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July Monthly Training
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
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Cliff Carpenter

Brief Bio:


1957    Honor Graduate of Kilgore High School, Kilgore, Texas

1962    Graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas Major: Accounting

Minor: Economics

1964    Federal Training regarding production of alcohol Washington, D.C.

Bardstown, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana San Francisco, California Longview, Texas


1965    Federal Training, Treasury Enforcement Law Officer Training School (TELOTS), Washington, D.C.


Basic and Advanced A&TT Training, Washington, D.C.


1969    Specialized Training for Revised National Firearms Act and Federal Firearms Laws, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Also explosives laws and regulations


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1973         Federal Wagering Laws

Student; then Instructor, Dallas, Texas San Antonio, Texas

1976-1977     Management Schools in Washington, D.C. and Dallas, Texas (Coordinator)


Covington, Kentucky (Cincinnati, Ohio)



Oilfield Roughneck

U.S. Army-Corps of  Engineers Texas Liquor Control Board Federal Agent - Treasury Location Service/Landman

Oilfield Service Company Co-owner/manager Licensed Private Investigator- TXPI # A-03770 Co-owner of East Texas Educational Supplies

Topic Description:

Practical Ethics

Turtle Flying Lessons

By Cliff Carpenter, Jr., TBCI


Every day a professional private investigator performs their duties, they are confronted with ethical choices. Most of the time, we discharge these duties ethically from habit and prior training. We know to be "good boys and girls."


Occasionally, however, there are challenges, even for the "old timers." And, we should all realize for those entering the private investigator sector, these "good habits" are not automatic. We all need to be available for consultation and guidance. Personally I would encourage all to obtain and study the work of Ms. Kitty Hailey, CLI, "Code of Professional Conduct, Standards and Ethics for the Investigative Profession. This gold standard book is published by Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company, Inc.


Just like our laws, we must interpret the meanings instantly while the courts have days, or years, to study intent. Private investigators often must make judgment calls on a wide range of subjects.

Ideally, we make the correct call every time . . . but, realistically?


To be as prepared as possible, we need to consider multiple variables. Do we have the background to do the assigned task? Do we have the support necessary to carry out the expected task? And, for this particular discussion, have we advertised that we can teach turtles how to fly? Have we oversold our abilities?


I promise you, at one time or another, we have all most likely inadvertently oversold our expertise. I have ... in fact, recently. I was in a hurry. Facing a deadline, I did not have time to provide details nor do a time-consuming favor. I said, "Sorry, I cannot do it. I am putting together a double fatality truck wreck." The other party "heard, i.e. assumed," I did accident reconstructions and recommended me for a big case. I had to decline and explain what I should have taken time to do in the first place.

So, do we mislead from the beginning? Is the very name of your agency misleading? a.) Worldwide Investigations?

b.) A picture of Sherlock with a magnifying glass your logo? c.) "Crack Investigator" in your description?


You have to be careful from the inception of your company forward.





                War Stories? If you did not work the case, it is okay to tell the story with the caveat, "A friend of mine did this." Or even, "I consulted with a friend and he found out that ... "


War Story: I was once interviewed for a job by a battery of engineers and attorneys. Little did I know, the guy sitting next to me was neither. He was the very wealthy owner of the corporation for whom the job was to be performed.  Do not oversell yourself.

or, if you are put in that situation, phone a friend and take him or her along.


Now back to the Flying Turtles. A friend of mine, a very capable Private Investigator, made such an agreement. For "Big Bucks," he did make the turtle fly! You could say he won the race but could not pay the price. (?)

Let's visit.