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04/17/2006: "UK Investigator Licensing"


Hi,

Everything's been going well this week. Keep the requests for traces coming in and I'll try my best to help you.

I thought I'd post an update for my readers of the current UK proposals and recommendations for the UK private investigator license due to come into force in 2007.

The suggestion that's getting the most attention, and its up on various websites is the 2-tier licence system:-

1 - The Principal's Licence. This would be for the owner of the investigation agency and would have the most background checks associated with it. This is for the person who is the most responsible for investigations.

2 - The Operative's Licence. This would be for the investigators working for the owner of the investigation agency, and would have slightly less checks as they do not own the business. They wouldn't be able to run their own company with this license.

This licensing system is a bit different from the USA, as in America there's only one license for private investigators they don't make distinctions between who works for who.

I'm not really sure that we do need to have 2 separate licenses as all that's going to happen is if the "operative" makes a mistake the owner of the business is going to be punished through the courts as well, though the owner did not make any mistake themselves.

Anyway, I'm just glad we're making progress on the licensing issue smile

Thanks,
Andy