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ICS provides a full range of private investigator services conducted by licensed Boston Private Investigators. ICS is a full service private investigation agency available 24 hours a day including holidays. When you need a private investigator in Boston, turn to the professionals at ICS and begin your investigation with a free consultation online or by calling (888) 223-6494.


Local Boston Private Investigator

ICS provides a full range of investigations services for the City of Boston 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 Boston must apply to the Massachusetts State Police and pass licensing requirements, including a thorough background check. While many Massachusetts private investigators come from a law enforcement or military background, it is not a requirement for employment as a private investigator.

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

Boston Private Investigator

Massachusetts has a population of well over 6.5 million people, but its crime rates are notably lower than most States. Of the 26.87 index crimes – meaning both violent and property crimes – reported per 1,000 residents last year, 4.28 were violent and only 22.59 were property-related. These compare to the national medians of 3.9 and 29.1, respectively. One of the largest cities in the United States and the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston claims 625,000 of those residents within its borders. With such a high population density comes higher crime rates, however, and Boston rates safer than only 15% of United States cities. There were 8.84 violent crimes and 32.65 property crimes reported per 1,000 residents last year, both markedly higher than the State and national medians. As such, local law enforcement is stretched to its limits trying to keep up. By hiring a private investigator such as those licensed in the ICS global network, you can be sure that a highly skilled, experienced professional is dedicated to your case.

How to become a Private Investigator in Boston

  1. Written references from three citizens of Massachusetts, each of whom have known the applicant for at least three years, attesting to the truth of the information in the application.
  2. Applicant is of good moral character
  3. Applicant has been regularly employed for at least
    • Three years as a detective or similar profession as noted in the statute
    • Ten years as a police officer in the Commonwealth
  4. Applicant must not have prior felony convictions
  5. Applicant must give a $5,000 bond
  6. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age

Boston Private Investigator Restrictions

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

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Boston 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 Boston 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.

Boston Cheating Spouse Investigation

Are you located in Boston and need help with a cheating spouse investigation? Do you believe your spouse is cheating when traveling to Boston Massachusetts? It can be emotionally difficult coming to terms with the fact that your spouse may be cheating, but before jumping to conclusions make sure you have all the facts. International Counterintelligence Services has been helping people with Cheating Spouse Investigations since 1967. We have experienced private investigators standing by to help start your Boston cheating spouse investigation. Learn more about cheating spouse investigations by contacting us for a free consultation about your investigation needs.

Boston Background Investigation

Do you need a Boston Background Investigation conducted on someone? Are you located in Boston but need a background investigation conducted on someone outside of Massachusetts? Background Investigations are very useful and can provide a client an abundance of information on a subject. In some circumstances, a background investigation may cover all the information your looking for. In other circumstances a background investigation will only be a starting point for a much more in depth investigation. Call us now and speak with a private investigator who will provide you with a free consultation to see how we can help you gather the information your looking for.

Boston Missing Person Investigation

Are you trying to locate a missing person in Boston? Are you in Boston but are trying to locate someone outside of Boston? Missing person investigations can be complicated and many times police are limited on the resources they can provide towards a missing person investigation. If you are trying to locate a missing person in Boston and believe your not getting adequate help in locating the person, then contact ICS. International Counterintelligence Services are trained in locating missing persons in Boston and throughout the world. If you need help locating a missing person then call us for a free consultation. One of our private investigators will create an action plan with you to help you determine the best course of action for finding your missing person in Boston.


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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



Local Associations and Important Resources for Boston


Recent Investigation Inquiries

Origin Investigation Location Case Type
Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Blacklisting and Blackballing Investigations
Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Cheating Spouse Investigation
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Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Unfaithful or Cheating Partner
Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Online Social Networking Investigation
Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Email Tracking and SMS Tracing
Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Child Custody and Visitation Investigations
Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Other Private Investigator Case
Boston, Massachusetts Colombia Other Private Investigator Case
Boston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Stalking and Harassment Investigations

Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Massachusetts Private Investigator License

Massachusetts issues licenses for only one year.
Reference Website: https://www.mass.gov/eopss/data/license/state-police/private-detective-license.html

Contact Information:
Website: https://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/msp/#.VzDZ64QrJeg
Email: SSPO-Admin@massmail.state.ma.us
Certification Unit, Massachusetts State Police, 470 Worcester Road, Framingham, Massachusetts, United States, 01702
Phone: (508) 820-2300

Associations:
Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts, Inc

Citation Statute:
MGL CH 147 S22-30

Website: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter147/Section22

Qualifications Requirement:
Shall be of good moral character,

Shall have been regularly employed for not less than three years as a detective doing investigating work.

A former member of an investigative service of the United States, a former police officer, of a rank or grade higher than that of patrolman, of the commonwealth, any political subdivision thereof or an official police department of another state, or a police officer in good standing formerly employed for not less than ten years with the commonwealth, or any political subdivision thereof or with an official police department of another state.

The colonel of the state police may grant to an applicant complying with the provisions of section twenty-four a license to engage in the private detective business or a license to engage in the business of watch, guard or patrol agency; provided, however, that no such license shall be granted to any person who has been convicted in any state of the United States of a felony. No person convicted of a violation of section ninety-nine or ninety-nine A of chapter two hundred and seventy-two of the general laws shall be granted a license and any license previously granted to such person shall be revoked.

Such license shall be for one year, shall state the name under which the licensed business is to be conducted and the address of its principal office, and shall be posted by the licensee in a conspicuous place in such office. Such name shall be subject to the approval of the colonel of the state police; provided that such name shall not contain the words “police”, “fire”, nor any name which denotes or implies any association with agencies of the governments of the United States, the commonwealth or any of its political subdivisions. Failure to comply with the provisions of this paragraph shall constitute cause for revocation of such license.

The colonel of the state police may annually renew and may at any time for cause, after notice and a hearing, revoke, any such license. An application for a renewal shall be on a form furnished by the colonel.

Must provide 3 references that are citizens of Massachusetts.

Reciprocity: The state of Massachusetts does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states.



Fees: $550.00 Fee

$5000.00 Surety Bond

Optional $100 fee for firearms application.

Renewal Information: $150.00
The renewal form is available at the following website:
https://mspcert.chs.state.ma.us/cert

Forms:
https://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/msp/prof-stds/cert-unit/download-applications.html
(617) 727-3200



Massachusetts requires licensing for Boston Private Investigators, Security Guards and Agencies. 

Only licensed investigators can conduct investigations in Massachusetts.

State Licensing Authority: Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts, Inc.
Website: https://www.lpdam.com/
Phone: 508-584-4747

Massachusetts licenses are only good in Massachusetts, there is no State Reciprocity.


Boston Private Investigator Listing

10 Foster Dr Norton, MA 02766
Norton, Massachusetts 02766
Phone : 508-494-8307
Email : philiplandry@comcast.net
Office Contact: Philip Landry

Bay State Detective Agency

1804 Broughton Dr
Beverly, Massachusetts 
Phone : 978-595-8471
Email : davidalmeida@mail.com
Office Contact: David Almeida

Michael McDonough.

139 Pleasant St Woburn, Ma. 01801 781.589.0359
Woburn, Massachusetts 
Phone : 781-589-0359
Email : mmcdonough1@comcast.net
Office Contact: Michael McDonough.

New England Surveillance Specialist

PO Box 300, Ipswich, MA
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
Phone : 978-412-9008
Email : bdavis@nesurveillance.com
Office Contact: Brian Davis


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