Suburban's Lead Detective was certified by the Superior Court of Rhode Island as an expert on police practices and procedures. He can review police reports or other documentation and offer his expert opinion as it relates to police response, official duties or police activities. Your case needs an unbiased, expert review of police documents to determine whether the police officers acted appropriately and followed the law. After conducting thousands of investigations Suburban became certified as an expert in police procedures. Suburban can analyze the data and offer as testimony whether the police response was appropriate, reasonable or necessary. These questions need to be answered:
Did the police follow the law?
Did the police follow their department's policy?
Did the police respond appropriately?
Did the police fail to act when obligated to do so?
Suburban completes this in three simple steps:
1. Review the case file including police reports, CAD reports, supplemental reports, medical examiner reports, photo's, physical evidence, witness statements, video's, audio evidence as well as any other evidence and any other discoverable evidence.
2. Suburban will put their years of experience in the public sector to identify investigative missteps made by the police, who oftentimes is the prosecutors' strongest witnesses.
3. Suburban Detective's has extensive experience testifying in open court even appearing live on Court TV in August, 2004 in Middlesex Superior Court during the Pring-Wilson murder trial. Suburban can put this experience to work for you and your firm.
Several years ago a company emerged threatening to redefine the private investigation industry. The company was a glorified marketing plan that implemented a smartphone app, client website portal and new technology. The company was called Trustify. It was started by businessman Danny Boice who hired a private investigator and was upset by the service. As any good entrepreneur would, he looked at the antiquated industry and thought he could make it better. At the outset, PI’s across the country were outraged that a person who had no experience in law enforcement or investigations would attempt to turn their livelihood on its head. I remember reading intense conversations on Yahoo Group pages dedicated to security and the PI industry lament this venture.
They’re were right! According to a bizjournal.com article, eight former employees are now suing Danny Boice for violating the fair labor standards during the month of November 2018. What’s even more hysterical is the lawsuit alleges “Boice told the employees Nov. 15 he was leaving the office to go to the bank to get their paychecks, but did not return that day or the next.” These employees were terminated shortly afterward.
Trustify has not posted anything on their Facebook or Twitter page since November 19, 2018. What’s more, according to drivenforward.com a January 22 article reports Danny Boice was reportedly attempting to unload one million dollars worth of secondary shares in Trustify.
Needless to say, short of some miraculous turnaround, I think Trustify is long gone. I have to admit I’m a little disappointed only because I long thought the PI industry needed an overhaul. Unfortunately, Danny Boice was not the man to do it.
I worked a case recently for a defense attorney whose client was arrested for stealing a vehicle. Apparently, the 50+ woman borrowed her daughters newly bought, used car to go to a local convenience store. This store is a national, gas/convenience store with a large parking lot and several gas pumps. When she exited the store she got into her daughters car and began to drive home. At least she thought it was her daughters car.
About a half mile down the road, a “black-n-white” got in behind her and lit her up (blue lights, of course). The cops ordered Nana out of the car and locked her up for stealing the motor vehicle. As diligent as any private investigator would be, I interviewed anybody who was willing to talk to me: the defendant, her daughter, even the cops who stopped her. Of course, the police patrol supervisor refused to talk to me which I was expecting. Ultimately, it was the patrol supervisors’ decision to send poor Nana to the clink!
Then the coup de gras: the all important surveillance footage. I dressed in my finest suit, showered and shaved and made my way to the manager's office of the convenience store. I introduced myself as a private investigator and asked whether I could view the camera footage from the day in question. The manager, as pleasant as he could, told me he could not authorize its release and I needed to contact the corporate office. From my car still parked in the lot, I spoke to a pleasant woman in the loss prevention department and explained my situation. After hearing my plight, she allowed me access.
After viewing the surveillance video I saw my 50 year old client enter the store, make her purchases and exit through a different door. Disoriented from approaching her “daughters” car from another angle, she entered a Camry that looked identical to hers. She found the keys in the center console, just where she had left them, started it up and was on her way. Coincidentally, the victim also thought it was a good idea to leave the keys in the cup holder.
In the end, the defense attorney showed the judge the surveillance footage on a motion to suppress and the case was dismissed. So, for all those rookie PI’s still learning the ropes, a good rule of thumb is to always look for the video evidence.