Palisade International provides many services across the Private Investigation industry.  All of our investigators are licensed and trained to provide the highest quality of service and outcomes across the many different areas and specialties of private investigation.

The overall goal of private investigation and the services that are provided under investigations is to provide information that can help a client’s cause.  We use many different techniques and skills to gather information.  Whether civil or criminal matter, private investigators discover facts and information that can help reveal the truth.

Areas of investigation include:

  • Domestic Investigations
  • Child Custody
  • Missing Persons
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Corporate Theft
  • Breach of Contract
  • Due Diligence
  • Employee Theft
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Computer and Cellphone Forensics

One of the largest areas that Palisade specializes in is gathering information, intelligence and evidence via different surveillance methods.  Understanding the laws regarding surveillance and eavesdropping is vital to conducting a lawful investigation.  Palisade utilizes the most advanced techniques and technologies to obtain lawful evidence.

Mobile and Stationary Surveillance
Often, all that is necessary to gather needed evidence is to establish surveillance near a subject.  Video and photographic evidence is acquired by merely watching the subject and recording their activities.

Covert Surveillance
There are times when investigators must get closer to the subject to collect lawful evidence on their actions.  This is often done in public locations such as restaurants, bars and other venues.  Covert technologies such as camouflaged cameras that look like other types of devices are used.

Unmanned Surveillance
There are situations where the presence of an investigator would be very obvious and might change the behavior of the subjects.  At these times, cameras are used remotely to capture evidence.  They can be disguised as utility boxes, placed in vehicles and camouflaged and placed in trees.  These cameras are usually difficult to detect and can remotely upload photos and videos to the Cloud.


What is risk?  Risk is the likely hood that a business or individual will be exposed to danger, threat, or peril.  In today’s world,  we are all engulfed in various levels of risk – from driving a car to violent crime.  The degree of risk is determined by several factors including location, exposure and social environments.  Personal risk comes from relationships, wealth, careers, behaviors and pubic activities.  Risk to businesses materializes from employees, products, areas of operation, pubic views about the company, media and accidents.

Palisade International are experts in reducing and addressing both personal and business risk.

As an individual in today’s world, we are getting used to managing some forms of risk.  For instance, driving a car to work and home involves a certain level of risk.  Our occupations create various levels of risk.  A nurse working the night-shift of an intercity emergency room is exposed to a high level of risk at various times.  

A corporate executive of a Fortune 100 company is frequently exposed to high levels of risk due to public opinion about the company, travel, perceived wealth and policies that he or she institute internally within the company or in the marketplace.  Corporate executives frequently face the anger of employees that feel that they were wrongfully terminated.  Public figures such as new anchors and radio personalities may have fans that turn into stalkers.  The list of situations is almost unending.

There are 3 primary steps necessary to address risk:

  1. Identify, understand and measure the risk exposure,
  2. Take preventative measures to reduce or mitigate those identified risks,
  3. Respond appropriately when risks materialize into tangible threats.


Palisade International provides personal protection to business executives, celebrities, pastors and many other types of clients.  These services are applied locally, throughout North America and across the world. The size of the team assigned depends on the level of risk determined in working with the client and in completing a Risk Assessment.

Executive protection (EP), also known as Close Protection, refers to security and risk mitigation measures taken to ensure the safety of VIPs or other individuals who may be exposed to increased personal risk because of their employment, high-profile status, net-worth, affiliations or geographical location.  It can also apply to the protection of a group of individuals or a business with high risk of attack.

People often think of Secret Service Agents as the example most closely representative of EP professionals.  Often, misconceived is the image of the bulky, muscular bodyguard reminiscent of a retired linebacker.  More often than not, professional executive protection agents are very difficult to identify and come with expertise developed over many years of training.  In fact, there are a wide set of skills and expertise applied to protecting an individual and those close to them.  Executives are often surprised to learn that women are experts in executive protection as well.

Executive protection is its own highly specialized field within the private security industry. Elite executive protection professionals will have specialized training in executive protection, driving, first aid, and marksmanship.  Risk reduction specialists will apply a wide set of skills and measures to increasing the safety of high risk clients.

These protective measures may include home security systems, close protection agents, armored vehicles, convoy techniques / vehicle scramble plans, mail screening, private jet travel, background checks for other employees, and other precautions. Executive protection may also provide security for immediate and/or extended family members to prevent kidnapping and extortion.

Agents are trained in many different areas and have many skills including pre-planning, evasive driving, risk management, foreign languages, self-defense and weapons training.

During an engagement, an executive protection team may have agents performing in a variety of roles to better protect the client, including:

  • Agent in Charge
  • Assistant Agent in Charge
  • Tactical Commander
  • Motorcade Lead
  • Advance Lead
  • Mobile Agent
  • Static Agent
  • Protective Intelligence Agent.

Regardless of the situation, Palisade International is able to provide the services needed to keep our clients safe.

Hostile Termination

Much has been written, discussed and reviewed about how to handle the termination of an employee. Regardless of the reason for termination, the risk to the business, management and other employees increases significantly as a result of the termination of an employee.

One thing to always remember is even when the employee is viewed as easy going and mild mannered, that same employee can turn to violent behavior. We have recently seen in the news the sad results of individuals that turn violence when terminated,  The question becomes, what can you do to help ensure a termination does not turn into a violent situation and if it does, how do you deescalate, minimize and manage that violence? The answer is preparation and prevention and using the right tools.

You must remember when terminating an employee, for whatever reason, you are taking away their ability to make a living. In some cases, you may be adversely affecting their ability to get another position in the near future. This can be a monumental stress factor for the employee.  This level of stress to the employee might be compared to the same stress level a person feels when a divorce or break-up is imminent or a close loved one dies.

Palisade International can help reduce the risk of hostile termination and protect the management and employees of the company.

Corporte Risk

Loss of a key executive, or even the tumble in performance of an important executive can be destructive to a company’s performance.  This damage is not only internal to a corporation, but external – customer’s and market confidence has be shaken and market capitalization can be diminished.

We don’t often consider the risks that a corporate key executive can and will be exposed to on a daily basis.  External forces, competition and random chance could have an interest in damaging a company’s performance or market perception by threatening or attacking an executive, board member or advisor.  Disregarding market perception and corporate performance, ex-employees could have an interest in hurting or killing an executive perceived to have been the cause of his or her termination.

Moving on to other company assets, what public damage would be done to a company that has an active-shooter event and is determined to be liable for not “doing enough” to protect the employees, management and assets of the company?  The resulting litigation and financial costs and damages can be astronomical and even fatal to a company.

Corporate risk must be constantly considered, reviewed and pro-actively protected against whenever possible to assure that a company remains internally effective and strong from a market perspective as well.



Whether a corporate executive, a celebrity or a professional sports figure, it is important if not vital to consider the personal and public risk that they might be exposed to.  However, we are often not effectively analyzing the total risk profile and catastrophic consequences that might exist after a personal attack.

Take a professional basketball player who plays for an NBA team.  Should he be hurt or injured due to an attack by a fan with a grievance – what is the overall result.  Not only does the player lose some or all of his income, but the team’s performance falters as a result of losing a key player.  But the risk does not end there.  What about that player’s family that he supports through his professional career?  What happens to his support infrastructure like managers, business managers and sponsors? The list goes on.

Seldom do corporate executives consider the entire horizon of those that could be hurt due to an attack, kidnapping or a death.  While the company may have kept “key man” insurance, does the family have adequate insurance to continue living as they did when the executive was working at full performance and capability.  What about the family role that the executive plays – whether mother or father?

Individuals that have high public exposure must consider the risks that they are exposed to and do what is necessary to add protection and expertise to mitigating the risks.