding some of the best speakers in the country on the subjects that are of most interest to our attendees and on the latest information available,” Lundy says, “This year is no exception.”

For topics and speakers, check out the following schedule:


License and Insurance for the Professional Investigator
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.
Criminal Defense
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. with Scott Brehm
Working with the Public Defender’s Office
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. with Cindy Papka
Concealed Weapons Introduction
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. with Tom Sipin
Executive Protection Introduction
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. with Tom Herbert
Surveillance Gear
3:00 - 3:30 with Jim Greenwold
Process Service
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. with Ray Lawler
Certified Legal Investigator: How to Become One and Function of CLI
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. with Rikki Glenn 


Internet Searching
8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with Michelle Stuart
E-Myth: How to Grow Your Business
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. with Bob Clements
Website Development
3:45 - 5:15 p.m. with Candee Gulick


Interviews and Interrogations
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. with Robert Simmons
Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW)
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. with Tom Sipin
How to Obtain Discovery that the Government Doesn’t Want You To Have
1:15 - 2:30 p.m. with Steve Odenthal
CCW Workshop
1:15 - 5:00 p.m. with Tom Sipin
Courtroom Demeanor and Trial Preparation Workshop
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. with Karen and Tom Herbert

Why investigators should attend

“Attending the seminars gives us an opportunity to meet and greet other investigators, communicate, learn new skills and adapt to new techniques.” Lundy explains. Association events also offer a platform for both members and non-members to meet other specialists in their fields and get the latest information that will keep them in business. Association meetings can help educate private investigators on how they can generate more business and become a better investigator. 

The conference will also feature the annual pizza and conversation evening, and a Back to Basics program will focus on educating the growing number of people who are joining the profession. "[Private investigation] is a profession that requires training, education and experienced professionals showing newcomers the ropes," Lundy explains, "We need to provide a solid, quality program that will invite members and non-members to come to Green Bay and spend the time and money it takes to stay on the cutting edge of their fields."

PAWLI is also looking to grow the association this year, and considers the needs of members when organizing association meetings. “PAWLI is all about training, communication among members and providing services to those members," Lundy concludes.

For more information or to register for the conference, click here to visit the PAWLI website

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