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If you need a private investigator in Portland to assist you with a discreet, confidential private investigation please fill out a Private Investigator Free Consultation. Our private investigators are committed to providing affordable, reliable service in Portland and report their results in a timely, accountable manner. Contact us today to begin your case.


Local Portland Private Investigation Services

ICS provides a full range of investigations services for the City of Portland and all surrounding metropolitan areas. Submit a free online private investigation consultation form, or call our toll free number to speak to a private investigator at (888) 223-6494.

A private investigator in Portland must go through a thorough background check and be licensed under the Maine Department of Public Safety and is overseen by the Maine State Police. Although there are no requirements other than to be licensed to become a private investigator, many agents have extensive military or police training.

You can rest assured that any Portland Private Investigator assigned to your case with ICS are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Portland laws and participates in any required continuing education.

Portland Private Investigator

The State of Maine boasts a population of approximately 1.33 million residents, but its crime rates are notably low compared to national averages.  Of the 26.69 index crimes reported annually per 1,000 residents, only 1.23 are violent (3.9 national median) and 25.45 are property-related (29.1 national median).  Index crimes include violent crimes against people as well as property crimes and theft.  The city of Portland, with a population just over 66,000, is rated as safer than 13% of cities in the U.S., despite its crime rates being slightly higher than the State averages.  Of the 42.98 index crimes reported per 1,000 residents, 2.86 were violent and 40.11 were property-related.  As with all more densely populated areas, cities have a greater need for law enforcement and investigation, and local enforcement agencies are generally lacking the necessary resources to be as effective and efficient as people might want.  Hiring a private investigator such as those licensed by ICS will ensure that a dedicated investigator with all of the necessary skills and experiences is working around the clock to solve your case.

How to become a Private Investigator in Portland

  1. Must be at least 21 years old.
  2. Obtain 60 academic credits or 3 years of professional experience with law enforcement agency.
  3. Pass the written test administered by the Department of Public Safety and the Maine State Police.

Portland Private Investigator Restrictions

In order to conduct private investigations in Portland, all private investigators must comply with local and federal laws.

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Portland cannot carry a badge, wear a uniform or say anything that might imply that the private investigator is a police officer or federal agent.
  • Make an Arrest - Private Investigators in Portland cannot legally make an arrest. If there is evidence that suggests an arrest should be made the investigator should contact law enforcement.
  • Wiretapping - Wiretapping is illegal without a proper warrant. Private Investigators cannot tap a phone.
  • Trespassing - Private Investigators cannot break and enter onto private property.

Portland Adopted Child Locate Investigation

Are you located in Portland and are trying to locate your adopted child? Are you in Portland but believe your adopted child is located somewhere else? It can be difficult trying to locate your adopted child on your own, which is why many people will turn to an adopted child locate investigation. ICS has been providing adopted child locate investigations since 1967 and we have the experience and knowledge to get you results and reunite you with your adopted child. To learn more about adopted child locate investigations and to see how ICS can help you with your investigation, contact us today.

Missing Persons in Portland, Maine

Are you looking for a missing person in Portland, Maine? Are you located in Portland, Maine but believe that the missing person is somewhere else? Looking for a missing person can be a very emotionally difficult process. Wondering whether or not your loved one is safe and okay can cause you a lot of grief. This is why it is important to get a missing persons investigation from a reputable private investigation agency. The police do not always have the time or resources to dedicate to a missing persons case and because of this your often left feeling helpless and alone. ICS has been providing missing persons investigations since 1967 and we have the experience and knowledge to help you find your missing person. Contact us today and learn more about missing persons in Portland and see what we can do to get your case started.

Portland Background Investigation

Do you need a background investigation in Portland? Are you in Portland but need a background investigation conducted on someone outside of Portland? Regardless of why you need a background investigation conducted ICS can help. Background investigations can be extremely informative and is often a great resource a private investigator can provide a client. However, not all investigations can be covered by a background check. Sometimes a background investigation is just a small portion of a much larger investigation. To learn more about how ICS can help you with your background investigation, contact us today.


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Case Studies

  • Overseas Lost Person

    Private Investigator finds a lost person in an overseas country 01/24/2019

  • Locate Lost Person

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to locate a Subject that had been in a 3-year relationship with the Client. 01/17/2019

  • Child Custody Exchange

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to have an Investigator on site to witness the exchange of a child from father to mother. Due to the legality of the exchange, a verified witness was required by the Client to document a proper exchange to negate... 01/08/2019

  • Case Study: Infidelity investigation in a Resort City Like Dubai

    ICS was contacted by a Client in an attempt to verify if her spouse was engaging in acts of Infidelity while on a stay in a city much like Dubai. Investigators were dispatched. We had boot on the ground in the resort and reserved their stay. In... 10/01/2018

  • Case Study: Due Diligence investigation helps business move forward with new investors.

    The private investigator for ICS helped our client make informed decisions about their potential investigators. With this case study the efforts made by ICS thwarted the clients suspicion and made for better business dealing. 09/20/2018


Paper and Press Releases

  • Join our team of Qualified Parties

    There is simply no agency with an international footprint that takes better care of its private investigator talent. "Our solution is simple, take care of you like our own!" -Michael Rabern 08/29/2018

  • Teen Cyber Bullying

    Cyberbullying has become increasingly common, with the increased use of communication technology, especially among teenagers.
    12/07/2015

  • Cellphone Spyware

    Cellular Spyware is basically "phone surveillance". It is an app that has usually been installed by a third party on a cell phone that allows them to listen to or record conversations, track location and monitor all the data of the cell phone that... 12/07/2015

  • Workers Compensation Fraud

    Worker's compensation programs are compensation plans for the victims of all job-related injuries.  When an employee gets hurt on the job, the employer is liable for medical expenses, lost income and other expenses until the employee has healed... 12/07/2015

  • ICS Will Not Do Cheating Decoy Investigations

    International Counterintelligence Services (“ICS”), a leader in the private investigations industry takes a strong stand against Cheating Decoy Investigations. 12/07/2015



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Portland, Oregon Washington Unfaithful or Cheating Partner
Portland, Oregon Oregon Identity Theft
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Portland, Oregon Oregon Blacklisting and Blackballing Investigations

Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Maine Private Investigator License

Maine State Police and the Department of Safety oversee "Professional Investigator" licensing in the state.
Reference Website: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/32/title32ch89sec0.html

Contact Information:
Website: https://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/licenses-permits/professional-investigator
Email: Scott.W.Ireland@maine.gov
State House Station 164, Augusta, Maine, United States, 04333
Phone: (207) 624-7210
Fax: (207) 287-3424

Associations:
Maine Private Investigators Association

Citation Statute:
Maine Revised Statutes
Title 32
Chapter 89: Private Investigators

Website: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statutes/32/title32ch89sec0.html

Qualifications Requirement:
At least 21 years of age.
Citizen or resident alien of United States.
High school graduate.
Good moral character.
Submits application.
Must not have been dishonorably discharged.
Has passed an examination.
Meets the work experience requirements of either:
1. Completed an investigative assistant sponsorship program and has earned a minimum of 60 academic credits of postsecondary education in a related field of study.
2. Minimum 3 years as federal or military investigator.
3. 3 year holder of professional investigator license.
4. 3 years as law enforcement officer.
5. 6 years of preparation (work plus educational).

Reciprocity: Maine does not have any reciprocity with any other state.



Testing: An examination is required.

Fees: Amount: The fee for an original biennial license is $500, of which $50 must be submitted with the application and $450 must be submitted upon issuance of the license. The fee for an investigative assistant's license is $600, of which $200 must be submitted with the application and $400 must be submitted upon issuance of the license.

Renewal Information: Initial Renewal term is for 2 years, then all subsequent renewals are for 4 years.

The fee for a 4-year renewal is $500.

Forms:
https://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/licenses-permits/professional-investigator





Portland Private Investigator Listing

Dow Investigative Services

PO Box 10196
Portland, Maine 4104
Phone : 207-329-4194
Email :
Office Contact: Daniel Dow

Surette Consulting & Investigations

PO Box 116
Litchfield, Maine 04350
Phone : 207-268-3419
Email : kevin@suretteinvestigations.com
Office Contact: Kevin Surette


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