Bertram S. Falbaum
CII, CPI, CPP, CFE, BCFEI, FACFEI, CIP, CHS-III
Bert Falbaum founded Investigative Dynamics, Inc. (IDI) in 1989.
Bert, having completed his military service as an electronics technician in the US Air Force, traces his professional career back to 1958 in Beverly Hills, California when he worked as a private investigator for one year. In 1961, having completed degrees in Police Science and Police Science and Administration (with honor), he returned to his chosen profession, but this time with the federal government. His entry into the public sector was with the Customs Service in successive assignments in San Pedro, California; Nogales, Arizona and Los Angeles, California as a Customs Enforcement Officer, Customs Port Investigator and Customs Agent.
From 1966 to 1969, Bert went on to serve as a Course Developer/Instructor and Lead Course Developer/Instructor at the Treasury Law Enforcement School in Washington, DC. He was selected as one of five from among 1200 Treasury Department-wide applicants to serve on this, the first permanent Instructor staff. Following this assignment, in 1969 Bert remained in Washington and returned to the Customs Service where he served as a Special Agent-Analyst at Customs Headquarters. While serving with the Customs Service, he earned a Master of Public Administration degree at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
In 1973, Bert was selected to serve as Deputy Chief, Division of Law Enforcement, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior. He is quick to point out, "Wildlife is one word."
In 1979, Bert returned to "hands-on investigations" when he accepted an appointment as Criminal Investigator, Office of Special Investigations, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, Washington DC. Among a host of other sensitive duties and responsibilities, Bert was responsible for conducting investigative efforts to detect and bring to justice, alleged Nazi war criminals residing in the United States, through close coordination with his counterparts in national and international law enforcement and intelligence communities.
In 1986, Bert returned to the private sector by accepting a position as vice-president of Investigative Group, Inc. (IGI) in Washington DC. In 1992 he left IGI to launch the development of Investigative Dynamics, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona. While he was with IGI, the company grew from having seven employees in two offices (Washington and New York) to seventy-four employees in eight offices (Washington, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, London and Sydney).
During the course of his career, Bert has engaged in leadership positions in many local, national and international professional associations. He served as President and Founder of the Customs Special Agent Association and has served as Regional Director and Board of Directors Member-at-Large of the National Association of Investigation & Security Services, as President of the Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators (twice) and as Treasurer and President of the Council of International Investigators. He currently serves as chapter Vice-Chairman of the American Society for Industrial Security, as a member of the Board of Directors of INTELNET, as Past-President of 88-CRIME and as an Advisory Board Member of the Foundation For Genetic Medicine. On March 22, 1999, Bert was appointed as one of two industry representatives on the Arizona Private Investigator & Security Guard Hearing Board, on which he served as Chairman until January 10, 2007. He is also a published author, as well as having been a speaker and panel member at professional law enforcement and private security conferences and seminars in the United States and abroad. As an educator, Bert held the rank of Adjunct Professor at The American University, Washington, DC, where he taught Forensic Science. On various occasions he has functioned as a substitute professor and as a frequent guest lecturer at numerous universities throughout the United States. Bert also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (for children).
Bert earned more than 25 honors and awards, the details of which can best be found in his biography, which appears in the latest edition of Who's Who in America and many similar publications.
The holder of many certificates and licenses, Bert Falbaum was a Certified International Investigator, Council of International Investigators; Certified Professional Investigator, Association of Federal Investigators; Certified Protection Professional, American Society for Industrial Security; Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; Board Certified Forensic Examiner International, American Board of Forensic Examiners International; Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners International; Certified Investigative Professional, Association of Certified Investigative Professionals and is Certified in Homeland Security - Level III, The American College of Forensic Examiners.