Next up on our Investigator Spotlight is Investigator Tianna Nightingale. Tianna took a few minutes out of her schedule to answer a few questions for us.
What made you want to become a Private Investigator?
Initially, I thought that being a private investigator meant that you would be hired privately to conduct surveillance on spouses or other requested subjects. Once I was introduced to Cabral Investigation Services, I realized it was so much more than that. I loved the criminal aspect of investigations and never thought that I would be able to do that without becoming a police officer first. I started at CIS as an intern and was able to see first hand what being a private investigator at this company consisted of. I feel that the criminal aspect is really what pulled me in.
What do you feel it takes to be a Private Investigator?
I feel that an important personality trait is to have an open mind! I feel that this is a very important trait to have in this field. You need to be able to be open to any and all situations whether that be in regards to a case or a situation you may be put into. You have to be able to manage your composure in uncomfortable situations. Also, being organized and having good time management skills is key. I believe it is important to have good social skills. You are required to speak to many people you have never met about situations that may be uncomfortable for either party.
What is your favorite part of being a Private Investigator?
My favorite part about being a criminal defense private investigator is discovering facts about a case from speaking with all parties involved. What I enjoy most is when I review all the evidence of a case and have a strong feeling or idea that some or all of the allegations are fabricated. It is always rewarding to be able to discover those truths for the client. There have been times where I speak to alleged victims and witnesses and they completely own up to the fact that they lied to the police. I feel that this is my favorite part because no one should have their life ruined or affected for something that they did not do.
When you’re not working cases, what are some things you like to do?
When I am not working I am usually spending my time with my two huskies and my boyfriend. I love to go on nature walks with them such as trails or the beach. I also enjoy being able to relax and watch a thriller movie in bed!
Who were your role models growing up?
My role models growing up have always been my sisters. I feel this is because they have always been the ones to truly understand me. We have all experienced almost everything together and I have seen them manage to create successful lives for themselves and not depend on anyone else to get where they are.
What is your favorite television show or movie related to being a Private Investigator?
I don’t have a particular movie or TV show that involves specifically a private investigator but I do enjoy crime shows and movies such as Criminal Documentaries, Dexter, Forensic Files, etc.
What is the most dangerous case you’ve worked on?
I have worked on cases that have made me feel that I could potentially be in danger while I was working. Regardless of the case matter, anyone you come across can be dangerous. There is one case in particular that I felt was a scary case to work because it required finding someone that no one could find after he committed many crimes. Every person that I spoke to at the addresses I had listed for this person, pretended they had no idea who he was until they had later told me that he was dangerous. It is not so much about the case and more so about the backgrounds of the individuals you go to speak with that can be dangerous
What do films and television shows get wrong about being a Private Investigator?
I feel that most television and movies I have seen with PI’s have been pretty accurate. Now this does not mean that there aren’t many films out there that give the wrong impression of what we do. One of the most deceiving part about private investigators in movies is that we solely focus on private investigations rather than criminal. While this may be true for other private investigation companies, Cabral Investigation Services has investigators who focus mostly on the criminal cases.
What is your favorite thing about working for CIS?
My favorite part about working for CIS is that we can all come together and share our ideas and cases together. We tend to work together as a team effort.
Any advice to young girls out there thinking about going into criminal justice today?
I think that if you are passionate and interested in the criminal justice field, you should go for it. I actually changed my major after studying criminal justice for two years. Although, in my heart I did not want to change my major, I felt discouraged and that since I am a smaller woman I would not be able to succeed in a career in the field. This is most definitely not true. The reason I changed back was because I knew this is what I have always been interested in doing. I did not want to let my fears push me away and potentially have me regret that decision in the future.
It is our hope with this blog to help answer questions, concerns and give a little insight into what Cabral Investigation Services is about. Feel free to give us a call for a free consultation at 857-417-2053 or shoot us an email. If there is a topic or concern you’d like to see addressed on our blog, send an email on over to cd@cabralinvestigationservices