Private Investigator in Cedar Rapids Serving All Eastern Iowa
THE INVESTIGATOR’S REPORT
April 23, 2015
At the conclusion of an investigation, the client has a right to receive a well written report that documents the details of the investigation. After all, a report along with photographic evidence is the only tangible product for which the client pays! Often times, the PI’s report provides the foundation upon which the client’s attorney will build a case. If the report is professionally done, it will almost always ensure a satisfied client which will in turn result in additional assignments or referrals.
A good report should be self-explanatory. If any part of the report requires further explanation, it has not served its purpose. To this end, the report should be accurate, complete, clearly organized, and brief.
Accuracy Factual information should form the basis of the report. Feelings and opinion have no place in an investigative report. Also, since the report may form the basis of a trial, the facts should be checked and double checked.
Completeness The report should contain all the relevant facts, even if they don’t support what the client was hoping to find out. Remember, a PI is hired to uncover the facts, not create them. Also, if the PI takes a course of action that the client might not have approved of, the report should explain the circumstances that persuaded the PI to take that action. Pictures should be included in the report to add clarity and confirmation.
Clearly Organized There are several ways that a report can be organized. Events can be explained in order of importance or they can be presented in some deductive or inductive form of logic. In most cases, however, the investigator will resort to reporting a simple chronological order of events. This will portray a time line for the client and should explain the who, what, when, where, why, and how of each significant time period.
Brevity A good report is brief when it contains all the relevant facts of the investigation and nothing more. The intent is to communicate completely but clearly which requires proper grammar, spelling and a judicious choice and use of words.