By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
After covering the private investigator community of Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region for half a decade, I will be moving on. February 29th will be my last day as the Denver Private Investigator Blogger. It has been an inspiration and an honor to serve the Colorado private detective community and legal investigator industry for over five years.
Whether your niche is defense Law and/or defense law investigations or process service you are a vital part of Colorado's legal industry and before I head into the wide blue yonder (more of an overcast snow grey yonder given the last week's Denver metro weather, I wanted my penultimate post to provide a list of training and legal investigation enrichment opportunities to get you through spring and summer 2020.
For starters, Mayor Michael Hancock will host three of the Central Park Five this Saturday, February 22nd at the Colorado Convention Center. Watching Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana interviewed by Denver's Mayor Hancock is a can't miss opportunity for anyone working in legal investigation and legal defense industry with an interest in systemic bias and social injustice. Especially if you watched and were moved by the award winning Netflix series, When They See Us.
See also: Reid Technique defamation controversy
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See also: the Colorado connection to When They See Us
On Wednesday, March 4th 2020 at 6:00 PM, MST the Hilton Inverness at 200 Inverness Drive W, Englewood the Professional Private Investigator Association of Colorado (PPIAC) will host a training event titled, "Virtual Machines for PIs in OSINT Investigations" for Linux pros as well as Linux newbies wanting to learn more about open source intelligence. The instructors are from Digital Silence and you can learn more about the event as well as the PPIAC on their website. There will also be training and professional development events in early April.
Finally, if you're looking to sharpen you Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) smarts, the State of Colorado will be hosting free workshops through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) this summer and fall in the Denver, Pueblo and Grand Junction. Workshops will include crime scene photographing, crime scene diagramming, mechanics of injury (sharp force, blunt force), impression evidence (footwear, tire) and more. The training time will span a total of 24 hours. Visit the CBI website for more information.
For Denver private investigators who are skipping work and heading to Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska for the Great American Eclipse and for Denver private investigators who are staying in Colorado
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
The last time an eclipse crossed the United States via ocean to ocean trajectory was 1918. It's happening again on August 21st and although Colorado misses the zone of "totality" where a total eclipse can be witnessed, many Coloradans --including many Colorado private investigators-- are throwing their drones and surveillance cameras in the back of their SUVs and hitting the Northbound I25 to take advantage of this rare opportunity.
In Glendo, Wyoming where I'm heading on Monday, August 21st the partial eclipse is expected to take place between 10:24 a.m. and 1:12 p.m. and the total eclipse (depending on where you are in Wyoming) runs from 11:45 a.m. to 11:47 a.m.
As careful as private investigators are on the job, the importance of safety, even for those viewing the partial eclipse from Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Trinidad or Pueblo, cannot be underemphasized. Rod Pyle's SpaceDOTcom story about eye damage caused by viewing "partial solar eclipses with faulty equipment as a child" is a poignant one. "Trust me," he cautions, "it's not worth it. And the worst part? There are no pain receptors in your eyes, so you won't know you are damaging them until a few days later when it's too late."
And for those of you who have to miss the total or partial eclipse due to work assignments? Check out Dave Mosher's Business Insider article about how to follow "NASA TV's feed." Mosher explains that "Facebook will also promote the space agency's 4K-resolution, 360-degree Facebook Live broadcast from Charleston, South Carolina. This livestream will be fully interactive, so you can look around and feel like you're actually on the ground in the path of totality. (Though nothing can beat the real experience.)" Of course if you really want the larger picture, you can also see how eclipses look like from space by going here and seeing how Discover Magazine compiled space images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter, however as Mosher says, nothing will beat the real thing.
The United States Postal Service's heat sensitive eclipse stamps are the first postage stamp made with heat activated ink. Chromatic Technologies Inc., a 54 person team based in Colorado Springs, provided the special thermochromic ink for the 60 million solar-eclipse stamps printed this summer" according to The Denver Post. The Denver Post also wrote a useful article (via a Boulder Daily Camera correspondent from Ft Collins) on pet safety tips during an eclipse.
If you tweet your eclipse photos to us at @MileHiPI we'll be sure to share them with the community. You can also share your eclipse images on our Facebook page.
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