Profile On James W. Harbert CLI, FCI

Author Of
Complex Legal Investigation
Digital Photography For Investigators 2004
Legal Photography For Investigators 2004


Jim Graduated from Pensacola High School in 1965, from Pensacola Junior College in 1972 with an AS degree in Law Enforcement, from the University of West Florida in 1974 with a BA degree in Public Safety, and from Troy State University in 1978 with an MS degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Security Police in Pensacola in 1966, served at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam in 1969 as a combat security policeman and NCOIC of the perimeter tower defense system. On returning to Pensacola in December 1969 he joined the Pensacola Police Department as a patrolman. Jim left the Pensacola Police Department on an educational leave of absence in 1971 to continue his college education. He joined the administrative staff of Pensacola Junior College in January 1972 serving as the Assistant Director of Public Safety during a modernization drive to upgrade the quality of the campus police department. His duties while employed at PJC included supervision of 12 officers sworn in through the Pensacola Police Department, and 12 security personnel. Jim designed and implemented, with Dan Lawrence, the first Safety inspection programs at PJC involving the Voc-Tech shops, medical and other facilities. His duties included fire inspection and safety inspection for all campuses. In 1980 he left the college to work as Chief Investigator for Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin and McLeod, a nationally recognized Pensacola law firm specializing in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases. Jim resigned in June of 1992 to start his own businesses, Technical Management Services (Litigation Servivces) and Technical Management Systems (Investigative agency). He works as a consultant in specialized cases for Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin & McLeod in the fields of product liability, mediation and trial preparation. His skills include the combination of digital and video photography, animations and damages presentation in Power Point format.

Jim holds certifications as: a Certified Legal Investigator through the National Association of Legal Investigators since 1986; as a Florida Certified Investigator, certified by the Florida Joint Committee on Certification since 1999; as an OSHA instructor, qualified by the Department of Labor since May 1977; as a certified crash data retrieval technician, IPTM Jax, Fl. 2003; and as a Florida Educational Facilities Fire Inspector, Florida State Fire College since December 1976. Jim also holds certification in Florida Police Standards including the basic school, intermediate school as well as the supervisor and instructor schools.

Since 1977 Jim Harbert has written and published over 50 articles in the area of legal investigations, safety and photography, six of which won the annual Editor Publishers award from the National Association of Legal Investigators. In 1997 Jim co-authored the book, Advanced Forensic Investigations, contributing a chapter on scaffolding investigations. In 2000 Jim co-authored "Advanced Forensic Criminal Defense Investigations" with an in-depth examination of gunshot residue analysis. Both of these books were compiled and edited by Grace Castle CLI and Paul Ciolino. Jim's latest book is titled " Complex Legal Investigations" published by Ralph Thomas Publishers (P.I. Mall.com). In addition to the book Jim has designed a series of mini seminars for CEU credit for certified investigators both private and police. These seminars are on technical subjects relating to civil investigations such as crane investigations, machine guarding accident investigation, fire investigation, trial preparation, trial model preparation, investigative photography, ethics for investigators and using power point in preparing investigations.

Jim is a lecturer and educator: He has participated in seminars and given lectures to attorneys, investigators and paralegals throughout the country regarding personal injury investigations. Jim is a Professor of Criminal Justice with Columbia Southern University, a distance learning university, teaching courses in Criminal Law, Judicial Process, Criminal Evidence, Constitutional Law for Police Officers and Arson Investigation. Jim was named one of "The Best 25 Investigators of the Century" by the National Association of Investigative Specialists. He has attended numerous courses given by the FBI, the Army EOD, the DEA, the Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville, the Crane Certification and Inspection Bureau and the Associated General Contractors.
Electronic mail address: jwharbert@cox.net
Website: http://www.jwharbert.com/