The Investigation Request and What to Expect
When an investigation is requested, the client is contacted for an initial interview, assessment and “walk through” of the site. This is completed to gather facts, complete paperwork and build a rapport and trust between ourselves and the client. This is also the instance when an investigation date and time is scheduled for the convenience of the client. The client is told what will happen at the investigation, what equipment will be used and the time frame. The assessment is reviewed by a team meeting among the core leaders of PGS.
A team is put together based on the information from the initial assessment:
- What skill level is needed based on what is being reported
- Availability of team members on the scheduled date and time
- Size and location of the site to be researched
- Inventory of equipment to be used at the site
- If applicable, PGS advisors are consulted for recommendations
During The Investigation
The team will arrive at the scheduled time and equipment is set up while others may be engaged in an EMF sweep of the site. Any observations are noted. Several investigation techniques will be conducted; this may or may not include EVP sessions, video recording, and taking photos.
If the client is present, they are asked to remain as quiet as possible but are also encouraged to observe. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, the client may take a role in the investigation. They might also be asked to confine themselves to one area along with any pets if applicable. The site will most likely be “lights off”.
Before the team leaves, the investigation site lead will schedule a follow up meeting with the client. This meeting usually takes place within two weeks of the investigation. The purpose of this is to:
- Offer closure for the client
- Go over any evidence that may have been documented
- Give a copy of the evidence and/or write up of the investigation
- Offer other referrals if appropriate
After The Investigation
All evidence is gathered among the team and any incidents are noted. Team members not at the investigation site are pulled in to help analyze evidence. It helps to have fresh ears and eyes to review what has been compiled. There are often many hours of recordings, videos and a large amount of photos to go over. Anomalies are noted for further review and included in the follow up report with the client.
We believe in “cross training” in all areas. We are extremely self sufficient. We keep track of each other (no one ventures off alone for two reasons….safety and having another witness for paranormal activity).
We have regular instruction in the proper use of equipment which includes:
- What the equipment is for
- How it is used correctly (setting up and breaking down)
- Troubleshooting and what kind of outcomes to expect
We coach members on the “walk through”:
- Taking EMF readings
- Note locations of cooling and heating systems
- Note locations of vents, windows and utility connections (electricity, gas, water)
- Observing layout of areas and furnishings
- Observe surroundings of the location
- Making mental notes of street noise and activity including animals
- Observing the weather and atmosphere
We educate ourselves regarding the specifics of conducting an EVP session.
- The use of appropriate, respectful questions, we do not encourage the use of provoking
- Use of equipment
- Analyzing evidence
We also have on our team of advisors a technical and electronics expert that builds new equipment for us to try out for another tool in our tool kit of ghost hunting equipment. Another one researches the history of the location if one is available. We want to be prepared!
Team members are given opportunities to be the lead on some investigations, which includes taking a role in the core group meeting, assigning team members, coordinating the specifics; time, date etc. and after the investigation is completed, follow up with a written report, evidence if applicable and discussion with the client.
Other Useful Information
PGS leadership knows how important it is to have set guidelines in how we respond to requests, how we conduct ourselves, how we use equipment and techniques and how we treat others.
- All team members adhere to strict confidentiality rules. We don’t have a discussion outside of our group about investigations or specifics unless we have written permission and documentation on file. The right to privacy is important to anyone we assist.
- We do not tolerate the use of illegal drugs at any time or allow anyone to be intoxicated on an investigation.
- Our members have been fingerprinted, their references checked and after a try out period brought in as a member of PGS.
- We value character, tolerance, respect, honesty and ethics. (All this…and we still manage to have fun!!!)