About Us_ 

Founded & Managed by Thomas M. Smith

State of Iowa Licensed Private Investigator

PI License: 3346, Agency License: 1375


Patriot Investigations is a general investigative agency with a variety of clients including small business, corporations, retail establishments, and individuals.  Our mission is to provide investigative and process serving solutions professionally and confidentially.  

Not sure if you need a PI? Initial consultations are free and our rates are reasonable and affordable. Give us a call at 319-200-6213 and we'll be happy to discuss your case.



Personal Bio

Tom Smith is a retired Naval Officer with 21+ years of military service.  He enlisted in the Navy in 1968 and graduated from the Navy's Underwater Swimmers School in Key West, Florida and then from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School in Indian Head Maryland. He went on to serve two tours in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1972.


During the next three years, Tom became a SCUBA diving instructor at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida then moved to Coral Gables where he attended Miami-Dade College and attained an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts while working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency.


In 1976, Tom re-enlisted in the Navy and got back into EOD and did a Mediterranean cruise on the USS John F. Kennedy. During the next five years, Tom worked out of Panama City and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and provided VIP support to the Secret Service for presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter. Tom was honorably discharged again in 1980 after achieving "Master Blaster", the highest level of recognition in EOD. He married and then enrolled in Missouri Western State College, graduating in 1984 with a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology.


Upon graduation, Tom received employment with General Dynamics in San Diego, California. During the next 12 years, Tom served in the Naval Reserve and received his officer's commission in 1986.


Tom has been a resident of the Cedar Rapids/Marion area since 1998. He retired from Rockwell Collins in 2010 and in 2011 fulfilled a lifetime dream to sail the open ocean.  He sailed on three different sailboats and covered over 7000 ocean miles including a trans-Atlantic voyage.


Tom is a recent graduate of the Detective Training Institute's Master Detective Course in San Juan Capistrano, CA; Front Sight Firearms Institute in Parumph, Nevada; Bail Fugitive Recovery; Cedar Rapids Civilian Police Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   In August 2013, he became a licensed private investigator and started Patriot Investigations.