(1) The training of a private investigator shall, at a minimum, address the following:

(a) role and function of the private investigator;

(b) federal, state, and local statutes and rules applicable to the practice of private investigators;

(c) interaction and cooperation with law enforcement;

(d) criminal justice administration and information;

(e) limitations on the use of force and self-defense and the use-of-force continuum;

(f) emergency procedures and hazardous material preparedness;

(g) interviews, interrogations, and report writing;

(h) crisis intervention;

(i) preservation of crime scene and handling of evidence;

(j) ethical and legal issues, including, but not limited to:

(i) Private Investigator Practice Act and related rules;

(ii) criminal law and criminal procedure;

(iii) confidentiality and right of privacy;

(iv) searches of persons and property;

(v) limitations on the power to arrest and detain suspects; and

(vi) treatment of juveniles, persons with physical or mental disabilities, and other special classes (e.g., gender, racial, religious, or cultural);

(k) distinctions between and special issues involved in the following types of investigations: accidents, arson, assets, background, civil, criminal, domestic, industrial/employee conduct, insurance, personal injury (other than auto), and missing person;

(l) investigative photography;

(m) surveillance; and

(n) skip tracing.

(2) Private investigators supervising trainees under ARM 24.182.511 shall submit evidence of completion of the training program on quarterly reports as provided in ARM 24.182.511. Private investigator applicants meeting experience requirements provided in ARM 24.182.512 are deemed to have met the training program requirements set forth above. All other applicants shall submit evidence of having completed the training program as provided by ARM 24.182.512.

(3) Armed private investigators shall complete firearms qualification and requalification in accordance with ARM 24.182.420 and 24.182.421.


History: 37-1-131, 37-60-202, 37-60-303, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-60-202, 37-60-303, MCA; NEW, 2017 MAR p. 1957, Eff. 10/28/17.