One thing that is different, not necessarily unique, is being owned by a female and being able to offer a female’s perspective to the investigations we take in. Females think differently than men and do things in different ways and this can be an advantage at times. When I was in law enforcement, it was obvious that people react differently to women and are often more at ease in their presence. I believe that people are more trusting and honest with females and less intimidated by them. Clients often call and say they chose my agency because of the name, Female Agents, Inc.. Being able to offer a female investigator and incorporate both a female’s perspective with that famous “women’s intuition” are definitely advantages that not every agency can provide to it’s clients.
Before I became a private investigator, I was a stay-at-home mom. I began training as a PI and in executive protection in 2000 and loved it. In 2004, I was hired by my local sheriff’s department. The initial goal was for me to work investigations within the detective division, but I found I liked being a deputy on the road. In 2005, I realized how much I missed working investigations and working on my own, so I returned to doing what I love. Owning my own investigative company and being able to choose the work and cases I conducted was very important to me. With having 5 children, I was able to run a business and be a consistent presence in my kid’s lives and activities. I wrote my first book “Missions and Mayhem: The Adventuress of a Female Private Investigator” in 2016 but have written various items for numerous publications for over 20 years. In 2013, I began teaching classes regarding human trafficking, ethics, process serving, business management and coaching, and am now a certified Life and Business Coach. In 2016, I also became certified in criminal defense investigations and am very active in Innocence Projects, missing persons, and human trafficking cases.