RICHARD BROOKS INVESTIGATIONS, LLC - "Chasing down the truth.....with a vengeance!"
Richard A. Brooks, CPS, CFI-FTER Lead Investigator, Case Manager & Expert Witness Richard Brooks Investigations
Richard Brooks Investigations, or RBI, was founded in 2006 by Richard A. Brooks to offer Jackson, Mississippi and surrounding areas professional investigative services.
Mr. Brooks and his writings have been featured in law enforcement and private investigation publications. Richard has also been featured in the local media and as a guest on private investigation podcasts. He has authored legislation to require all private investigators in Mississippi be licensed. Richard Brooks often speaks at various functions on a variety of subjects, primarily the PI profession and licensing. Mr. Brooks also teaches continuing education to other private investigators throughout the country in the fields of licensing, insurance fraud and criminal defense investigations. Richard has also taught Ethics to private investigators. If you'd like Mr. Brooks to speak at your next event, please contact us. We want you to understand that our agency is dedicated to professionalism and work within the laws set forth by the state where the investigation is being conducted.
Our Founder’s Background: Richard A. Brooks joined the United States Air Force in 1986 to serve his country. During his military career, Mr. Brooks served as an active duty Air Force Policeman. He was honorably discharged after completing his tour of duty. Shortly after, Mr. Brooks joined the Mississippi Army National Guard and served as a Combat Military Policeman, continuing his career in the armed forces. During this time, he was granted a Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance. He received an honorable discharge from the National Guard and joined the Hinds and Rankin County Sheriff’s Departments in Central Mississippi.
Civilian Law Enforcement Experience: As noted, Mr. Brooks began his civilian law enforcement career in 1993. Richard worked for the Hinds & Rankin County Sheriff's Departments after being honorably discharged from the military. In 1995, Mr. Brooks became a City of Jackson Police Officer after graduating as an Honor Graduate from JPD’s Police Academy. During his career with the Jackson Police Department, Richard worked as a Patrol Officer and was transferred to Vice & Narcotics where he worked undercover on a temporary assignment. He later served on JPD’s Gun Interdiction Unit and also served as a Field Training Officer. While on patrol, Mr. Brooks served as a Field Crime Scene Technician where he gained valuable experience that he continues to use today. While at JPD, Mr. Brooks successfully completed the FBI’s Criminal Investigators School.
Mr. Brooks left the Jackson Police Department and joined the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. While at the state narcotics bureau, Mr. Brooks served as an undercover agent, a case agent, a K-9 handler, a member of the state’s Interdiction Unit, a member of the Narcotics Street Crime Suppression Unit and a member of the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit. While in Diversion, Mr. Brooks was the only agent in the state conducting overdose death investigations. In 2001, Mr. Brooks left law enforcement and began to work as a private investigator full time.
Richard later returned to law enforcement and continues to serve as a sworn Mississippi law enforcement officer today.
Private Investigations Background: As a PI, Richard has conducted all types of investigations across Texas and the Eastern United States. He has been a surveillance investigator, a special investigations unit (SIU) investigator, a special investigations unit manager, a case manager and a criminal defense investigator. Richard has worked for many firms, to include several nationwide investigative agencies and law firms.
Mr. Brooks accepted a promotion to case manager and relocated from the Jackson, Mississippi area to Orlando, Florida in 2005. As a case manager in Orlando, Mr. Brooks managed the entire state of Florida’s investigations, which included up to 25 full and part time investigators. Even as the state's case manager, Richard Brooks continued to work complex cases himself. Richard returned to the Jackson, Mississippi area at the end of 2006 to be closer to his children. At that time, Mr. Brooks started Richard Brooks Investigations, LLC, to offer investigative services across Mississippi and surrounding states with the same high quality and standards of much larger licensed investigative agencies across the United States. Unlike most agencies and what sets him apart from other investigators, Mr. Brooks enjoys utilizing undercover tactics to this day in many of his cases.
Although he has been licensed in 9 different states during the course of his career as a Private Investigator, currently Mr. Brooks holds PI licenses in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. Mississippi still does not have PI licensing despite the efforts of Richard Brooks. Having said that, RBI is a licensed and insured company with the Mississippi Secretary of State's office..
Mr. Brooks holds the certification of Certified Forensic Interviewer in the Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery method (CFI-FTER) with the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. Richard Brooks is a board accredited investigator with the CDITC. Richard Brooks is also a Certified Process Server (CPS) with the National Association of Investigative Specialists.
President of MPIA: In December of 2014, the members of the Mississippi Professional Investigator’s Association unanimously voted Richard A. Brooks to serve as the President of the association for 2015. This was Mr. Brooks’ third time as the President of MPIA. Mr. Brooks accepted the position for 2015 with the understanding to all that his goal was to establish a PI licensing law for the state of Mississippi. On January 1, 2016, Richard became the Immediate Past President of the association. He continues to serve on the board of MPIA today. Richard also continues to pursue licensing for all Private Investigators in Mississippi.
Association Memberships & Presidency of MPIA: In addition to serving as President of the Mississippi Professional Investigators Association, Mr. Brooks also served as the Association's Secretary. He served two terms as Secretary and three terms as President. Richard A. Brooks remains the Director for the State of Mississippi’s chapter of the Association of Christian Investigators. Richard was also the first Northwest Regional Director and Legislative Committee Chairman for the National Association of Missing & Exploited Children. Mr. Brooks is currently a member of the Mississippi Professional Investigators Association and the Council of (PI) Association Leaders. Richard has been a member of the Alabama Private Investigators Association, the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators, the Louisiana Private Investigators Association, the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators, the National Council of Investigation & Security Services and the International Intelligence Network (Intellenet).
Non License State Requirements – Warning: Again, BE CAUTIOUS of those investigators who only work non licensed states, those who have not been licensed in other states and those who do not receive regular continuing education. Most states require a background check and continuing education to be completed annually. Many others require a state exam. Alabama recently passed a PI licensing law and Richard A. Brooks was one of the first 12 to become licensed in the state. Mississippi still has no requirements to be a private investigator. In the past, Mr. Brooks has been a licensed PI in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, New York and Tennessee.
We hope that you think of us for your next investigative assignment, whatever it may be.