Event:  North Carolina Association of Private Investigators’ Fall Conference 2019
Dates:  November 7-9, 2019
Location:  Great Wolf Lodge, 10175 Weddington Road, Concord, NC 28027



Topic: PPS Overview & Using the Permitium System (2 hours)

 BRIAN JONES, Director, North Carolina Private Protective Services

3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27609
Office (984) 220-8625
Cell (919) 612-3331


Speaker Biography:  Brian Jones began his public safety career as a correctional officer with Florida Department of Corrections. Later, he served as a patrol officer, community policing officer and detective for the Pensacola, Florida Police Department. He then served as an assistant district attorney for the Durham District Attorney’s Office, where he was responsible for prosecuting felony drug offenses. Prior to his appointment as director of Private Protective Services, he was the director of planning and development for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

Jones received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in administration from the University of West Florida and holds a juris doctor from the Vermont Law School.

Topic Overview:  Discussing issues facing Private Investigators and PPS during 2019. Teaching how to navigate the Permitium Online Registration System, to include applying for and renewing licenses and registrations, adding new employees and making changes to company/business information.


Topic: CRC Criminal Record Check System (1 hour)

 Dorian D. Dehnel, President CriminalRecordCheck.com
2840 Plaza PL, Suite 475
Raleigh, NC 27612
T: (919) 459-1024


Speaker Biography:  Dorian Dehnel is the President and Owner of CriminalRecordCheck.com, Inc (CRC), one of only 100 background screening providers accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).  A graduate of the Department of Criminal Justice at East Carolina University, Mr. Dehnel is a licensed Private Investigator with over 18 years of experience in risk management and investigations.

Topic Overview:  In this session, Mr. Dehnel will review how to properly submit a background check for PPSB licensing purposes through the MyCRC platform, CRC’s proprietary occupational licensing system.  Other topics will include how to create a corporate account, an overview of compliance obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the CRC’s integration with the PPSB’s online application system.

Topic: Cold Case Investigations (1 hour)

Joe Kennedy
Blue Line Training Group, LLC
308 Ryder Cup Lane
Clemmons, NC 27012


Speaker Biography:  Joey (Joe) D. Kennedy is the Executive Vice President for the BlueLine Training Group LLC.  Joe retired as the Special Agent-in-Charge for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Carolinas Field Office in 2014 after 28+ years of service.  He attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA and subsequently served in various offices around the world including, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, Japan, Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Washington, DC. While with NCIS, Joe served in a variety of positions focusing on violent crimes and undercover operations.  He was the Team Leader for the Virgin Islands Homicide Task Force.  He participated as a member and supervisor in several homicide task forces and serial rape investigations.  He served as a board member for the Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” Task Force in Charleston, SC and the North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association.  Joe served as an Executive Board Member for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in the Caribbean and Territorial Crime Commission for the Governor of Puerto Rico.  He was co-chair for the North Carolina Criminal Justice Information Network (CJIN) LiNX program and has served on several law enforcement advisory boards.

Joe was the Primary Architect and First Program Manager for the internationally acclaimed NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit.  He wrote the methodology and protocol for NCIS Cold Case investigations, which has been adopted by numerous police agencies around the globe.  Joe has provided cold case homicide consultation and training to various law enforcement agencies throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and the Caribbean.  He is a Consulting Committee Member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC) and Founder of the Carolinas Cold Case Coalition.  He is recognized as an International Cold Case Expert.

Joe is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, North Carolina Homicide Investigators Association, North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, and Eastern Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Executives.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations.  Joe received the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in 2014 and he was recently profiled in the book “Delayed Justice: Inside Stories from America’s Best Cold Case Investigators” by Mary Bransom (2011).  He was featured in the “Real NCIS” by Storyhouse Productions, Washington, DC.  He is a Core Team Expert for the Starz TV “Wrong Man” Series.  Joe has served as an expert witness for police investigative procedures and homicide investigations.

Topic Overview:  This presentation is designed to provide investigators with a com­prehensive overview of cold case homicide investigations.  A brief history about cold cases and the concepts of time, technology, and tenacity will be explained.  Methodology and es­tablished protocols as well as the latest investigative steps, will be fully explained and evaluated.   Cold case pitfalls, lessons learned, and how to properly conduct a cold case will be discussed.  Recent technological advancements and forensic techniques will also be reviewed and discussed.  The utilization of non-traditional investigative strat­egies and undercover scenarios for cold cases will be further explored.  Attendees will be provided with an overview of the Carolinas Cold Case Coalition.


Topic: PI Insurance and Risk Management (1 hour)

Michael Yergey
Yergey Insurance Services, LLC
7371 Atlas Walk Way, #603
Gainesville, VA 20155
 (571) 248-3190
[email protected]


Speaker Biography:  Michael T. Yergey started with Yergey Insurance Agency in 1995 after graduating from Ferrum College as a triple major in business. He started in sales for small businesses in the small family owned agency and subsequently has worked in personal and commercial services, accounting and sales. He became a partner in 2004 and handled personal lines and special programs. In 2017, Mike formed Yergey Insurance Services that is specializing specifically in special programs that include private investigators and security guard industry.

Mike has been working with State Organization and Departments of Public Safety Groups with their guidelines and bylaws. Yergey Insurance has been endorsed by many different National and State Associations for their insurance products.

Since graduating from college, Mike has been involved with a few different Non-Profit organization like Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Northern Virginia (FCA) and Nokesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department as a running member. Mike has also been a member of Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia since 1995 and has been a committee chair for the Membership Committee of the IIAV. Mike won the Young Agent award from the IIAV for his outstanding contribution to the association during his time as committee chair. He is now serving as board member for the IIAV as an at large director.

Topic Overview:  This presentation will discuss issues for Private Investigators to consider when deciding if they or their company needs an insurance policy:

  • Benefits of Insurance vs. No Insurance
  • Policy Language Brief and Differences Between policies – What to look for and request in a policy
  • Liability Insurance versus Bonds
  • Things to know about Workers Compensation
  • Cyber / Privacy Liability – Do you need it?
  • What can you do to prevent a claim?


Topic: Criminal Defense Investigations (2 hours)

Hal Humphreys


Speaker Biography:  Thomas “Hal” Humphreys is a private investigator and the founder/lead investigator of Find Investigations, a PI agency located in Nashville, Tennessee.  He has over 30 years experience in research and analysis and is a certified fraud examiner and certified general real estate appraiser.  When he is not interviewing witnesses or conducting surveillance, he is also a writer and radio producer. He is the Executive Editor for Pursuit Magazine, an online community for investigators to share innovative ideas and business models, ways to integrate new technology with old-school know-how, and hard-won lessons from the field.

Topic Overview:  Criminal defense investigations are an integral part of our criminal justice system. The prosecution has all of the resources of the state behind them. Often, the defense only has one attorney and possibly a paralegal. This two part presentation will cover why this matters, how to break into the field and best practices for conducting a criminal defense investigation. This painfully important field of investigations is often overlooked by PIs.

This work has meaning. When you help a wrongfully accused person avoid onerous penalties or jail time, you know you've been a part of something good. This work can be lucrative. While profit might not be the most wholesome motivator, we all have to pay the bills. Defense investigations are often funded by the state, so you know the check will clear. There is no shortage of work in this field. This work can be interesting. Intellectually, it can be awfully engaging to try and piece together what actually happened using facts, circumstantial evidence, witness interviews, and your investigator's mind.


Topic: Using the Polygraph as an Investigative Tool (2 hours)

David Posten
Truth Verification, LLC
Investigations and Polygraph Services
330 South Lafayette St.
Shelby, NC 28120


Speaker Biography:  David Posten is a North Carolina licensed Private Investigator and licensed Polygraph Examiner, concentrating on defendant criminal case review and pre-trial polygraph testing, employee relations (employee theft, espionage and sabotage and pre-employment polygraph testing for government agencies, armed security agencies), background investigations and family advocacy issues.

David began his experience in polygraph operations as a polygraphist/Background Investigator for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Clay County, Florida.

He is a member of the NCAPI, the American Association of Police Polygraphists, the American Polygraph Association, the North Carolina Polygraph Association, the South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators, the South Carolina Association of Polygraph Examiners and the Georgia Polygraph Association.

Topic Overview:  This presentation will discuss the use of the polygraph as an investigative tool, to include:

  • What a polygraph does and does not do
  • How the polygraph works
  • Why the polygraph works
  • Admissibility of the polygraph in courts
  • Demonstration (acquaintance test)


Topic: Forensic Anthropology (2.5 hours)

Mary Davis, Research Associate
Forensic Anthropology Center
University of Tennessee- Knoxville


Speaker Biography:  Mary Davis is the Research Associate for the Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC) at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and coordinates the Body Donation Program. She holds BS degrees in neuroscience and anthropology and received her MSc in forensic anthropology from the University of Central Lancashire (UK). Her research interests include spectroscopic methods for estimating the postmortem interval and the effects of toxicological loading on the process of decomposition. Prior to joining the FAC, she worked as a death investigation specialist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Topic Overview:  This presentation will include an introduction to forensic anthropology and a history of the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee. Trauma and pathological conditions affecting the skeleton and how this information can be used to identify an individual will be discussed. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the processes involved in human decomposition. Finally, an overview will be given of techniques employed by anthropologists when searching for skeletal remains.