2017 NCAPI Fall Conference

2017 NCAPI Fall Conference

November 5-7, 2017

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

Reservations: 1-800-223-7277

Room Rate: $89.00 per night with Group Code: S11NCPI

Online motel reservations:  http://www.totalrewards.com/hotel-reservations?propCode=CHE&groupCode=S11NCPI

Enjoy an opportunity to network, learn & collect 12 Continuing Education Units.

NCAPI MEMBER Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 5, 2017

REGISTRATION COSTS:                                                      Early Bird                                   After 10/5/2017
NCAPI Members (if you join on/before 5/31/17)        FREE $225.00                               $300.00
NCAPI Members (if you join after 6/1/2017)                $225.00                                           $300.00
Non-Members                                                                          $225.00                                            $300.00

$225.00 SPECIAL…….Value-Priced Member Exhibitor Option:
 Exhibitor Table in Exhibit Area [8’ x 10’ Space, 8’ Table, 2 Chairs]
 Company & Website mentioned on NCAPI Facebook page
 Half Page Color Ad in Conference Program

For more information on the NCAPI Member Value Priced Exhibitor Option Please Email: vendor.registrations@ncapi.com

$100 Half Page Color Ad (8.5” x 5.5”)
$50 Business Card Sized Color Ad (3.5” x 2”)

Email all business card and half page ads to: vendor.registrations@ncapi.com


Make Checks payable to: NCAPI
*All payments should be mailed to this address.

NCAPI … Attn: Jeff Kiker
133 E. Council St., Salisbury, NC 28144

NCAPI Fall Conference Speakers

We are proud to announce the speakers who are presenting at our 2017  Fall Conference at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino November 5 – 7, 2017.  Become a member of  NCAPI at http://www.ncapi.com before 5/31/2017, and attend the Cherokee conference for FREE ! 

First up is Kelly Riddle who will be presenting on Surveillance Do’s & Don’ts. Kelly is President of Kelmar Global Investigations and has more than 35 years of investigative experience. He also is the Founder and President of the PI Institute of Education (http://piinstitute.com). He was chosen as the “PI of the Year” by the National Association Of Investigative Specialists and PI Magazine, Inc named Kelly as the “#1 PI in the United States”. His accomplishments & accolades are bountiful, as are his industry memberships & involvements – which include Board of Director positions with TX Association of Licensed Investigators (tali.org); Florida Association Of Private Investigators, Inc. (FAPI); Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas; and Can You Identify Me?


Mary Ann Boyle, PHD is the owner and principal investigator. With 30 years of scientific and legal research experience, Dr. Boyle has worked exclusively conducting forensic genealogical research and private investigations specializing in locating missing persons for 21 years. Dr. Boyle maintains memberships in the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. Dr. Boyle is a licensed, bonded private investigator in Massachusetts and is a member of the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts. Additionally, Dr. Boyle is an instructor for the Genealogy Certificate Program teaching Forensic Genealogy at Boston University. She has taught Research within the Boston University Professional Investigator Program.

Jeff Gray, A trial lawyer with experience in a wide variety of civil and regulatory litigation, Jeff Gray has represented individuals and business entities as both plaintiffs and defendants.  In addition to his trial practice, he has argued dozens of cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. His practice is currently focused on government regulatory matters. 

In addition to representing licensees before the multitude of occupational and professional licensing boards in North Carolina, he personally serves as legal counsel to the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board, the North Carolina Alarm Systems Licensing Board and the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects and as hearing counsel to the North Carolina Board of Funeral Services and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Jeff previously served as legal counsel to the North Carolina Board of Barber Examiners (2007-2011), the North Carolina Auctioneers Licensing Board (1994-2008), and has served as hearing counsel or legal advisor for six (6) other boards.  He also serves as legislative agent and lobbyist for numerous professional and trade groups and associations.

Early in his career he served as Special Assistant to former North Carolina Attorney General Lacy H. Thornburg (1985-1991) and later worked as an Assistant Attorney General (1992-1998) where he served as attorney for the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (1996-1998). He has taught for Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC (1996-1998) and is a frequent presenter at continuing education courses for attorneys and other professionals.

He served five two-year terms as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Rules Review Commission between 2001 and 2011.

Jeff is the author of published articles in the Campbell Law Observer; the Campbell Law Review; the North Carolina State Bar Journal; the Supreme Court Historical Society’s Juridicus; numerous North Carolina Bar Association newsletters; Popular Government; various law enforcement and trade journals; and numerous publications for distribution by the Department of Justice to local and state government agencies.

Jeff is admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts, the federal district courts in the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


We are thrilled to have Thalia Ellis joining us and presenting on Situational Awareness. She is currently a Law Enforcement Specialty Firearms Training Instructor, Force Protection Instructor, Department of Homeland Security Instructor, & North Carolina Dept of Justice B.L.E.T. General Instructor and Specialty Firearms Instructor. Prior to her current role, she was a Use of Force Instructor for the Abudhabi Police Department, U.S.Army IT-SAT and ASAT Instructor/DOD contractor.


And the hits keep on coming…sharing his insights & experience on Threat Assessment & Risk Analysis for Executive Protection will be John Negas. With over 34 years of experience in law enforcement, private security & investigations, he is currently Assistant Executive Director at the Executive Protection Institute and VP Operations of International Protection Group (www.ipgcompany.com). During the course of his career, John has worked for the NYPD in various capacities including Intelligence Division Supervisor, & Acting Commander in the Public Security Section’s Protective Intelligence & Threat Analysis and Assessment Unit. In each of his professional roles Mr. Negus has been a key person in protective details for Visiting dignitaries.


Another incredible speaker in our Cherokee conference line-up is Sandra Stibbards, who will be presenting on Using Social Media & OSINT. She began her investigative career training and working extensively with one of the oldest and best known private investigation agencies in California. In 1996, she opened her own investigation agency, Camelot Inv. Sandra has trained on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for over seven years — a course originally created for the U.S. Federal Government. Sandra holds leadership roles in Intellenet (www.int.orgelnetwork); ASIS International, and ASIS – Women in Security Council. She is also certified as a Board Accredited Investigator.

NCAPI Resolution – To establish the NCAPI Scholarship Fund

The following resolution will be voted on by the membership in attendance at the upcoming Annual Meeting to be held on January 14, 2017.  The Annual Meeting will be a luncheon held in Winston Salem, North Carolina at the The Carriage House Restaurant, 1409-G South Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 beginning at 11:00 a.m.


Resolution 0001

August 25, 2016

To establish the NCAPI Scholarship Fund


Whereas, The North Carolina Association of Private Investigators (NCAPI) is a 501-C6 non-profit organization providing various benefits to the membership of the association.

Whereas, The North Carolina Association of Private Investigators has a firm tradition of providing continuing education to its members to increase the overall professionalism and knowledge of its members in the private investigation profession.

Whereas, The membership of The North Carolina Association of Private Investigators has expressed an interest in further promoting education by establishing a scholastic scholarship fund to assist the children of NCAPI members furthering their education.

Whereas, There is a need to establish a method of funding for the scholarship fund.

Whereas, There is a need to establish the procedure to apply for the scholarship and the need to establish the procedure in awarding a scholarship from the fund.

Now therefore be it resolved to approve, adopt, and authorize the North Carolina Association of Private Investigators Board of Directors to establish the North Carolina Association of Private Investigators Scholastic Scholarship Fund.

The North Carolina Association of Private Investigators Board of Directors shall be permitted to transfer $2000.00 each year from the general fund to the scholarship fund when funds are available without affecting the financial affairs of the Association. The scholarship fund shall also be further funded through the use of raffles and private donations.

Any dependent child, grandchild, or adopted children of a member of The North Carolina Association of Private Investigators in good standing shall be eligible to apply to the scholarship fund for each academic year of their degree or technical program. The children of a deceased member who was in good standing at the time of his or her passing shall also be eligible to apply for a scholarship.

For purposes of eligibility, the parent of the applicant must be a current member of the North Carolina Association of Private Investigators and must have been an active member for a minimum of two consecutive years.

The North Carolina Association of Private Investigators Board of Directors shall award One (1) scholarship each year when scholarship funds are available and scholarship applications have been duly submitted. Additional scholarships may be awarded at the board’s discretion when sufficient funds are available.

Awarded scholarship monies must be used to help cover the cost of attending any two (2 or) four (4) year college, university or technical school.

Each year, prior to June 1st, The NCAPI Board of Directors shall appoint five (5) members in good standing to serve on a scholarship review committee.  No NCAPI Board member may sit upon the review committee. No review committee member’s dependent child shall be considered for a scholarship during the time that member serves upon the committee.  The review committee shall review all applications to the scholarship fund and make a recommendation to the NCAPI Board of Directors for the awarding of scholarship funds.

The application process shall include: The completed official application, a copy of the letter of acceptance from the school the student will be attending and a 1000 word essay on a topic to be chosen yearly by the Board of Directors. The topic of the essay shall be the same for each applicant during the scholarship cycle. No essay topic shall be repeated more often that every five (5) years.

The topic of the scholarship essay shall be announced each year at the Fall Conference for the upcoming scholarship cycle that begins in January. Scholarship topic, requirements and application shall be maintained on the NCAPI website.

Once a scholarship has been awarded, the student must maintain at least a 2.7 grade point average {B- GPA} in order to apply for scholarship assistance for additional years of education assistance.

Applications for scholarships shall be submitted by first class mail to the NCAPI Secretary. The submission period for scholarship applications shall run from January 1st thru June 1st of each year with the scholarship being awarded at the board’s regular scheduled meeting in August. Applications must be received by the NCAPI Secretary by June 1st to be considered.

The secretary shall provide a copy of all eligible applications to each member of the review committee by June 10th of each year so that the committee may begin reviewing each application. The secretary shall remove the name, address, and other identifying information of the applicant from the application package and assign each application a number before forwarding the applications out to the committee.

The secretary shall not make the name known of any applicant to any board member or committee member until the applicant has been officially chosen by the number that was assigned to the application by the committee and the NCAPI Board of Directors has voted based upon the committee’s recommendation. Once the scholarship application has been chosen based upon the number assigned to it the secretary at that time shall release to the name of the applicant that corresponds to the application number chosen to the NCAPI Board of Directors so that the scholarship winner can be announced. Once a scholarship has been awarded the secretary shall make available a copy of the chosen application to each officer of the NCAPI Board of Directors. The secretary shall not have a vote in the scholarship process.

The scholarship committee shall submit their recommendation to the NCAPI Board of Directors no later than August 1st of each year.

The Secretary of the Association shall retain all original scholarship applications, essays and any required supporting GPA documentation in the official NCAPI records. The names of each member serving on the committee shall also be maintained in the Association’s official records each year a scholarship is awarded. These records shall be available to any member of the Association for review upon request after the scholarship has been awarded each year.

This resolution shall become effective upon being adopted.

Now therefore be it resolved to approve, adopt, and authorize the North Carolina Association of Private Investigators Board of Directors to amend the North Carolina Association of Private Investigators Constitution and By-Laws to reflect said changes.


2016 NCAPI Fall Conference Information !!

The 2016 NCAPI FALL Conference will be held November 1-3, 2016 at the Hilton Durham. The cost for NCAPI members who register before October 15th is $50.00 and $100.00 after October 15th. A person must be a member as of August 31st to attend the conference for the $50.00 rate. Non-members are $100.00 before October 15th and $150 after October 15th.

The motel room rates are $105.00 { plus taxes } per night. The deadline for the motel rate is October 2nd. The room rate is good for two day before and after the conference. Remember to book your motel room early !

NCAPI Fall 2016 Schedule

NCAPI Fall 2016 Registration Form

NCAPI Fall 2016 Sponsor info

Gregory A Hatten

2016 NCAPI President



NC Private Investigators Can Continue Using GPS Trackers

A recent update to a North Carolina GPS tracking bill would allow private investigators to use a tracker under certain circumstances, in the context of a lawful investigation.

North Carolina Senate “Cyberstalking” Bill 238 outlines the regulations governing GPS tracking devices used by private investigators. The initial bill removed licensed private investigators and private detectives from the use of such devices, which would greatly hinder the private investigation business.

GPS tracking has become a critical tool in the private investigation industry. Following a target with just a single investigator has many challenges. Many cases require the use of 2 or more investigators to keep an eye on a single vehicle, which can end up being costly to the client.

The good news to investigators is that the amended bill added private investigators and private detectives back in the bill as an exception to the rule. This bill has since passed both the House and the Senate, has been ratified as of 09/28/2015, and is awaiting signature by the Governor to be put into law. The bill, if signed into law, would go into effect December 1, 2015.

The new wording for this bill includes the following: 14-196.3 (5)(k)

(b) It is unlawful for a person to:

(5) Knowingly install, place, or use an electronic tracking device without consent, or cause an electronic tracking device to be installed, placed, or used without consent, to track the location of any person. The provisions of this subdivision do not apply to the installation, placement, or use of an electronic tracking device by any of the following:

  1. A private detective or private investigator licensed under Chapter 74C of the General Statutes, provided that (i) the tracking is pursuant to authority under G.S. 74C-3(a)(8), (ii) the tracking is not otherwise contrary to law, and (iii) the person being tracked is not under the protection of a domestic violence protective order under Chapter 50B of the General Statutes or any other court order that protects against assault, threat, harassment, following, or contact.


In case you’re not aware of Chapter 74C of the General Statutes, here it is:

G.S. 74C-3(a)(8)

(8) Private detective or private investigator. – Any person who engages in the profession of or accepts employment to furnish, agrees to make, or makes inquiries or investigations concerning any of the following on a contractual basis: a. Crimes or wrongs done or threatened against the United States or any state or territory of the United States. b. The identity, habits, conduct, business, occupation, honesty, integrity, credibility, knowledge, trustworthiness, efficiency, loyalty, activity, movement, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, acts, reputation, or character of any person. c. The location, disposition, or recovery of lost or stolen property. d. The cause or responsibility for fires, libels, losses, accidents, damages, or injuries to persons or to properties. e. Securing evidence to be used before any court, board, officer, or investigative committee. f. Protection of individuals from serious bodily harm or death.

This is big news for the private investigator business. The bill is designed to protect investigators who are acting in accordance with their authority by law. This bill, should it become law, will allow a private investigator to use a GPS tracking device to investigate the activity, movement, whereabouts, acts of any person, or for the location or recovery of lost or stolen property when in a contractual basis to furnish such information.

Will this allow private investigators to place a GPS tracker on any vehicle they want as long as they are working a contract agreement with a third party? Based on the current language, that would appear so, as long as it is not otherwise contrary to law and the person being tracked is not protected by a domestic violence protection order or any other court protection order.

Many private investigation companies have company policies regarding the placement of GPS trackers as it is. Some prevent their investigators from placing a tracker on a vehicle unless the person requesting such placement meets one of the following criteria:

1) Is the owner of the vehicle or has equal ownership of the vehicle such as a vehicle that is considered marital property,

2) The vehicle is a fleet vehicle for a business and the person is an agent within the business that is authorized to place a tracker,

3) The person is the parent of the minor wishing to be tracked,

4) The person is the legal guardian of an individual to be tracked who is incapacitated or disabled.

If signed into law, this bill could change the way some investigators use GPS trackers in their investigations. For the most part, this is good news for private investigators and their clients, as it gives PIs more options.

But even though the bill doesn’t seem to explicitly prevent private investigators from placing a tracker on any vehicle they want (as long as they are doing so under contract), I would be wary of freely doing so — you might find yourself as the defendant in a suit or criminal charge, which could cause this bill to be challenged and changed.