“The most valuable source of knowledge is experience.”
Hello, my name is Chris and I own BGI Associates LLC.
BGI is a Professional Investigator Agency specializing in Investigative and Protection Services. We conduct Corporate and Private Investigations, Executive Level Protection, Live Scan Fingerprinting, Background Screening, Active Shooter Training and Investigative GPS Tracking.
Opening a Professional Investigator Agency was a natural career transition for me. Prior to BGI, I had spent 25 years working in state and federal law enforcement. I started my law enforcement career in 1988 as a reserve deputy for my local Sheriff’s Department. After graduating from college and the Police Academy in 1989, I started as a seasonal foot patrol officer for a small lakeside community. While the phrase “small lakeside community” may sound quaint, my dear friend and former partner was shot and killed in that town after a jail break in 1994.
In the fall of 1990 I started as a full-time patrol officer with a small town also in Western Michigan. I worked in uniform patrol for almost 15 years. During that time I received 3 state wide recognition awards and 4 letters of commendation for going above and beyond in the performance of my duties.
In 2004 I left the curbs and streetlights and headed to a larger rural law enforcement agency where crack cocaine and handgun violence was much more prevalent. It changed policing for me from that moment on. No more relative safety and security of a prosperous smaller city, I learned quickly it was time to change my prior tactics or suffer serious consequences. I witnessed more violence and drug related activity in a week than I had seen in an average year at my last job.
In 2006 I received a job offer from a state and federal law enforcement agency out of Southwest Michigan and Northwestern Indiana. Based on my prior experience and their rapid growth, I was able to rise quickly through the ranks. I started as a road patrol officer, patrolling 4 counties, 15 federal parcels in 2 states. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2008, Lieutenant in 2009 and shortly after to Captain. I was eventually promoted again and spent my last few years as the Director of Law Enforcement.
During my last 4 years I was responsible for 10 Counties in 2 different States. I was coordinating with 2 US Attorney Districts, 2 FBI Districts, 10 County Sheriffs Associations, 10 County Chiefs Associations, 2 State Sheriff Associations, 2 State Chiefs Associations. I managed over $5,000,000 in grants and directed a staff consisting of a Lieutenant, 5 Sergeants, 1 Detective Sergeant, and 18 road patrol officers. I also planned, implemented and managed a Conservation Policing Unit.
I have policed most everywhere from Northern Most Michigan to inner city Chicago. My continuing education process brought to trainings and conferences all over the USA. I have experience with courts at every level from local Municipal Courts, County District and Circuit Courts, to Federal Courts System in Michigan and Indiana.
I did this while driving 75 miles each way to work for my last 9 years. It was large undertaking and I sincerely thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to serve so many communities.
In October 2014 I decided to leave police work and open my own Investigation Agency. I obtained my state Professional Investigator License and established BGI Associates LLC in 11/2014. I opened the doors to my first customers in February 2015.
We are off to a great start. We are committed, experienced and diligent about protecting our clients. All of this combines to make BGI Associates the best choice for your investigation and security protection needs.
Give us a call to learn more about what BGI can do for you!!!!
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