Chapter 3

Qualities of the Investigator


This chapter acknowledges that the investigative process involves hard work that is tedious, time-consuming, and, at times, frustrating. The chapter provides information on the common denominator among all investigators, as well as twenty-one qualities that are necessary for a successful investigator to possess, which include: observant, resourceful, patient, people-oriented, receptive, self-starter, skeptical, energetic, logical, intelligent, intuitive, good actor, creatively imaginative, and professional. The chapter also includes definitions and details for each of these characteristics, as well as examples of how they are applied in the investigative process. The chapter contains a self-quiz for ...

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