For the past few years I've been thinking about getting into investigation. I have no idea if its too late for me to get into it or not. I would prefer to stay away from certain services such as tracking cheating partners/chasing up people in debt. I would like to be able to help track down missing people, reunite long lost relatives etc.
Does anyone have any experience in the field and know a good way to get into this?
As a private investigator, you would be lucky if you could pick and choose which types of investiations to get involved in. You could contact an agency close to you and see if they are hiring / what qualifications they would recommend given that you dont have prior police experience. You need an indepth knowledge of investigative law, but there is a distance learning Btec I think.
The Red Cross offer a service called "international messaging and tracing" It is basically helping people who have been separated by war. The scenario which you may find yourself working in is working with Asylum seekers/refugees who have been separated from their families - your job would be to take as much information from someone who is in this country, that informatiom would then be relayed to volunteers in their own countries to see if their families can be located and a message got to them about their loved on. That would provide you with good experience as well as being a very worthwhile thing to do - you do have to be completely unprejudiced though as the Red Cross helps everyone, independant of who they are and what their background is.
I did have the opportunity to become involved in this but couldnt take it up as i had some paid work, I am thinking about picking it back up though