The Events Issue

November 2016



President's Message

CALI Member Profile


Refer CALI & Earn!


2017 Legislative Day

2017 Annual Conference

CALI Online Exam Prep

PI News


November 13
San Jose District Meeting

November 17
Redding District Meeting

November 17
Orange District Meeting

November 29
Los Angeles District Meeting


December 2
San Diego District Meeting

December 10
Inland Empire District Meeting


January 10
San Jose District Meeting

January 19
Redding District Meeting

January 23-27
ELITE 2017: CDITC Academy


February 10
Los Angeles District Meeting


March 11

March 13
CALI Legislative Day

March 16
Redding District Meeting






June 8-10
CALI's 2017 Annual Conference



Event List

ELITE 2017

NLITE 2017

CALI Legislative Day

CALI 2017 Annual Conference

Certified Professional Investigator

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Platinum Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

CALI Social Networks






President's Message

Thank you again CALI Members for the opportunity to represent you as your President for 2016/2017. 

As your President I have 3 agenda goals:

First is membership! Your membership committee and I have put together 2 programs that I hope will attract new members with incentives for all members. For every new member an existing member refers, the existing member will receive $25.00 toward their membership dues without limit. Furthermore, VP of Administration Maki Kudaka and myself will actively recruit new members at all district meetings throughout the year. With your help we can move toward the goal of 2,000 CALI members!

Secondly, I encouraged VP of Administration Maki Kudaka with the assistance of the Directors at Large and all Governors and Directors to support one another to improve District attendance by selecting excellent meeting venues and inviting Special Guests and Educational Guests to all meetings, and encourage the recruitment of new members at the district level. The CALI Districts are the backbone of our association.

Thirdly, with the assistance of the Conference Committee and Chair Chad Ragan we plan to line up the best and brightest speakers in Reno, June 2017. Our goal is to double conference attendance!

Additionally, CALI members will notice four of the six eNews editions will now be Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer CALI Newsletters. Each Newsletter will feature information for the membership from all CALI Officers, the 14 CALI Districts and the 21 Committees. I hope you all enjoyed the first Newsletter!

This year we have four (4) new committees: First, the Public Relations Committee and Chair Francie Koehler will assist CALI staff promoting important CALI events in the media. Secondly, an Ad Hoc Committee and Chair VP of Security Services Dave Williams was added to the Membership Committee to lead an effort to recruit active and affiliate membership in the PPO, Security and Legal professions. Thirdly, an 'In Memoriam' Committee lead by Oleg Flaksman will establish a Memorial Webpage for all those who have passed while members of CALI. And finally, a conference Ad Hoc Committee with Chair Treasurer Anne Fields will explore a possible 'Big 3" Conference with our friends from Texas and Florida in 2019.

In addition to the new committees, the Unlicensed Practices Committee with Chair San Diego District Governor and last years Governor of the Year Dave Walker will now meet quarterly with the Unlicensed Practices Manager at BSIS. Also, CALI staff and President's Award winner Michele Hyson will assist the History Committee and Chair Treasurer Anne Fields to ensure past CALI events and activities are memorialized on the CALI Website.

If any member wishes to talk to me personally, please call me at 760-383-2338. I welcome your comments and ideas.

CALI, An Association of Excellence!

Many Blessings,

Joseph A. Travers, CPI, CCDI
President, CALI 2016/2017

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ELITE: 2017

Monday, January 23 through Friday, January 27, 2017

Dolce Hayes Mansion
200 Edenvale Avenue 
San Jose, CA 95138 


The California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI)
Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC)

This 40-hour Criminal Defense Investigation Academy to be held on January 23, 2017, at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California.

Participants will be divided into investigative teams and assigned a faculty advisor to facilitate the scenario-based training. The general session will operate in concert with a hands-on mock investigation that allows participants to engage in each component of the investigative process through hands-on learning.  A scenario-based learning practicum will include both day and night staged crime scene processing and role play. Team participants will be provided with simulated case discovery to facilitate application of the skill set taught in the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation. This is a nationally recognized systematic approach to conducting investigations.   

Advanced classes in homicide and sex crimes investigation will be provided for those who have completed the CDITC Component Method Training. Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigators Brandon A. Perron and Francie Koehler will lead the highly qualified faculty and advisors. 

The program will involve participant investigative teams with designated team leaders and faculty advisors to facilitate and lead follow-up discussions. Academy Instructors will provide lecture and media based training in general sessions and lead breakout teams in hands-on training. This is a premier Criminal Defense Training Program and will consist of (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Philosophy and Methodology of Investigation
  • Law - Legal Defenses - Defense Theories
  • Uncovering Reasonable Doubt Component Methods 1-6
  • Forensic Case Review & Analysis
    • The Defendant Interview
    • Crime Scene Examination
    • Impeachment/Background Inquiries
    • Witness Interviews
    • Report Writing & Testifying
  • Forensic & Specialized Training
  • Blood Spatter Analysis & Blood Detection
  • Death Investigation - Theory and Practice

An advanced track will be provided on Days 1 and 2 for those who previously completed the two-day (16 hours) Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council's Certified Course in the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation Case Management.

Instructors and Advisors will be drawn from California-based CDITC and CALI members. Instructors will present the training and advisors will lead the investigative teams or and provide support where needed. All are experienced investigators and/or crime scene evidence processors.
Instructors are as follows (as of 6-22-16):

  • Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER - Academy Director & Instructor
  • Francie Koehler, CCDI - Deputy Academy Director & Instructor
  • Brad Perron, CCDI, CFSI - Forensic Training Coordinator & Instructor
  • C.W. Sellers, CALI - CDITC Training Coordinator
  • George Michael Newman, CCDI - Consultant / Advisor
  • William Anthony Monroe, CCDI - Investigative Instructor/Advisor
  • Ann Fields, CCDI - Investigative Advisor

This is an all-inclusive event!  Registration includes:

  • Academy Training - 40 hours
  • Training Materials - All text, handouts
  • Meals
  • Accommodations for 5 nights (Sunday -Thursday evenings) at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose.
    Please note: Transportation is not included.

Member: $2495.00
Non-member: $2795.00
Register and Join CALI: $2650.00
PAYMENT PLAN: Your Registration is automatically broken up into three (3) payments!  A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required at time of registration.  The balance of your registration will be paid in two separate, equal payments, 30 days apart.

$1,000 deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations must be received in writing (fax or e-mail accepted) by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2017. No refunds of any kind after Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

The general session training includes a simulated investigation and staged crime scene to allow participants to engage in each component of the investigative process in instructor-led teams.

DAY 1 - Component Method of Investigation and Case Management  
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Welcome and Introductions
Team Assignments

  • Criminal Defense Investigation - Fundamentals - Certification (CCDI) - Requirement
  • Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: The Component Method
  • Philosophy & Methodology of Investigation
  • Agents of Counsel and Work Product Doctrine
  • Rules of Criminal Procedure for Investigators, The Law - Development of Legal Defense Theories and Strategic Applications
  • Forensic Case Review, & Analysis, & Lead Development
  • The Defendant Interview
  • Distribution of scenario based training packets

Advanced Track - Prerequisite for attendance: Prior Completion of Component Method 16-hour course, certified by CDITC.

  • Homicide Investigation  

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

  • Team Meetings
  • Case Review
  • Lead Development
  • Fact Management

DAY 2 - The Component Method of Investigation and Case Management  - continued
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Introductions and Announcements

  • Criminal Defense Investigation Fundamentals - (Certification - CCDI Requirement)
  • Crime Scene Inspection
  • Photography, Video, Evidence Collection
  • Diagrams, Measurements, Time Relationship Testing
  • Impeachment Investigations
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Witness Locates
  • Witness Interviews and Statements v. Work-Product Reports
  • Report Writing & Testifying

Advanced Track - Prerequisite for attendance: Prior Completion of Component Method 16-hour course, certified by CDITC.

  • Sex Crimes & Child Pornography Investigations 

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Team Meetings
  • Interview Defendant

DAY 3 - Forensic Science Applications -  Brad Perron CCDI, CFSI
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Introductions and Announcements

  • Working with a Forensic Expert
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Evidence collection
  • Blood Spatter & Analysis
  • Fingerprints & Impressions
  • Forensic Firearms Examination

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Movie: Twelve Angry Men (includes moderated discussion)
  • Critical Thinking
  • Defense Theory Development

DAY 4 - Scenario Investigation Practicum
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Introductions and Announcements 
Faculty-led teams will engage in a scenario-based mock investigation to include the following:

  • Case Review & Analysis
  • Defense Theory Development
  • Defendant Interview
  • Crime Scene Examination
  • Impeachment/Background Investigation
  • Witness Location and Interviews
  • Post Investigation Analysis and Reporting

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Continue Case Development and Investigation
    Finalize Investigation Results
    Final Team Meetings

DAY 5 - Capital Case Mitigation
8:30 am to 5:00 pm 
Introductions and Announcement

  • Capital Case Investigation
  • Mitigation Protocols
  • Records Recovery
  • Interviewing
  • Post-Conviction Relief
  • Closing Remarks, Graduation, and Award of Certificates

Upon completion, all participants will be Certified in the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation and recognized by the CDITC as a Criminal Defense Specialist. The advanced expert designation as a Board Certified Criminal Defense investigator (CCDI) will also be available to those who are qualified.  Additional fees will apply to those seeking the CCDI expert designation.

CCDI designation requirements:

  • The graduates of the Academy who choose to seek the CCDI designation must complete the application and meet the 2 years of experience requirement, completion of 25 comprehensive criminal defense cases, provide written recommendations from two criminal defense attorneys, and pass a written test.  
    Membership in the CDITC is required. The first year's annual dues of $ 50.00 required to maintain certification is waived. 

The initial fee for designation as a nationally recognized Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) is $175.00 per investigator reduced to $125.00 for CALI-CDITC Academy graduates.

November Events

November 13
San Jose District Meeting

November 17*
Redding District Meeting
*The November 17th Redding District Meeting was originally scheduled on November 10, but changed to accommodate the speaker, Mike Obrien, Police Chief, Chico.

November 17
Orange District Meeting

November 29
Los Angeles District Meeting

December Events

December 2
San Diego District Meeting

December 10
Inland Empire District Meeting

January Events

January 10
San Jose District Meeting

January 19
Redding District Meeting

January 23-27
ELITE 2017: CDITC Academy

Refer an Active Member and Earn Credit!

Earn up to $25 for EACH NEW ACTIVE MEMBER YOU REFER AND WHO JOINS CALI.  There is no limitation to the number of new active members you refer.

When your referral joins CALI, we automatically give you a credit on dues for the next year.  Your referral only needs to add your name to the referral box on the CALI application form.  

You can pay for your dues for years to come!

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 February Events

February 10
Los Angeles District Meeting

March Events

March 11
Newly Licensed Investigators Training & Education (NLITE)

March 13
CALI Legislative Day ~ Campaign for CALI!

March 16
Redding District Meeting


Saturday, September 17, 2016
Embassy Suites Anaheim-Orange
400 N. State College Blvd.
Orange, CA  92868


Newly Licensed Investigators Training & Education (NLITE) is an introductory course that is the foundation of CALI's Professional Development Program. The course covers the basics that every new licensee needs to know in order to begin a career as a Private Investigator in the State of California. NLITE provides an overview of the profession, the must haves when starting and operating a business, the laws that new PI's must be familiar with, ethical issues and professional responsibilities. Each attendee will leave with the practical knowledge and tools needed to be a successful Private Investigator and business owner.

NLITE is an introductory program for newly licensed investigators. We welcome all CALI members and nonmembers.


  • C.W. Sellers, CALI - Director of Investigator Education and Training
  • Chris Reynolds, Past President
  • Francie Koehler, Government Affairs Chair
  • David Queen, Esq. - Attorney and Private Investigator


  • Owning and Operating a Private Investigations Business
  • Private Investigation and the Law
  • Report Writing for PI's
  • Preparing for Business
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • PI Legislation

$50.00 - Newly licensed Members or Nonmembers who are yet to be licensed or have been licensed within one to two years from the date of the event.
$75.00 - CALI Members who have been licensed for greater than two years from the date of the event.
$125.00 -  Nonmembers of CALI who have been licensed for greater than one year from the date of the event.

A continental breakfast and light lunch are included with your registration fee. The registration fee is non-refundable. 

Each attendee will receive the following:

  • NLITE Special CALI Membership price of $99.00 for the first year
  • CALI's logo padfolio
  • Certificate of Attendance

CALI 2017 Legislative Day

Monday, March 13, 2016

Registration is now open!

One of CALI's paramount goals is to serve as a legislative force for our industry. We complete this through a number of avenues, but one of our most significant is our annual Legislative Day - Campaign for CALI!!

Don't pass up this event! You will be glad that you participated!


On Legislative Day we gather in Sacramento and meet with our state representatives and/or their staff to present CALI's position on pending and/or future pertinent legislative issues. This day also helps to build and foster our relationships as constituents, and help our cause for future issues and concerns.

We hold a briefing session prior to the meetings and then a post discussion to summarize our experience. If you have never participated-don't worry! We provide you with the necessary tools and a seasoned member to accompany and guide you.

If you are still unsure, we urge you to talk with a fellow CALI member who has participated in this significant day. We guarantee they will have nothing but positive feedback to provide for you.

Please remember that Legislative Day is FREE to CALI members. We can keep it this way through the generosity of our sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. (Registration for non-members is only $50.00). Don't delay!! Register now and make a difference!  Please click here.

For further information about Legislative Day and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Frank Huntington, Legislative Day Chair, at: [email protected]. We look forward to having you participate in this significant day!

Remember, your support is crucial to CALI's continued efforts to make a difference with our profession! 

Monday, March 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Capitol Event Center at the MAY Building
1020 11th Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Click here for directions
Click here for parking information

Registration Fees:
CALI Members: Complimentary
Non-members: $50
Register today!

The day includes continental breakfast and lunch. There will also be presentations from key legislators.

Important Notes:
To be admitted to CALI's Legislative Day, you must provide your home and business address with your registration, in order to identify your Senator and Assembly member.

A P.O. box address will not be accepted.

In an effort to be courteous to our legislators, cancellations MUST be made no later than March 3, 2017. Registrations submitted after March 3, 2017, will not be guaranteed a legislative appointment.

 June Events

Join the California Association of Licensed Investigators for its 2017 Annual Conference: Your Sure Bet! To be held June 8-10, 2017 back by popular demand to the beautiful Peppermill Resort, Spa, & Casino in Reno, Nevada, "The Biggest Little City in the World!" The CALI Conference boasts high profile keynote presenters and sessions as well as an absolutely wonderful venue - a not to miss event!

Conference Highlights

  • Thursday night's Welcome Reception will feature a fully hosted bar service, hors d'oeuvres, putting contest, and cigar night 
  • Friday Morning Keynote Presentation with Donald "Max" Noel, The Unabomber: The Hunt & The Capture
  • Friday night's festivities will include Cocktail Hour with Exhibitors with a fully hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres
  • Annual Conference Golf Tournament (separate fee applies)
  • Exhibitor Showcase ~ view the latest products and services offered by the many vendors that will be present         
  • Several opportunities for networking with your peers
  • Saturday's Keynote Presentation and Lunch with Kelly Riddle, The Case of David Hartman
  • President's Banquet and Awards Ceremony ~ this semi-formal event will honor CALI Officers and Directors for their contribution throughout the year.  The 2017 President's Award will be presented in addition to the Distinguished Achievement Award (separate fee applies)
  • Opportunity to sit for the CPI Examination (separate fee applies)

Don't miss the PI event of the year!  

Reserve Your Guest Room:
Peppermill Resort & Spa
2720 S. Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89502

A discounted guest room rate of $99 is available until May 16, 2017 and subject to availability.  For room reservations, click here to use the convenient on-line reservation link or call (775) 826-2121 and ask for the "CALI discounted rate."

CALI's Online PI Exam Prep Course

CALI is proud to introduce its online PI TEST PREP course!

To become a private investigator in the state of California, an individual must pass the state licensing examination. This course is designed to build a foundation of investigational knowledge to prepare students for the California Private Investigator (PI) exam. It was developed by the CALI Online Learning Committee, practicing private investigators who added their expertise, experience, and knowledge to the creation of this prep course.

For more information about CALI'S ONLINE PI TEST PREP course, please click here.


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