Dutch Harbor, AK asked in Criminal Law for Alaska

Q: The Police Investigator in my husband's case also operates a private detective business. Is this legal?

The investigator interviewed CIs in his private office and used his issued police radio in a photo advertising his business. In his LLC filing with the department of commerce, he listed "solving criminal cases" as one of the purposes of his business. We live on an island of 4000, and there's no way any "collection of evidence, surveillance, [or] interviews" can be perceived in a non-official capacity. Everyone knows him as a police officer.

Is this legal? Is it enough to get my husband's case thrown out?

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Alaska

A: No, it doesn't appear that the fact that this individual runs a private business on the side affects the validity of his investigative results. Whether or not members of the community think of him as a police officer or as a private investigator doesn't appear to matter as well. Alaska, by the way, doesn't license private investigators last time I checked.

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