(02/09/2018 Jefferson City, Missouri) - According to the late 2017 financial statement as released by the Missouri Board of Private Investigators, there is a funds balance of $114,318.05 going into 2018. The projected funds held by the state for 2018 are estimated at $187,225.00 which doesn't take into account state personnel management cost - all this with minimal licensing compliance.
The point to all this is there are many other facets of Missouri Commerce which could be brought into PI licensing compliance, namely... the statewide (quasi-government) Public Defender Investigators who are not licensed as law enforcement OR private investigators (NO OVERSIGHT). It is customary in almost every state for public defender investigators to be licensed as private investigators on the state and federal levels. With 114 counties in Missouri enough of these public defender investigators could be brought in to bring the license cost down for everyone. This is a gaping financial hole you could drive a Mack truck through. Also, Missouri Private Investigators are effectively barred and blocked from these public defender investigator jobs because of the private in-house buddy buddy system without any licensing or oversight.
One has to only assume that since the Missouri Licensing Board is fairly new... with lots of competing interests in the newly formed Missouri Private Investigations Board, many folks were able to talk lawmakers into opting out of compliant licensing. This may have been good then, but not now... Even though the state shows a surplus in funds, that surplus does not reflect the personnel cost for management of the Private Investigators Board.
Another problem with the board lies with the hardship of Missouri State Private Investigators getting Driver's License photos, apparently, the circle of trust between the state and people who they license in mostly non-existent. This is a bizarre roadblock that shouldn’t exist, the state trust PI’s with tag information but not photos?
There are also some issues related to the exorbitant insurance requirements, which are not uniform with other states. If you were a Missouri Attorney you wouldn't pay as high of premiums.
The board did a good job putting licensing together in 2010 but there is much more work to be done.
"by private investigators for private investigators"