Law Day and other May events and training opportunities for Denver legal investigators and security professionals and aspiring drone pilots
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
In case you didn't know, May 1st is Law Day and if you're not sure how to plan the day holiday that's been on the radar since Dwight D. Eisenhower's time, check out the Colorado Bar for events being hosted at libraries, court houses schools, television stations, community centers and press clubs throughout the country.
The 2018 Law Day theme is "Separation of Powers" and while it may be too late to order Separation of Powers swag from the American Bar there is still time to reflect on the role private investigators play in the legal process and geek out on the holiday's kooky history.
"The desire to suppress the celebration of May 1, or May Day, as International Workers’ Day aided in Law Day’s creation" according to History.com May Day had communist overtones in the minds of many Americans, because of its celebration of working people as a governing class in the Soviet Union and elsewhere.May Day had communist overtones in the minds of many Americans, because of its celebration of working people as a governing class in the Soviet Union and elsewhere." So in addition to the Jackson Pollack and Apollo Program, we can thank the Cold War for creating Law Day.
On Wednesday, May 02, 2018 you can stop by CB & Pott's in Greenwood Village, located at 6575 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111 at 6:30 P.M. for a Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado training session and drone flying refresher with Jason Downing. (Please note the fang toothed, multi propellor drone pictured below --taken right before I almost crashed into the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Boettcher Concert hall-- will not be the one used in Wednesday's training and demo.)
Want to learn some FBI history over Old Fashioned? Stop by the oldest press club in the country on Thursday, May 10 at 6 PM for a Fireside Chat featuring Sandra Windsor whose memoir, “FBI Wife” explores what it’s like to live next to big moments in history.
She will be talking about what it's like to hold a family together with a partner engaging in headline events starting with the JFK assassination and continuing on through to her husband's untimely death as he headed north to investigate a white supremacist group in Laramie.
Then on Saturday, May 19th at the Parker Public Library in Parker, Colorado there will be a 9:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Detecting Deception workshop with private security professionals John Bocker and John Clark. Workshop will focus on interview techniques and PPIAC members can attend for $99. Learn how to be better prepared and pick up non-verbal queues. Training will include food, beverages and workbook materials. Library is located at 20105 East Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138.
How a conscientious Fort Collins Ranger used wildlife cameras to rescue "Dottie," the lost llama of Loveland
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
Thanks to a conscientious ranger, a spotted llama's harrowing sojourn, which began the summer of 2017 when she presumably wandered off a local llama farm and into Bobcat Ridge Natural Areas Open Space, is over. Dottie was recently relocated to a New Mexico animal sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her llama life, drama-free.
See also: The lost llama of Loveland: an update and Lost llama running around Loveland area
After surviving six months of solitude on the 2,607 acre natural area ---llamas are herd animals and very social, by nature-- Dottie entered the corral adjacent to the ranger's home on her own initiative. This was not an arbitrary turn of events.
"We were trying to get her to get used to coming to a specific location, with the intent to try and capture her there," explains Fort Collins Natural Areas & Trails Ranger, Karl Manderbach. Although the parking lot area has a webcam for visitors to monitor parking conditions, he set up a separate wildlife camera overlooking hay bales that he placed, hoping she would start feeding off of them.
Eventually Dottie was not only feeding off the bales but she was eating hay out of Manderbach's hand. Still skittish, she would run off before he had a chance to coax her into the nearby corral.
Undeterred, he continued to monitor her activities and build trust by feeding her. Then one morning he entered his office and saw she was down in the parking lot. "I shook the grains so she could hear me and she walked right into the corral," explains Manderbach.
The corral was part of the working cattle ranch before the area became open space but the history of the land's inhabitants go further back. There is evidence that the Ute and Arapahoe wintered on the land and lived off Bison. Then the pioneers and homesteaders came and farmed cattle. The natural area opened to the public in fall of 2006, however, as far as anyone knows, this is the first llama it has hosted.
Native to the South American Andes, llamas are relative newcomers to North America, after the presumed migration of the original camelid to Asia across the Bering Strait. In the 1900s William Randolph Hearst imported Llamas to populate San Simeon in California because they were "exotic." According to the New York Times "Ambassador llamas" are sometimes used as therapy animals to visit sick, elderly and disabled. In Colorado they are used as trail animals and sometimes their fleeces are sheared and used as wool for clothing.
The original owner never came forward, however neighboring llama owners recognized and confirmed that her name was Dottie and that prior to her Bobcat Ridge Open Space sojourn she had been the property of a person that no one was willing to identify. This leaves one to infer that, most likely, Dottie had been deliberately abandoned by that person.
After securing Dottie in the corral, local llama farmers and animal sanctuary owners who initially expressed interest in adopting her had lost interest in the prospect. Buckhorn Llama Company owner, Stan Eble, however, "graciously took her for a couple days. State Parks and Wildlife then took her until she ultimately found her new home" explained Manderbach. That is how she finally ended up at an animal sanctuary in New Mexico.
When The Denver Private Investigator Blog initially covered the story, we offered to feature any Colorado private investigator who could figure out who Dottie belonged to. This never occurred, however, thanks to the dedicated Bobcat Ridge Natural Area team Dottie was rescued, regardless.
Private investigators are frequently called upon to solve missing person cases or help adoptees reunite with their birth parents. PIs can also provide surveillance services that involve placing stationary cameras in locations that a person of interest is likely to go.
Although Karl Manderbach is not a private investigator and Dottie is not a "person" we feel it is appropriate to feature the City of Fort Collins' Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, regardless. You can learn more about Bobcat Ridge on the video we've embedded at the end of the article along with driving directions so you can plan your visit!
Bobcat Ridge's address is 10184 West County Road 32C, Loveland. From Fort Collins, take Harmony Road west, it turns into CR 38 E. Follow CR 38 E to Masonville. Go left (south) at the Masonville Mercantile onto CR 27. Follow CR 27 about 1 mile to CR 32 C, head west about 1 mile to the Bobcat Ridge parking lot.
From Loveland, go west on Highway 34 about 4.5 miles west of Wilson Avenue. Turn north on CR 27 by Big Thompson Elementary and drive 4.5 miles. Turn left on CR 32C and go 1 mile west to the Bobcat Ridge parking lot.
Note: The parking lot often fills to capacity on weekends and holidays. If the lot is full, please come back another time (no parking on the road). Horse trailer parking is limited to 8 spots. Check the camera below before you go!
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Colorado private investigator and detective industry bucks national salary disparity trend with female PIs earning 95 cents on every dollar their male private investigator counterparts earn, for the same work
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
Colorado bucks the national salary disparity trend when it comes to salary discrepancy based on gender. Data USA, a Deloitte, Datawheel and Macro Connections collaboration publicly posted data compiled by the census bureau and the American Community Survey (ACS) revealing that salary averages of the 78,239 person workforce making up the United States private investigator and detective industries reflect a disparity between genders that is already greater than the national disparity average.
See also: the 2016 World Investigator Conference has thirty-three speakers and only one of them is female.
The Pew Research Center's latest report (created using the same US Census Bureau data that Data USA used) concluded women employed full-time earned 80% of what their male counterparts earned in 2015 (when the latest census was taken) and when comparisons were made of part-time employees in the field, the average women earned 83% of what their male counterparts earned.
Using Data USA's database to isolate salaries by industry and gender I could see that the average female private investigator in the United States earns 75 cents on every dollar that her equally qualified male counterpart earn doing the same same job.
The public database, however, fell short when it came to isolating by states. This prevented me from the viewing Colorado-specific data I needed to see how the disparity impacted this blog's primary audience.
To find out how, specifically, Colorado private investigator disparity averages compared to national averages, I contacted Data USA and asked them to isolate the Colorado private investigator salary data, separating the salary averages for males and females, so that I could inform my readers how their male and female private investigator's salaries compared to the national averages.
Johnathan Speiser responded with a spreadsheet in which he had isolated all the private eye salaries in the country by gender as well as by state. Consequently I was able to calculate how the salary disparity between men and women impacts private investigators in the State of Colorado.
While female private investigators in Colorado earn an annual average of $52,489 their male Colorado counterparts --with the same qualifications and working in the same job-- average $55,321 annually.
Female private investigators in Colorado still earn less than their male counterparts for doing the same work, however the disparity isn't as dichotomous as it is in other states.
The United States equal pay equal opportunity commission, the "Equal Pay Act" requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. "The jobs need not be identical but they must be substantially equal. It is job content, not job titles, that determines whether jobs are substantially equal. Specifically, the EPA provides that employers may not pay unequal wages to men and women who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility, and that are performed under similar working conditions within the same establishment." The 2015 US Government Census data, however, tells a different story.
If you are a female private investigator living in Denver, Colorado, you can expect to earn 95 cents on every dollar your equally qualified male counterpart earns doing the same job. That is a full 20 cents on the dollar over the national average income disparity that female PIs in can expect to experience nationwide.
Conclusively this means if you are an average female private investigator working in the State of Colorado, chances are you are about 20% better off, salary wise, than the female PIs in other parts of the country. You are still going to be earning 5% less than your equally qualified male counterparts for the same job, though.
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