Hello, this is Dave from AFX Search, Licensed Investigators. Today, I stumbled upon an article that serves as a crucial compass for anyone in the investigative industry. Initially, it seemed centered around the NSA’s information-gathering practices, but hidden within its depths was a quote that every investigator aspiring to build a thriving enterprise or a successful career in the next decade should take heed of. The insights originate from the esteemed Center for Investigative Reporting.

The NSA’s Data Trove and Its Ripple Effect

The article sheds light on how the NSA efficiently gathers information from diverse sources such as traffic records and banking records. What adds a fascinating layer to this is that the obtained data can be acquired through a subpoena. This means that law enforcement agencies involved in criminal investigations can skip the research phase and directly obtain information from the NSA. Even private sector attorneys are tapping into the NSA’s data collection for their cases, reshaping the landscape of information access.

A Wake-Up Call for Investigators

The standout moment comes from a quote by a divorce attorney named Li Rosen from North Carolina. He boldly stated, “We used to have to rely on private investigators. Now everything we need is more or less on the other side of the keyboard.” This paradigm shift should serve as a wake-up call for investigators worldwide. The value we provide to clients is no longer solely in the collection of information; rather, it lies in the analytical prowess we bring to the table.

From Fetchers to Analysts: The Changing Role of Investigators

Historically, investigators were often viewed as mere information fetchers, a perception that led to complaints about low fees and limited room for professional expansion. Clients, in many cases, failed to see added value beyond acquiring information they believed they could obtain elsewhere. The evolving landscape, as highlighted by attorneys like Li Rosen, emphasizes that investigators need to redefine their role.

The Future is in Analysis, Not Just Collection

To stand out in a sea of investigators, developing strong analytical abilities is the key. Clients today seek deep analysis, solutions, and actionable intelligence derived from the information collected. It’s about transforming a pile of documents into valuable intelligence, offering clients more than just data retrieval but insights into what the data means and how they can leverage it effectively.

Elevating the Investigator’s Role: A Call to Action

If you’re an investigator or an agency eyeing growth in the years ahead, recognize that simply fetching information is becoming obsolete. The future lies in turning information into value through strategic analysis. Clients, like the attorneys signing up for various data sources, are seeking investigators who offer a unique skill set beyond traditional data retrieval.

Embrace the Change and Thrive

As we navigate through 2022 and beyond, it’s crucial to adapt to this changing landscape. Embrace the shift, enhance your analytical skills, and position yourself as an investigator who not only provides information but transforms it into a valuable asset for your clients.

If you have questions or want to continue this discussion, feel free to reach out to me through our website at AFX Search.

Best regards,
Dave
AFX Search, Licensed Investigators