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What Is a Surveillance Investigator and How to Become One

What Does a Surveillance Investigator Do?

A surveillance investigator gathers information about a person, or subject, at the center of an investigation. Surveillance investigators may work as a company employee or contractor and often use wiretaps, concealed cameras, and other surveillance tools to complete investigations. Common responsibilities in this role include conducting video surveillance, performing background checks, researching fraudulent activity, drafting reports about findings, and uploading evidence into a data management database.

How to Become a Surveillance Investigator

Formal education is not required to become a surveillance investigator, but earning an associate or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice can help to increase your career prospects. Employers typically look for some form of training in security, law enforcement, or private investigation, so you can also complete a private investigator training program through the police academy. Prepare to use current technologies, such as mini cameras, wiretaps, small audio recorders, and GPS trackers, to aid in the investigation of a subject.