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Certified fraud examiner Kwaku Kyei wants to start a private investigators school in Prince Albert as early as next month.
Mangum P.I., Jim Rockford, Philip Marlowe, Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Jacques Clouseau -- there’s no lack of private investigators in popular fiction.
Although most popular as a fictional profession, private investigators are also a very real thing, local certified fraud examiner Kwaku Kyei said.
“Private investigations is an area that can give a lot of guys in town here … opportunity to work,” he said.
“Because we don’t have enough police (officers), private investigation is like private security, while police are public security -- so private investigators will complement that of the police.”
Kyei hopes to start a security guard and private investigator class as early as next month -- an effort he hopes in the long-term to expand from a rented room to a full school.
“The Ministry of Justice has approved me as one of the course providers for this particular program,” he explained.
Private investigators are hired by various agencies, including retail outlets to serve as loss security officers, and insurance agencies to investigate fraud.
A qualified private investigator can also start up their own business, Kyei said, noting that some people hire private investigators to see if their spouse is cheating on them. Businesses hire private investigators to look into the character of people they plan on hiring, since references applicants share on resumes aren’t necessarily reliable sources.
Private investigations is an area that can give a lot of guys in town here … opportunity to work. Kwaku Kyei
“When you finish the job opportunities are open,” Kyei said. “It is not difficult to get a job.”
But, not just anybody can become a private investigator, he cautioned, noting that one must be at least 18 years of age, have a clean criminal record and have graduated high school.
The program to become a private investigator includes 80 hours’ classroom time and is capped by a test administered by the Ministry of Justice.
“You need to understand the criminal code, the charter of rights and freedoms, and you need to understand civil law, too,” Kyei explained. “What (private investigators do) is guided by the law, so it doesn’t infringe on laws or the freedom of other people.”
The first 40 hours certify participants to become security guards, meaning people who are already security guards are already midway in private investigator training, Kyei said.
Kyei is a certified fraud examiner with a master’s degree in computer forensic and cyber crime investigations and information systems security.
Those interested in becoming a security guard or private investigator can contact Kyei at 306-314-2057.