The Central Massachusetts
BECOME A CMPS PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR - get started on the process!
CMPS Paranormal Investigators are the heart and soul of this organization. We can't do what we do without you!
PLEASE FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO BECOME A CMPS INVESTIGATOR
1. BECOME A MEMBER
The first step to becoming a paranormal investigator is to join or renew your membership with CMPS. Only members in good standing may become paranormal investigators.
2. Click on the "Apply" link.
Complete the application and submit it to CMPS.
2. GET YOUR COPY OF THE CMPS PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR'S MANUAL
Purchase a copy of the CMPS Paranormal Investigator's manual. To ensure that only competent investigators conduct witness interviews, on-site investigations, and collateral contacts with public agencies and others, formal Paranormal Investigator training is essential. The CMPS Paranormal Investigator's Manual is the basic reference for training. All trainees must possess an original copy of the manual and become completely familiar with its contents.
3. STUDY THE FI MANUAL
Study the CMPS Field Investigator Manual . Next, complete the open book CMPS Field Investigator's exam
In order to be promoted to the position of Field Investigator, every member must achieve a score of at least 80% or greater on the CMPS Field Investigator's Exam. The purpose of administering the exam is to evaluate the individual's practical knowledge in respect to any and all paranormal reports from the public. The exam consists of one hundred questions about paranormal events, ghosts, protocol and requipment including: light and optics, sound, electromagnetic properties, measurements, physical traces, photography, radio and radar.
Before engaging in an actual investigation the Field Investigator Trainee needs a thorough grounding in the following areas:
° Investigative Ethics: Most importantly, the Trainee must understand and adhere to the tenet of anonymity (withholding witness identifiers from persons who are not part of the CMPS report investigation or its evaluation within CMPS.)
° Interviewing Methods: Preparation, controlling the setting, the sequence of obtaining a complete account, recognizing sensory perceptions, analyzing witness body language, active listening, interpreting the oral account, and drawing conclusions are all vitally important.
° Collateral Contacts: In a given circumstance, the Trainee must be aware of which public officials and/or others to contact in order to potentially resolve the report as a misperception, determine the person's reliability as a witness, or identify others who may have witnessed and reported the same event.
° Technical Background: A working knowledge should be conveyed to the Trainee on the subjects of photographic equipment and methods, all equipment used by CMPS.
In addition , CMPS will conduct a background check on all FI Applicants. If CMPS determines the background check is not acceptable to CMPS, the Field Investigator designation will not be issued to the applicant.
4. INVESTIGATE WITH CMPS MENTOR
The Trainee must participate in at least 6 CMPS investigations with a CMPS Investigator acting as Mento. The trainee must show knowledge and abilities in all aspects of investigations, including, but not limited to: handling of incoming calls to CMPS, interview prospective clients, preparing a case report, entering information into the CMPS Case Management database, setting up an invesitgation, interviewing client and witnesses at the location, proper use and maintenance of all equipment, review of evidence, finalizing the case report and presenting the findings to the client.
FIELD INVESTIGATOR BADGE PHOTOS
Badges are required to be worn by all CMPS Investigators during an investigation
Please send a color photo (headshot) to [email protected];
Or you may send a color photo by mail to:
22 Sonia Drive
Marlborough, MA 01752
(Please include your name and CMPS membership ID #.)