NJ's Uptick In Private Investigators - My9 New Jersey

NJ's Uptick In Private Investigators

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Since 2008, over 4,000 of New Jersey’s police officers have been laid off, and more New Jersey residents are turning to Private Investigators for help. In 2012, the profession saw an 18.3% increase in New Jersey, bringing the number of New Jersey Private Investigators to 290.

Joe Blaettler of East Coast Private Investigations is a professor of criminal justice and former deputy police chief of Union City. Blaettler has done it all from busting cheating spouses to clearing the innocent from murder charges, but now he raises the bar by specializing in busting corrupt local officials.

Blaettler busted Union City Police Chief Charles Everett working out at the gym in the middle of a shift. He says working with the media is sometimes the only way to expose New Jersey corruption.

Blaettler says that when it comes to cases of corruption by public officials, it’s all about requesting public documents, but it’s not always easy to get the government to hand them over. Blaettler has sued Union City five times for not releasing documents and won all five times.

With all of his sleuthing, it’s surprising that Blaettler has never gotten into trouble himself. “Thirty years combined of a police officer and a PI. I’ve never been sued.” He said.


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