Do you have a relationship with local police? Do most private investigators?
I would say that’s kind of a myth. In my case, I come from a cop family; grandfather, father, uncles—I would never want to get a cop in trouble for helping me out, and that 's what it comes down to a lot of the time. Most cops wouldn't even do it in the first place, because they know how serious of a violation it is. A lot of times, cops become private eyes, then get in trouble for selling/buying information from their friends who are still on the force. If cops provide information that is confidential for money, everyone involved can be arrested.
I’ve even heard of guys hanging around the police station and waiting for people to leave their computers to go to the bathroom or whatever. I mean, that’s pretty low. And a lot of times, the shortcuts are just that. I don’t work that way. I don’t work for favors, and I don’t do favors. That’s how you have to be.