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    • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    • Friday, July 26, 2019
    • The Antlers Hotel 4 S.Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO

    Come celebrate NATIONAL PI DAY with us on this conference kick off July 24, 2019 with our regular conference commencing July 25 & 26th.

    2019 Rocky Mountain

    Private Investigators Conference:

    July 24-26, 2019

    Held at The Antlers Hotel

    4 South Cascade Avenue

    Colorado Springs, CO 80903


    This promises to be the best year yet. Our pre-conference speaker is the renowned Cynthia Hetherington, presenting the latest and greatest on the ever-growing field of OSINT (open source intelligence.) This field of investigation is becoming essential in many different cases.

    Amenities include a sponsored cocktail hour, a hospitality suite, plenty of time for networking and meeting new colleagues- and the conference will finish up in time for you to enjoy the weekend in Colorado Springs.

    Attorneys and Paralegals, this conference has been approved for 18 CLE's and 2.8 Ethics Credits. Register for the conference TODAY!

    Here are some conference highlights:

    Wednesday, July 24th

    Cynthia Hetherington: Global Open Source Intelligence Training - Advanced Online Investigations

    As an investigator, social media platforms and search engines are important tools for tracking down facts and following leads. This class expands your general knowledge of social media platforms and search engines, allowing you to create thorough reports for your clients.

    At the conference, we will go beyond identifying targets and locating their social media accounts. Participants will learn how to open every aspect of social media to explore where key information can be hidden or overlooked.

    You will identify which search engine to use, when to use it, and what results you should expect from each by conducting hands-on advanced Internet and social media searches.

    We will also evaluate and review several free and fee-based resources on the market for locating unique information and monitoring social media.

    Upon completion of this course, investigators will be able to conduct advanced search strategies; utilize social media search tools; and incorporate free and fee-based alert services and monitoring tools into their investigations.

    Thursday, July 25th

    Sheila Wysocki: Podcasting, the Next Investigative Tool

    No Case is too Cold

    Private Investigator, Sheila Wysocki, takes matters into her own hands using unique methods such as crowd-sourcing and podcasts.

    For private investigator, Sheila Wysocki, no case is too cold. She embraces the challenge and views each case as a mission to seek justice - and seeking justice is what she does.

    Wysocki became a household name in the private investigation world after she helped solve the cold-case murder of her college roommate, Angie Samota, more than 25 years later. Only wanting to figure out Angie’s case, Wysocki was ready to close the case on her PI career. However, that’s when letters from around the world came pouring into her inbox begging her to help their families who had mysteriously lost a loved one. “I just couldn’t say no,” recalls Wysocki, “these families were in the same position I was after Angie’s death and I knew I had to at least try to help them.”

    Since then, Wysocki has worked on over 100 complicated cases, has been nominated as one of the Top 20 Best Nashville Private Investigators, and voted the number six most influential women private investigator. She has been featured in The Washington Post and has appeared on Anderson Cooper, Dateline, Katie Couric, A&E Biography’s “I Solved a Murder,” ABC’s 20/20, Crime Watch Daily, Criminal, and numerous other podcasts. Persistence has always been how her colleagues characterize her and that persistence has paid off in the many cold-cases she has worked.

    Wysocki’s style of investigating may be different from your typical private investigator. She believes the media is your friend in any and every case. The more the case is publicized, the better the chances are of people coming forward with information. Wysocki also uses modern, cutting-edge techniques, including crowd-sourcing. This is where she presents the case to the public in an in-depth manner so they can give their feedback to provide information that will help solve the case. In 2018, Wysocki hosted a “P.I. Experience” in Nashville, TN at Crimecon, a true crime convention. Participants investigated the Jonathan Crews case, an active case Wysocki is working. “The idea of crowd-sourcing is a brilliant way to bring people together who think differently and to work together as a team. Each individual brings different aspects to the table while putting the pieces of the case together,” states Wysocki.

    Branching off from the idea of crowd-sourcing, Wysocki produced a podcast in 2018 titled, Without Warning: The Lauren Agee Case. The podcast focuses on an active case she’s working about a young 22-year-old woman who was found deceased in a lake at the bottom of a cliff where she and her friends had been camping the night before. Wysocki dives deep into the case revealing live audio tapes from police detectives, witnesses, and suspects. Since debuting the podcast in July of 2018, it has frequented the Top Podcast Charts on iTunes and the “New and Noteworthy” section. Listen to new episodes weekly on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Podcast.

    Wysocki is constantly looking at what’s next and taking on new cases. She is currently working on the Lauren Agee case, the Jonathan Crews case, and two new podcasts, one focused on an expose of colleges and the other on a partnership with Resonate Recordings on a Mississippi murder mystery. When not buried in her investigative work, Sheila Wysocki loves to spend time with her husband, two sons, and her dogs. To stay up to date with her and the cases she is working on, follow her Without Warning PI pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

    Jane Cracraft: How to Approach Reluctant, Hostile, and Adverse Witnesses

    After 20 years as a reporter for The Denver Post, Jane Cracraft spent 22 years as a legal investigator. She has interviewed more than 10,000 people. Her specialties included criminal defense, personal injury, sexual harassment and intellectual property cases. Jane Cracraft was president of PPIAC 1990-91. Active in NALI, she served on the CLI testing committee and was editor of the quarterly journal The Legal Investigator. Jane Cracraft is a CLI and a CCDI.

    In 2007 she received the annual “Investigator-Philosopher” award from the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council for leadership in the field. After retiring as a PI, Jane Cracraft continued as associate editor of PI Magazine for a total of 12 years. Now fully retired, she lives in Colorado and Arizona and travels extensively. 

    Amber Schroader: Smartphones & the Apps that Rule Them

    Smartphones are more than just messages and phone calls they are the Apps that rule their data. Understanding the process of these devices and the data they contain can provide you greater insight to your suspects. As many users have moved to third party Apps to be able to attempt to hide data from potential investigations learning the process to turn over the data in these apps for information is critical. In a sea of millions of Apps it is important to learn how to find the App and then view the data in a parsed and unparsed form.

    Throughout the past two decades Ms Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics. Ms. Schroader has developed over two-dozen software programs designed for the purposes of recovering digital data from mobile phones, computer hard drives, email, and live monitoring services. Ms. Schroader has taught and designed the established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that have been used by numerous organizations throughout the world.  Ms. Schroader has coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” as well as started the momentum and push to the “Forensics of Everything-FoE” with her focus to unique problems in digital evidence and solutions in the area of IoT devices. Ms. Schroader has been a huge industry influence in pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence and the acquisition process and analysis techniques used.  An accomplished curriculum developer and instructor; Ms. Schroader has written and taught numerous classes for this specialized field as well as founded multiple certifications.  Ms. Schroader continues support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.

    Nicole Cusanelli and James Nanos: PI Magazine, Unsolved Magazine, and PI GEAR!

    Come view the latest and greatest demonstrations of those unique and coveted gadgets and gear that make an investigator's life easier. Thumb through the latest copies of PI Magazine, renew your subscription, and HOT OFF THE PRESS view Unsolved magazine.

    Friday, July 26th

    Sam Petitto- Until Proven Guilty: Police Investigative Procedures Explained

    This course is for experienced, novice, and aspiring criminal defense investigators. If you have never worked inside an area bordered by yellow crime scene tape, you probably have questions about how and why police do what they do - or don't do. This course will provide matter-of-fact answers to those questions, along with clarification to some common misconceptions about police work.

    You will be taught which specific documents should be included in discovery for common types of criminal cases. You will also learn why knowing how to identify missing discovery documents might be more important than properly evaluating the documents included in the case file.

    From scene evaluation to interviews to evidence collection to report writing, you should gain a better understanding of how police are trained in these procedures. You should also begin to understand why their efforts sometimes fall short, and how the defense team can leverage those shortcomings in every criminal case you investigate.

    Sam Petitto is a legal investigator specializing in felony criminal defense and K-9 consulting. He is a Senior Board Member at Large for PPIAC, Region VI Director for NALI, a member of NCISS, and has taught a variety of courses at the Pueblo Community College Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Before embracing the PI lifestyle, Sam was professional hide-and-seek player for the City of Durango Police Department.

    Charles McCormick: Schnee/Oberholtzer case

    We need your Help to solve this Cold Case!

    On the night of Wednesday, January 6, 1982, temperatures fell to 20 below on the snow-covered 11,500 ft. Hoosier Pass that connects the ski resort community of Breckenridge in Summit County and the bedroom communities of Alma and Fairplay in Park County, Colorado. This was the night that Barbara "Bobbie" Jo Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee were murdered under cover of darkness and desolation.

    Hoosier Pass has long been a commuting route for those living in Park County and finding jobs in Summit County. There is no record that Bobbie Jo and Annette knew one another, but each was likely hitchhiking separately southbound on Colorado Highway 9 toward the pass, heading home at the end of the work day. On that bitter cold January night, the pass became a sprawling death scene for the two young local women...

    Please see the schedule below for more topics and speakers

    Questions? Email training@ppiac.org

    Registration Options

    Guest registration for 3 days (July 24-26)  $575.00

    Guest Registration for 2-day Conference $300.00

    Guest Registration for Pre-Conference (July 24th) $300.00

    PPIAC/PSACO Registration for 3 days (July 24-26) $425.00

    PPIAC/PSACO Registration for 2-day conference $225.00

    PPIAC/PSACO Registration for Pre-Conference (July 24) $225.00

    Ask us about the LEO/GOV discount! (training@ppiac.org)


    Tuesday, July 23, 2019:

    Hospitality suite open                                                                       

    6:30 PM

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019:

    Pre-conference full-day training: Open Source Intelligence

    Cynthia Hetherington- OSINT 

    8:30 AM-10:00 AM


    10:00 AM-10:15 AM

    Cynthia Hetherington

    10:15 AM-12:00 PM

    Lunch Break                                                           

    12:00 PM-1:30 PM

    Cynthia Hetherington                                                       

    1:30 PM-3:00 PM


    3:00 PM-3:15 PM

    Cynthia Hetherington                                                       

    3:15 PM-5:00 PM

    Cocktail Reception                                                      

    6:00 PM-7:30 PM

    Hospitality suite open                                                                     

    7:30 PM

    Thursday, July 25, 2019


    7:30 AM


    8:00 AM-8:15 AM

    JP Moore

    Lawyers-Investigators and the Rules of Professional Conduct                              

    8:15 AM-9:30 AM


    9:30 AM-9:45 AM

    Amber Schroader

    Smartphones and the Apps that rule them                 

    9:30 AM-11:15  AM

    PI Magazine                                                            

    Investigator Equipment Demonstration      

    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM


    12:00 PM-1:30 PM

    Jane Cracraft                

    How to Approach Reluctant, Hostile and Adverse Witnesses   

    1:30PM -3:15 PM


    3:15 PM-3:30 PM

    Sheila Wysocki                                                            

    Podcasting, the Next Investigative Tool     

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Hospitality Suite open                         

    5:00 PM-6:00 PM/Reopens 9:00 PM

    Friday, July 26, 2019:


    7:30 AM

    Darren Cantor                                                              

    Common Ethical Pitfalls        

    8:15 AM-9:45 AM

    Sam Petitto                                                             

    Until Proven Guilty: Police Investigative Procedures Explained     

    9:45 AM-10:45 AM


    10:45 AM-11:00 AM

    Charles McCormick                                

    Schnee/Oberholtzer Cold Case                                      

    11:00 AM-12:30 PM


    12:30 PM-1:45 PM

    Sean O'Brien

    Law Enforcement Trends in Cyber Crime               

    1:45 PM-2:45 PM

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    • Wednesday, August 07, 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Hilton Inverness, 200 Inverness Drive W, Englewood CO 80112

    Monthly Training & Networking Meeting

    Wednesday August 7, 2019

    "The Qualities of a Professional lnvestigator"


    Hosted at:

    Hilton Denver Inverness
    200 Inverness Drive West

    Englewood, CO 80112


    4:30 – 6:00: PPIAC Board Meeting (Senior members welcome)
    6:00 – 6:30: Networking
    6:30 – 8:00: Training:  The Qualities of a Professional Investigator 

    Come join us for an interactive presentation with Robert Orozco as he leads a discussion about the qualities needed in a Professional Investigator.

    This topic was so popular at our recent C.I.D.I. training that it ran overtime! Come join us and be prepared to add to the discussion.

    Speaker bio:

    Robert Orozco has been a professional investigator for over a decade and a half. Robert is highly experienced in insurance defense investigations and specializes in surveillance for insurance defense and corporate investigations. Robert has trained investigators in stationary and mobile surveillance, the use of up-to-date surveillance equipment and techniques and in writing effective and professional reports. In early 2010 Robert became involved in and testified in an effort to defeat Colorado HB10-1012, a bill that would have eliminated surveillance in Colorado workers compensation investigations. The bill was ultimately defeated.

    Robert became President of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado in November of 2010. During his term as President, Robert was influential in introducing Colorado’s PI license bill. The bill would ultimately be passed into law after 36 years of previous attempts by PPIAC and took effect in July 2015. As Past President of PPIAC, Robert continues to work toward elevating the standards of professionalism for investigators in Colorado. Robert utilizes his years of experience and knowledge to obtain the most accurate information possible to help our clients resolve their investigative needs. Colorado license #0000010


    This month's meeting is at our new location: 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112.

    Come early, network in the Lounge, order dinner at the restaurant and bring your meal to the meeting room located in a Room TBD and enjoy listening to Robert Orozco and networking. Bring your business cards!

    You may order a meal through the Fireside Restaurant or purchase ready-made food at the Snack Shop.

    It is advisable to arrive by 5:45 pm to place your order for your meal.

    Conference Room A is found by taking the right hallway from the lobby, and walking down to the first alcove on the right. There will be signs.

    Guests are welcome to attend for two meetings, free. 

    Click the link below to view the menu at the Fireside restaurant.

    Note: the Fireside does not accept telephone orders.

    Fireside Dinner menu October 24, 2018.pdf

Past events

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 June 5, 2019 PPIAC Training Meeting
Saturday, May 11, 2019 Colorado Investigative Development Institute 2019
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 May 1, 2019 PPIAC Training Meeting
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 April 3, 2019 PPIAC Training Meeting
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 February 6, 2019 PPIAC Training Meeting
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 January 2, 2019 Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 PPIAC 2018 Annual Business Meeting - November 7, 2018
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 October 3, 2018 PPIAC Training Meeting
Thursday, September 13, 2018 2018 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 August 1, 2018 PPIAC Training Meeting
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 June 6, 2018 PPIAC Training Meeting
Saturday, May 19, 2018 DETECTING DECEPTION
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 May 2, 2018 PPIAC Training Meeting
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 April 4, 2018 PPIAC Training Meeting
Wednesday, March 07, 2018 March 7, 2018 PPIAC Training Meeting
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 February 7, 2018 PPIAC Training & Networking Meeting
Wednesday, January 03, 2018 January 3, 2018 PPIAC Monthly Training Meeting
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 November 1, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Saturday, October 07, 2017 Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery Method Certification
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 October 4, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Thursday, September 14, 2017 2017 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 August 2, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 June 7, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 May 3, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 April 5, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 March 1, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Friday, February 24, 2017 Digital Evidence 101
Friday, February 10, 2017 Digital Evidence 101
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 February 1, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Monday, January 30, 2017 Digital Evidence 101
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Digital Evidence 101
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 January 4, 2017 PPIAC Meeting
Saturday, December 10, 2016 Annual PPIAC Holiday Party
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 PPIAC November Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 October 5, 2016 PPIAC Meeting
Thursday, September 22, 2016 2016 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference
Saturday, August 13, 2016 The basics of building your PI business
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 August 3, 2016 PPIAC Meeting
Saturday, June 11, 2016 PACES 2016 Educational Seminar
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 June 1, 2016 PPIAC Meeting
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Surveillance Symposium
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 April 6, 2016 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 March 2nd, 2016 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 February 3, 2016 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 January 6, 2016 PPIAC Training Meeting
Saturday, December 12, 2015 Annual PPIAC Holiday Party
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 November 4, 2015 PPIAC Meeting
Thursday, October 08, 2015 2015 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 September 2, 2015 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 August 5, 2015 PPIAC Meeting
Saturday, July 25, 2015 3rd Annual PPIAC Private Investigator Fundraiser Banquet
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 June 3, 2015 PPIAC Meeting
Saturday, May 16, 2015 PACES 2015 featuring Michelle Stuart
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 May 6, 2015 PPIAC Meeting
Saturday, April 25, 2015 The basics of building your PI business
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 April 2015 PPIAC Meeting
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 March 2015 PPIAC Meeting

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