chapter  2
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General Characteristics of a Competent Investigator

In the investigative realm, as in any other occupation, certain skills, qualities, and competencies are essential to success. Although differing personalities, styles of operation, and skill levels exist, there are common traits that constitute the professional investigator. Although there is variation in how to accomplish the investigative task, there is a sort of “investigative DNA.” Russell Colling, in his text, Hospital Security, portrays the solid investigator as a “natural.”