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Top Private Investigator Events to Attend in 2012

  • March 10, 2012
  • by PInow Staff

Whether you're a private investigator with decades of experience or you are new to the profession and just starting out, there are many benefits in being an active association member. At association events and seminars newcomers and experienced professionals can get tips for growing their business, learn more about important legislation changes within the profession and expand their professional network. Industry meetings are a great opportunity to stay informed and share your experiences, and give investigators a chance to swap stories, get to know each other and have some fun. With national, regional and state association meetings as well as "super-conferences" there are many networking opportunities for private investigators in 2012.

National Conferences, Seminars and Meetings

National conferences are important for all investigators to attend. The following events will keep you educated, help you understand what issues the industry and other states are facing and expand your professional network across the country.

National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) 45th Annual Conference

June 7-9, 2012: Chicago, Illinois 
More details to come

For more information and to visit NALI, click here

National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) 37th Annual Conference

April 15-18, 2012: The Westin Washington National Harbor 
More details to come

For more information and to visit NCISS, click here

World Association of Detectives (WAD) 87th Annual Conference

September 3-7, 2012: The Boston Park Plaza - Boston, Massachusetts
The conference will include board meetings, a welcome reception, the past President's brunch, an off site event, seminars, a cocktail mixer and banquet. 

For more information and to visit WAD, click here

Society of Professional Investigators (SPI) Sexual Misconduct Investigations Seminar

March 22, 2012: Forlini's Restaurant - New York, New York
Lisa Friel, a former Chief New York County District Attorney's Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, will educate investigators on what makes sexual misconduct investigations different than other investigations. The seminar will include tips for getting a good first interview and appropriate follow-up steps. 

For more information ant visit SPI, click here

Regional Conferences, Seminars and Meetings

Regional conferences allow private investigators to understand what's going on in nearby areas. Seminars and speakers help investigators stay up-to-date on legislation, technology and current issues within their region.  

Professional Investigators' MidAmerican Regional Conference (IMARC)

March 29-30, 2012: Argosy Casino and Hotel/Spa - Riverside, Missouri  
Presented by the Kansas Association of Licensed Investigators (KALI)
Speaking topics include asset investigations, interviewing and interrogation techniques, ballistics and blood stain analysis, social media, handwriting and document analysis, surveillance with cellular technology and educate to legislate. There will be networking opportunities and training on current issues, techniques and laws.

For more information and to visit IMARC, click here, for KALI, click here

National Council of Investigation & Security Services (NCISS) Annual Hit the Hill Event and Board Meeting

April 11-13, 2012: The Westin Washington National Harbor - National Harbor, Maryland 
Events include Lobbying 101 and a cocktail reception with Legislative Chairman Jimmie Mesis and Legislative Advocate Larry Sabbath. Tuesday includes a legislative orientation breakfast and "Hit the Hill" congressional appointments lunch at the Capital Hill Club and a debriefing cocktail reception. State association leadership workshops will be held on Wednesday.

For more information and to visit NCISS, click here

2012 West Coast Super Conference

June 28 - July 1, 2012: Westin San Diego - San Diego, California
Presented by PI Magazine and hosted by California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI)
Sessions include cellular forensics, how to know a client is lying, trademark infringement and piracy, mining value from recorded evidence and new issues in substance abuse for attorneys and private investigators. There will also be a Newly Licensed Investigator Training and Enrichment course and a morning seminar with PI Magazine's Jimmie Mesis. Other activities include an evening poker tournament, awards luncheon and an evening at the USS Midway. 

For more information and to visit CALI, click here, for PI Magazine, click here

East Coast Super Conference

October 10 - 12, 2012: Tropicana Hotel & Casino - Atlantic City, New Jersey
Presented by PI Magazine, Hosted by New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association (NJLPIA) and Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS) 
More details to come

For more information and to visit the NJLPIA, click here, for ALDONYS, click here


Alabama Private Investigators Association (APIA) Annual Training Conference 
May 19, 2012 (More details to come)

APIA Annual Business Meeting
May 19, 2012 (More details to come)

APIA Meetings
March 17, 2012: Holiday Inn Express - Fultondale, AL
July 21, 2012: (More details to come)
September 15, 2012: (More details to come) 


Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators (AALPI) Meetings
The AALPI Board of Director's meetings are the 3rd Saturday of every month.

For more information and to visit AALPI, click here


California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) Meetings
March 7, 2012: San Joaquin South District Meeting - Bakersfield, CA
March 15, 2012: East Bay and San Francisco District Meetings - Emeryville, CA 
March 17, 2012: Newly Licensed Investigator Training IV - Sacramento, CA
March 18, 2012: Board of Directors Meeting - Sacramento, CA
March 19, 2012: Legislative Day - Sacramento, CA
June 28, 2012: Newly Licensed Investigator Training V - San Diego, CA

For more information and to visit CALI, click here

Southern California Fraud Investigators Association (SCFIA) Annual Conference
November 7-9, 2012: Doral Springs Desert Princess Resort - Palm Springs, CA
The conference, which is only open to professionals who investigate fraud, includes topics like internet investigation trends, pirated counterfeit, auto fraud investigations, getting the best results from surveillance, insurance fraud investigations, arson investigations, computer forensics and many more.

SCFIA meetings are held on the first Thursday of scheduled months. 

For more information and to visit the SCFIA, click here


Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC) Meeting
March 7, 2012: CB & Potts Restaurant - Westminster, CO

For more information and to visit PPIAC, click here


Florida Association of Licensed Investigators (FALI) 18th Annual Conference
May 10-12, 2012: Hilton Cocoa Beach Ocean Front - Cocoa Beach, FL 
Professionals and sponsors will share stories, strategies, trends and technology.

FALI Meeting
March 7, 2012: Gainesville Investigators Meet & Greet 

For more information and to visit FALI, click here

Florida Association of Private Investigators (FAPI) Cruise Weekend
May 18-21, 2012: Aboard Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas

For more information and to visit FAPI, click here


Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators (GAPPI) Spring Training Conference
May 4, 2012: Chattachoochee Technical College - Acworth, GA More details to come

GAPPI Meeting
March 13, 2012: Ryan's Steakhouse - Norcross, GA

For more information and to visit GAPPI, click here


Associated Detectives & Security Agents of Illinois (ADSAI) Meeting
March 29, 2012: J.C.'s Pub & Ristorante - McCook, IL

For more information and to visit ADSAI, click here 


Iowa Association of Private Investigators (IAPI) Conference
July 19 & 20, 2012: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Des Moines, IA
Speakers include Dennis Haley who will discuss cold case investigations. 

For more information and to visit IAPI, click here


Kentucky Professional Investigators Association (KPIA) May Seminar
May 2012 (More details to come)
Topics may include courtroom documentation and writing, preparing curriculum and testifying at trial.

KPIA Meeting
October 13, 2012: Elizabethtown Police Department

For more information and to visit KPIA, click here


Maine Licensed Private Investigator's Association (MLPIA) Meetings
March 21, 2012 General Meeting: Dudley's at the Ramada Conference Center - Lewiston, ME
April 25, 2012 Board of Directors Meeting: Best Western - South Portland, ME
May 16, 2012 General Meeting : Best Western - South Portland, ME
June 13, 2012 Board of Directors Meeting: Location TBD

For more information and to visit MLPIA, click here 


Professional Investigators Alliance of Maryland Meetings
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month, though not in July, August and December.

For more information and to visit the Professional Investigators Alliance of Maryland, click here


Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts (LPDAM) Social Event
March 8, 2012: CBS Scene Restuarant - Foxboro, MA 

LPDAM Meeting
March 5, 2012: Board of Directors Meeting - Quincy, MA

For more information and to visit LPDAM, click here


Michigan Chapter of High Tech Crime Investigation Association (MIHTCIA)
March 21, 2012: University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus - Detroit, MI
The event, which is hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy, will cover mobile device forensics and a case study on cell phone evidence recovered in a homicide investigation.

For more information or to visit MCPI, click here, for MIHTCIA, click here

Michigan Council of Professional Investigators (MCPI) Meeting
April 10, 2012: Lansing, MI (More details to come) 
June 12, 2012: Madison Heights, MI (More details to come)
October 16, 2012 (More details to come) 

For more information and to visit MCPI, click here 

Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (SEMCACFE) 18th Annual Fraud Conference
April 24, 2012 (More details to come)
The conference will feature various speakers covering topics like ethics, data mining, elder fraud, reimbursement fraud and a public corruption case study.

For more information and to visit SEMCACFE, click here

New Jersey

New Jersey Special Investigators Association (NJSIA) 10th Annual Golf Classic Outing
June 6, 2012: The Pebble Creek Country Club - Colts Neck, NJ
The shot gun, scramble tournament will be a great way to network with peers and have some fun.

NJSIA Meeting
March 23, 2012: Pines Manor - Edison, NJ
The meeting is only open to members and covers identifying and investigating staged accidents.

For more information and to visit NJSIA, click here

New York

Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS) Vernon Downs Seminar
April 19 & 20, 2012 (More details to come)

ALDONYS Holiday Party
December 6, 2012: Legend's Sports Bar - New York City, NY
The event will feature a festive atmosphere for those in New York and the opportunity to donate to Toys for Tots.

For more information and to visit ALDONYS, click here 


Oklahoma Private Investigation Association (OPIA) Seminar
March 31, 2012: The Park Inn - Tulsa, OK
The seminar will offer eight hours of Continuing Education Units and includes speakers on statement evaluation, accounting and fraud investigations, crime trends, the intersection of police and private investigation and information on how legislation and titles affect how private investigators work. 

The OKC Chapter meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month. The Tulsa Chapter meets the last Thursday of every month. 

For more information and to visit OPIA, click here


Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators (OALI) Spring Conference 
March 31, 2012: Shilo Inn - Portland, OR
The conference includes 8 hours of Continuing Education Credits, including 7 hours of general credits and one hour of ethics. Speakers will cover topics on legal, practical and ethical considerations for criminal defense investigations, the forensic evaluation of written documents, pretexting, skip tracing, insurance coverage and association updates.

For more information and to visit OALI, click here

South Carolina

South Carolina Association of Licensed Investigators (SCALI) Annual Conference
May 10-12, 2012: Embassy Suites Hotel - Columbia, SC
Hosted by Michael Spane

For more information and to visit SCALI, click here


North Texas Private Investigator (NTPIA) Meeting
March 14, 2012: Midway Point
The meeting will include a speaker on limitations of eyewitness evidence from an investigator who specializes in crash reconstruction, fraud and forensic investigations. NTPIA meets the second Wednesday of every month.

For more information and to visit NTPIA, click here

Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI) Annual Convention
August 2-4, 2012: Crowne Plaza Riverwalk - San Antonio, TX (More details to come)

TALI Meetings
March 27, 2012: Region 2 Meeting - Fort Worth, TX 
April 24, 2012: Region 2 Meeting - Fort Worth, TX 
May 22, 2012: Region 2 Meeting - Fort Worth, TX  
June 26, 2012: Region 2 Meeting - Fort Worth, TX  
July 24, 2012: Region 2 Meeting - Fort Worth, TX 

For more information and to visit TALI, click here


Washington Association of Legal Investigators (WALI) Meeting
Northeast regional meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from September to May in Spokane Valley.

For more information and to visit WALI, click here

West Virginia

Private Investigators & Security Professionals of West Virginia (PISPWV) Annual Training Conference
October 26 & 27, 2012: Morgantown, West Virginia
The conference includes a keynote speaker and closing forum that will cover topics relevant to the security and investigation industries. 

For more information and to visit PISPWV, click here


Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators (PAWLI) Annual Training Conference
March 29-30, 2012: The Radisson Hotel & Conference Center - Green Bay, WI
The conference features a variety of speakers and topics including licensing and insurance, internet searching, how to grow your business, interviews and interrogations and a three part series and workshop on carrying concealed weapons.

For more information and to visit PAWLI, click here

It's important that you don't feel limited to attending national meetings and those within your state. Getting involved in associations outside of your area can help you network, get more business and understand issues that you may be facing in the future. It's also a great opportunity to support newly-formed associations and identify improvement opportunities within your own associations. 

Joining associations is an effective way to fight and support laws, keep up-to-date on important legislation and technologies and to build your professional network. Make sure you mark your calendars with these events to attend.

If your association would like to include their monthly or annual meetings, board meetings or any other event, please send an email to [email protected] with your association name, event dates, description, and meeting itinerary.

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