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Chris Cantrell

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returns 10/31/2016

Most investigation related questions including General Investigations, Surveillance, Undercover work, Accident Investigations, Missing persons, Evidence related questions and person security/protection questions. I do not prefer to answer domestic related questions such as divorce or child custody but I would be glad to review them.

Experience in the area

Former Law Enforcement officer, Narcotics Agent, Investigator and Chief of Police Licensed Private Investigator and VP Alabama Private Investigator's Association Private Investigator Instructor


APIA Alabama Association of Private Investigators (Vice President) Alabama Narcotics Officers Association AARS - Alabama Association of Rescue Squads NASAR – National Association of Search & Rescue National Association of Investigative Specialist


Author - Professional’s Guide to Auto Repossession. Published 1997 by Thomas Publications Author – “Badges….we don’t need no stinkin’ badges” published in Professional Repossessor Magazine. Guest speaker 2001 ASAFS “Alternative, Alternate Light Source


MLPI Managing the Lost Person Incident Urban SAR Operations Certified Accident Investigator Rappelling Instructor Certification Injured/Officer Down Rescue Course Physical Surveillance School Introduction to Highway/Rural Drug Investigation Undercover Operations & Risk Management Undercover Violence Transitioning from State to Federal Prosecution PTSD in Undercover Operations Audio Recovery of Undercover Cases Clan Lab, Meth Addiction & Booby Trap Familiarization Officer Safety, High Risk Event Planning – Level 1 Forensics and Domestic Violence Training Introduction to Clandestine Lab Investigations Certification Police Management Level 1 Dealing effectively with the External Environment Diversity, Understanding People and Cultures Managing for Effectiveness Ethics Rave/Club Drugs Seminar Controlled FORCE Instructor certification Patrol Officers Response to Street Narcotics Kinesic Interview and Interrogation Evidence Technician Course

Awards and Honors

Rescuer of the Year 2006 – AARS Rescuer of the Quarter – 4th Qtr 2006 2003 American Heart Association – “Cardiac Arrest Warrant” 2003 Adamsville Police Department - Fugitive Apprehension Certificate 2003 Sipsey Volunteer Fire & Rescue – Certificate of Appreciation 2002 Adamsville Police Department - Fugitive Apprehension Certificate 2002 Sipsey Volunteer Fire & Rescue – Certificate of Appreciation 1997 NAIS PI Convention Speaker Award

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2013-08-01 Surveillance, Tracking and Bugs....and a hotel room.:

Unless you want to turn the character into a McGyver, which no one likes it would be difficult to feasibly make a TV pick these up. Older bugs used radio frequencies in a range that a radio could be tuned

2013-04-17 Investigation:

In most states, and I believe New York is one of them, investigators are allowed to video anything that can be viewed by the public. They cannot come on private property without consent but they can sit

2012-09-21 Privacy:

The only way to disrupt a mic is by white noise or another microphone. If the microphone is wireless you can use a frequency counter to get on the same frequency. You can also use loud noises to disrupt

2012-08-14 Personal Injury Lawsuit-Ohio:

Yes, unfortunately a private investigator can take photos and video in public. Most states have statutes that PI's must adhere to and generally an investigator cannot take photos or video from private

2012-01-11 case:

In a real missing persons case there are far too many variables to make an accurate conclusion. We deal with facts that we are given and there are far too many possibilities with the information you have


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