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SC Private Investigators Sharpen Their Skills in Spartanburg

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The South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators (SCALI) held its 28th Annual Education Conference & Seminar Friday. The Spartanburg Marriott was host to more than 150 private investigators who worked to sharpen their skills and learn about the latest technology.

The organization said the Conference will be hosted by Carolina Investigations, Inc., a Spartanburg based private investigation firm.  The program will provides continuing education credits for currently licensed private investigators in S.C. or anyone interested in becoming a private investigator in S.C.   Topics include updates on Family Court rules, criminal trials, using mobile phone technology, GPS technology, surveillance techniques, SLED presentation.

"New technology is important to stay up on, especially with cell phones everywhere now," said Donald Kneece of Kneece Investigations. 

Kneece sells hidden cameras that are implanted in reading glasses, cell phones and even power cords. 

Private investigator Vicki Childs owns her own company called Blazer and said the new technology helps them do their job faster and helps save you money. She explained that investigators also work with local law enforcement to do what they are lacking the time and resources to.

"We might go interview the police officer and say hey what was it really like, what happened that might not be in your report or what can you tell us about the community," said Childs. 

Investigators told 7 On Your Side that the best way to find a private investigator that will work for you would be by referral. You can also search online or contact a law firm you trust for a typically unbiased opinion.

You can call The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Regulatory Division for information to find out if the PI you want to hire is certified. SLED is the organization who certifies all PI's in SC.That number is (803) 896-7015.

This will be the second time SCALI has held its Annual Conference in the Upstate (2009 Greenville, SC).  The South Carolina Attorney General, Alan Wilson was the keynote speaker.

SCALI is a statewide association for private investigators that promotes professionalism, ethics and continuing education within the private investigator industry.  The Association has been in existence since 1985 and is recognized throughout the United States as a leader of professional associations.  They currently have over 215 members in S.C., 

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