Once a deputy sheriff, Kirby Lavallee is now a private investigator and founding partner of Sharpline Investigations, LLC. “Many of the services my company provides are investigations related to fraudulent claims. These investigations are especially rewarding in helping the general public because when people file fraudulent claims, everybody ends up paying for it.”

(Photo Courtesy of Kirby Lavallee)

(Photo Courtesy of Kirby Lavallee)

Lavallee has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. “I earned my Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of South Florida where I graduated with honors. I was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, this is a certification less than 1% of law enforcement officers ever achieve.”

What inspired you to enter this field?

“While I was a deputy sheriff I loved the challenge of working hard to help others by gathering the detailed facts and uncovering the truth. I have always had the drive to go the extra mile to get to the bottom of a situation.”

“Within the field of private investigations, we provide both investigations and personal security for clients. In law enforcement I carried out many assignments which have increased my proficiency in both conducting investigations and providing security.”

What advice would you offer someone looking to enter your field?

“The best advice I can offer someone entering this field is to make sure your heart is in it. It’s not only what happens in the office Monday through Friday but often at night or on the weekend. You must be willing to make yourself accessible for the clients. And you must enjoy it!”

“As a business owner, each and every interaction you have and every relationship you make could lead into a prospective client. I would recommend just being yourself, don’t try to put on a show and be someone who you are not. Above all, be honest and fair. If you are, clients will go out of their way to do business with you. Picture the greatest level of customer service you have ever experienced. If you treat clients that very same way, then you will have nothing but success! ”

Karen Hansen M.S. Earth Sciences, has been writing about earth and the environmental sciences for Examiner.com since May of 2010 in addition to having been an educator and consultant who has facilitated over 200 courses for a private university. Karen loves to learn and write about clean disruptive technology and policies and the people on the planet too. She lives and works in Sacramento, CA. You can find her work at SF Solar Energy Examiner, SF Environmental News Examiner and Environmental News Examiner