When I first entered the Security and Investigations Industry in the Spring of 1978, one of the areas that interested me the most was the Investigations side of the business. I was fortunate enough to receive the absolute best and in-depth training working with the two recognized leaders in the field, Wells Fargo (no not the bank) and Pinkerton, the largest Security and Investigations companies in the US at that time. I was trained as a Security Officer, Supervisor, Manager and Security Consultant and a Field Investigator and Manager at Pinkerton. At Pinkerton I was trained to do in depth employee background investigations, conduct criminal case interviews, insurance fraud, undercover operations, child custody cases, corporate investigations and how to track missing persons also known as Skip Tracing. The Missing Persons training took on a whole new life of its own right around the time that Adam Walsh was abducted from a mall in Hollywood, Florida in the summer of 1981. For those of us that either were in or coming out of law enforcement, or others like myself that came through the ranks of the private sector, the issue of child endangerment and missing children became one of the hottest topics and one of the biggest focuses in the investigative industry. I was lucky enough to be part of a small group of PI’s that volunteered their time each month to this statewide association and our sole purpose was to help follow up on leads of missing children. It was probably one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. Unfortunately my professional life took a different direction and I had a very successful career working as a Security Consultant. Although I have always remained in the Security industry I once again find myself being fully engaged in the Investigation part of the business which has brought me back full circle with weekly requests regarding Child Custody/endangerment cases and Missing Persons/Children.
So I say to whoever reads this blog that whenever the media puts out a Missing Persons or Missing Children flyer, please keep in mind this could easily be your child, grandchild, relatives, neighbor, friend or even someone in your own community that needs “our help!” It serves us all well to help in anyway we can whether it’s volunteering in your own neighborhoods when searches are conducted or help is needed when “Tip Lines” are set up and they need volunteers. As we say in our own family, “Our children are the oxygen we breathe!” Always know where your children are and who they are with. I cannot stress the importance of this enough!
OUR CHILDREN ARE THE WORLD’S GREATEST ASSETS!