What is a Private Investigator?

A Private Investigator is a person who for hire investigates and provides information. In the State of California, Private Investigative agencies, and Private Investigators within those agencies, are what is pigoverned by the ASIS. The State of California it is required that Private Investigators be licensed and bonded. Many Investigators in the stat belong to different California Association of Private Investigators, also known as CALI. The ASIS does not limit the Investigators work, yet it specifically empowers licensed Investigators to research or investigate information on individuals, corporations or the like. Accordingly, only authorized, licensed Investigators are able conduct surveillance operations or undercover work. Investigators are permitted to search for individuals such as missing persons, witnesses or criminal offenders, as well as being permitted to search for property, assets, etc.

Private Investigators may be hired by civil persons, corporations, various Government agencies, police and the military. Some Investigators involve themselves in civil or domestic cases, while others specialize in corporate and/or criminal matters. Smaller groups of Private Investigators work in what is known as "ops" (special operations). Many of these Investigators have a law enforcement or military background. Cases these Investigators work on are extremely sensitive and risky and therefore are rarely made public.

In today's society, many people choose to use Private Investigators over police in order to keep the investigated and collected data away from the public. In some instances, the police may not be provided with enough evidence to act on a complaint. A Private Investigator may be retained to collect the necessary intelligence required for the case to proceed. In other instances a Private Investigator may be recruited by a lawyer to collect information that normally would not be of interest to other agencies. For example, perhaps you disagree with the outcome of a report or investigation that affects you civilly or criminally. A Private Investigator may be hired to reinvestigate or re-examine the situation in order to search for an alternate conclusion.

Domestic, corporate, or criminal, some of a Private Investigator's work is routine. An Investigator is required to research, collect evidence, interview, proceed with surveillance and other undercover work, gather videotape and/or photographs, and let us not forget the task of lengthy report writing. Investigators never shy away from working long hours, challenging the unknown and, in some cases, risking their lives. But, as many people assume, this profession is full of exciting moments as well. Well...it is! However, being a Private Investigator has its difficult and stressful moments. Often this career takes the Investigator away from his family and close friends for lengthy periods of time. Despite the time lost with those close to us, being a Private Investigator is an addictive and extremely rewarding career.

Client Reviews

Empire Pacific Investigative Services

4.8

Based on 88 reviews

Kim J.
My Son found Mike at Empire Pacific because we needed a detective in order to find someone. We had spend a lot of time and money on many search people websites and never found anything current on the person we were trying to find. We hired Mike to do an initial check to find the person. Mike called and said on the initial check that he had found what we needed, he said the second step would be to go look by foot and there would be a fee per hour. About 2 hours later Mike called and told us he had found the person and gave me his current phone number. I called and sure enough it was the person I was looking for. Now this shows how honest Mike is because he could have easily billed me for a few extra hours of leg work (which is paid per the hour) and I would not have known he already found the person. Mike was very attentive when I called and either picked up his phone or called me back very fast. I would highly recommend Mike, he is vey good at what he does and is respectful, honest and FAST!
Agustin C.
Mike Hakimi from EPIS is a true professional. He helped me with my case. He delivers effectively and fast! I was trying to find someone that nobody has heard from him from since the late 90's, I was very unsure he was still around. I needed to find him and interview him for my movie project. A key character. And Mike incredibly found him. Don't hesitate hiring Mike for any type of service.
Shera C.
Very pleased with Mike and his staff. Thank you for handling this surveillance case on such short notice. I was very pleased with your services and will do biz again with you for sure. I will be in touch:) 5 Stars!!!
Lance R.
Mike and his team are as professional as it gets. Very prompt to reply and understand the finesse needed in this service. I appreciate his expert feedback and how to best proceed in the most efficient way possible. Thank you again!!!

-LRR
Yossi S.
I have highest, highest praise for Mike at Empire Pacific Investigative Services. I had to take someone to court and I was concerned whether sheriff is efficient enough to do the serving or they will just attempt and I pay for nothing. I talked to Mike about serving this particular person and on top of it I try to force future steps of collection and Mike was extremely helpful to show me in and outs of all the options that I have and how he can help me.

My concern was the person that I am suing would play hide and seek, not available during the day and difficult to catch. Sure enough Mike served the paper within 2 to 3 days and informed me accordingly.

I am so happy to know Mike and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone that has needs for his services.
Kevin O.
I was searching for a family relative, for over 40+ years with no such luck. So I decided to find a private investigator. I contacted Mike at Empire Pacific Investigative Services and in the same day he found the person I was looking for easily. I was so blown away! This service is AAA+ and I would definitely use them again, again and again! Thank you Mike!
Deborah O.
Top notch experience with Empire and Mike!
No lag time or waiting around. He gave me the difficult diligence I needed within the week.
Professional, friendly and available whenever I need the.
Prompt response time and easy to reach!
Thanks Mike! I'll be using your services again. Wouldn't go to anyone else!

Deb Olberding
Magda S.
I had very good experience with Empire Pacific Investigative Services, Mike was very determined and efficient, detail oriented and reliable. His work effect exceeded my expectations.
Yossi S. Los Angeles, CAV
0 friends
4 reviews

11/20/2017

I have highest, highest praise for Mike at Empire Pacific Investigative Services. I had to take someone to court and I was concerned whether sheriff is efficient enough to do the serving or they will just attempt and I pay for nothing. I talked to Mike about serving this particular person and on top of it I try to force future steps of collection and Mike was extremely helpful...

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Agustin C. Los Angeles, CA
10 friends
3 reviews

4/26/2018

Mike Hakimi from EPIS is a true prfessional. He helped me with my case. He delivers effectively and fast! I was trying to find someone that nobody has heard from him from since the late 90's, I was very unsure he was still around. I needed to find him and interview him for my movie project. A key character. And Mike incredibly found him. Don't hesitate hireing...

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Marcus B. Ewa Beach, HI
32 friends
86 reviews

2/27/2018

I contacted Mike at Empire to do some research for me on an old insurance claim. It ended up not being along the lines of work that he was an expert in but what was so great about the experience was that Mike went out of his way to find me someone that did specialize in the area. If you are considering a couple options on who you need for your investigation you...

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Magda S. New York, NY
27 friends
2 reviews

3/21/2018

I had very good experience with Empire Pacific Investigative Services, Mike was very determined and efficient, detail oriented and reliable. His work effect exceeded my expectations.

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Shera C. Orange, CA
8 friends
24 reviews

2/27/2018

Mike's firm is awesome. I gave them short notice to conduct surveillance and they totally delivered. Thank you and your staff for handling this assignment for me on such short notice...

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Jonatan C. Chatsworth, Los Angeles, CA
0 friends
8 reviews

8/25/2017

I have worked with a few private investigation firms, and in my opinion, Empire Pacific Investigative "Mike Hakimi" is the best one...

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