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Defending the United States Constitution One Case at a Time!
Welcome to the
Criminal Defense Investigation
Training Council (CDITC) 
Brandon A. Perron, National Director

The objective of the CDITC remains focused upon elevating the discipline of criminal defense and due process investigation to the level of significance and importance that it deserves.  We recognize our fundamental mission as criminal defense and due process investigators is the defense of the United States Constitution with an emphasis upon the 6th Amendment.  The Council is actively pursuing the goals of professional competence and academic excellence through Certifications, Training Seminars, Distance Learning, and Academy Level Training Programs.  We are honored to have the finest public defender investigators and private investigators in the nation among our ranks!


The Council encourages agencies and professionals actively engaged in the discipline of Criminal Defense Investigation to join the Council and pursue the nationally recognized and prestigious designation of Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI).    Are you Board Certified?

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2017 Investigator/ Philosopher Award Winner: 
Dean Beers, CCDI, CLI
We are honored to announce that Dean Beers, CCDI, CLI is the 2017 Investigator/Philosopher Award winner. It is our most distinguished award presented for scholarly contributions and leadership. Thank you Dean for all that you do to promote the highest level of investigation in defense of the U.S. Constitution and the right to a fair trial.


National Criminal Defense 

Investigation Academy

40 Hours-San Jose, CA

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Component Method of Criminal Defense

Investigation Program 

24 Hours- San Diego, CA

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First Graduating Class- United States Marine Corps, CDITC Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation and Case Management Certification. 
Join the Top Criminal Defense Investigators in the World for the highest level of training available!
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The Criminal Defense Investigation
 Training Council


Committee For Public Counsel Services -  Massachusetts Public Defender -  Forensic Interviewing for the Criminal Defense Investigator

November 9, 2017

This course focused upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing. The Venue will be announced


Rocky Mountains - Colorado Forensic Interviewing - FTER Method Certification Program, PPIAC - Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado

October 7, 2017 

Instructor Brandon Perron was unable to attend the event at the PPIAC Conference due to Hurricane Irma. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 7th. The focus of this course is to introduce and certify the participants in FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery concepts and techniques.  This course focuses upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing.  

The training will be held at the Arapahoe Regional Public Defender’s Office, 12350 E. Arapahoe Rd., Ste A, Centennial, CO 80112.

Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Arkansas Public Defender Commission

August 21-24
Four Day Academy Program

The CDITC in partnership with the Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Arkansas Public Defender Commission will be hosting the CDITC Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigaiton Certification Training, Forensic Interviewing Certification course, and Capital Case - Mitigation Training for four days in Little Rock, AK. at Marriott Hotel. 

Southeast - Florida Forensic Interviewing - FTER Method Advanced Certification Program, FPDA - Florida Public Defender Association 
Successfully Completed!

July 27 & 28, 2017

The CDITC in partnership with the Florida Public Defender Investigator Association will be providing the CDITC 16 hour Advanced Forensic Interviewing Certification course to participating Florida Public Defender Investigators.  

The focus of this course is to introduce and certify the participants in FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery concepts and techniques.  This course focused upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing.  Exercises and practicums will be employed to enhance the training experience. 

FPDA Building A Better Defense Training - Hyatt Regency, Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida.

National Criminal Defense Investigation Training Academy
40 Hours of intensive training

Defense Investigator Academy

January 23-27, 2017

Five day Academy program - Successfully Completed! 

Criminal Defense Investigation: The Component Method & Case Management, Forensic Science Applications, and Capital Case and Penalty Phase Mitigation, Scenario Based Team Oriented Training - Instructors will consist of CDITC & CALI Cadre. This program promises to be the most exciting training event of the year! San Jose, CA.  

West Coast-Component Method and Defense Investigation Training-United States Marine Corps

February 6-8, 2017
Three Day Academy program
Successfully Completed!

United States Marine Corps, DSO Defense Counsel Assistance Program.  Two days - Criminal Defense Investigation - The Component Method.  One Day Sex Crimes Investigation for the Defense.  San Diego, CA. 

Midwest Component Method Criminal Defense Investigation Training - INSpi Indiana Society of Professional Investigators 

May 16-18, 2017
Three Day Academy program 
Successfully Completed!

The CDITC in partnership with the Indiana Society of Professional Investigators is hosting the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation & Case Management Certification Course. The Six Components of Criminal Defense Investigation will also include a scenario based team oriented training module. 

Training will be held in South Bend, Indiana at the Double Tree Hotel led by Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER.  Click here for more information- http://www.indianainvestigators.com/events.php


George Gergis, Legal Investigator

Investigative Support Unit, Inc

P.O. Box 10231

South Bend, Indiana 46680



Direct: 574-292-5171

Indiana : 219-226-6400

Illinois: 312-489-8484

GEORGE GERGIS is the principal investigator for Investigative Support Unit, Inc. in Northern Indiana since 2002, focusing on matters in anticipation of litigation.  Mr. Gergis has been working as a Private Investigator since 1990 and has a wide range of experience with a variety of private sector cases, including, Theft and Fraud Detection, Insurance Claims and SIU related cases, Criminal Defense (including Capital Cases, Homicides, RICO and Drug Trafficking Cases)  Personal Injury, Industrial Accidents, Missing Persons, Child Abductions, Runaways,  Fugitive Locates, Child Custody, Contract Disputes, Commercial Security, Copyrights and Franchise Violations, and  Surveillance Operations.


During his career, Mr. Gergis has worked for various Regional, National and International investigative firms and has held positions of Vice-President of Operations, Surveillance Director, Investigations Supervisor, Chief Investigator, as well as Senior Investigator and Field Investigator. Since going on his own, Mr. Gergis has worked with numerous attorneys and law firms throughout the region and nation and has been Authorized or Appointed by Local and Federal Courts as an Investigator for Criminal Defense cases.


Mr. Gergis is licensed or personally authorized as a Private Investigator or Private Detective by the State of Indiana, by the State of Illinois, by the State of Florida, and the State of Wisconsin. Mr. Gergis also holds a Commission of Public Notary by the State of Indiana.


He also holds a Professional Designations as Certified Legal Investigator, Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator and Insurance Fraud Certified Investigator.


Mr. Gergis graduated within the top 10% of his class from the Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy and some of his professional education includes training by Purdue University, The John Reid Institute, The National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, Indiana Public Defender Council, Criminal Defense Investigator Training Council, North America and International Fraud Training Group, Public Agency Training Council, The Indiana Society of Professional Investigators and Edison College.


He also holds memberships with a variety of professional associations, including The Indiana Society of Professional Investigators, The National Association of Legal Investigators, The National Council of Investigation and Security Services, The Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council, National Defender Investigator Association and The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.



What does it mean to hold the title CCDI?


Working criminal defense cases is a lot of work, and often it takes a team effort to be successful. Every case has its unique circumstances and every investigator has their unique talents. When I work with someone that is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, I feel comfortable knowing that this investigator has the basic knowledge and experience to handle the unique challenges of a criminal defense case. Many times, I wished that all private sector investigators had the basic knowledge needed to work these cases properly, this would make it much easier to implement a qualified team on a case.


As criminal defense investigators, we have no power or authority; however, on a regular basis we challenge the State’s or Government’s power and authority to take way a person’s freedom and rights. Our county was founded on similar principles that “We, the People” that have no powers can challenge those with the most power.


If a person commits a crime, then there should be consequences; however, that individuals should be protected by the constitutional and legal rights demanded by our values and laws. We should always demand that due process be followed. If one American’s rights or due process is violated, then all Americans are hurt.


When I see a list of Certified Criminal Defense Investigators, I see a list of silent warriors, protecting the rights and due process for all Americans one case at a time.  With no power or authority, only their knowledge and skill, doing a job that balances the government’s power, increases the quality of law enforcement, and facilitates proper justice. 



Why do I enjoy being an investigator?


I have never been an office person; working as an investigator is a unique job. Although, many routine processes must be conducted, no day is routine. Every case worked is a living thing and unique to its own particulars. I enjoy the challenges offered in this type of environment.


I also often consider this job a passport into various worlds, and I never know what world the matter at hand will take me to. There have been times that I have met with billionaires in a multi-million-dollar homes and then interviewed witnesses at homeless shelters. I have also found myself in a Statehouse filled with government officials in the morning, and a roach infested trailer home filled with meth and heroin addicts in the afternoon. All these places may have been in the same geographical area; however, in much different worlds.


There are professions that would allow me to earn more money; however, I have been blessed with the ability to earn a living using my skills and knowledge to assist in facilitating justice in criminal and civil matters. The work requires dedication and is often unappreciated. The work may not provide many valuable things; however, it provides a valuable life.





The CDITC maintains a You Tube channel reflecting a variety of videos regarding criminal defense investigation 
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The CDITC is honored to welcome the United States Military into our organization.  We had the privilege to deliver the CDITC Certification Training to the investigative team of the Office of Chief Defense Counsel in Washington, D.C.  The training was attended by Navy NCIS, Army CID, and Air Force OSI agents as well as civilian investigators assigned to the team. 


The White House, Washington, D.C.   

Golden Rule Award Finalist – CDITC Intern Investigator Program


"I commend you for your commitment to the American ideal of Service.  Your efforts are going a long way toward healing and renewing your communities and serve as an inspiration to all who are striving to improve our world." 


  -  Bill Clinton - President of the United States of America  

Indiana Public Defender Council   


"I secured Mr. Perron’s services to conduct an eight hour intensive training program for criminal defense investigators here in Indiana.  The program which Mr. Perron devised, organized and single-handedly taught was the best investigator training we have ever been able to secure for our investigator members."   


  - Jodie English, Attorney at Law - Training Coordinator  

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Public Advocacy    


"Brandon Perron, the Executive Director of the CDITC, is a rare triple threat of a presenter.  He brings the rare combination of clear communication in preparation, strong substance and excellent showmanship.  He motivates and challenges investigators to perform at the highest level and take responsibility for their work and their role in the agency." 


  - Jeff Sherr, Attorney At Law - Education and Strategic Planning Manager

Colorado Public Defender

"We've heard from many attendees how much they appreciated the training.  Your are an engaging speaker which made it possible for people to actually stay tuned in for the message.  We really appreciate all you did to make this investigator conference such a success for us"

John Goglach and Pam Sharp, training organizers for the Colorado Public Defender.



Government Agency Members & Participants:

  1. United States Department of Defense (DOD) - US Military Office of Chief Defense Counsel
  2. United States Government - Federal Public Defender
  3. National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
  4. State of Virginia - Department of Criminal Justice Services
  5. State of Colorado - Public Defender Office                          
  6. State of Illinois, Cook County Public Defender - Chicago, IL         
  7. State of Connecticut - Public Defender, Quinnipiac Law School
  8. State of Indiana - Public Defender - Indianapolis, IN
  9. State of Ohio - Public Defender
  10. Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy - Frankfort, KY
  11. State of Minnesota -  Public Defender
  12. State of Iowa, Public Defender
  13. State of Florida 2nd Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Tallahasee, FL
  14. State of Florida, 4th Judicial Circuit, Public Defender, Jacksonville, FL
  15. State of Florida 5th Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Ocala, FL
  16. State of Florida 8th Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Gainesville, FL
  17. State of Florida 9th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Orlando, FL
  18. State of Florida, 11th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Miami, FL
  19. State of Florida, 13th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Tampa, FL
  20. State of Florida 19th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Fort Pierce, FL
  21. State of Florida, 4th District, Regional Conflict Counsel
  22. State of Missouri, Public Defender
  23. State of Wisconsin, Public Defender
  24. State of Massachusetts, CPCS Committee for Public Counsel Services
  25. State of Georgia, Public Defender
  26. State of North Carolina, Public Defender
  27. State of Arizona, Public Defender
  28. State of Louisiana, Public Defender
  29. New York State Defender Association, New York Public Defender
  30. State of New York Public Defender Association
  31. Ontario County Public Defender, State of New York
  32. State of Arkansas, Public Defender Commission
  33. State of South Dakota - Public Defender

Professional Association Partners & Participants:
  1. NDIA - National Defender Investigator Association
  2. NAIS - National Association of Investigative Specialists
  3. TCDLA - Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  4. FAPD - Florida Association of Public Defenders
  5. NALI - National Association of Legal Investigators
  6. PAWLI - Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators
  7. SCALI - South Carolina Association of Licensed Investigators
  8. LPDAM - Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts
  9. FALI - Florida Association of Licensed Investigators
  10. TALI - Texas Association of Licensed Investigators
  11. CALI - California Association of Licensed Investigators
  12. NCAPI - North Carolina Association of Private Investigators
  13. CALPI - Connecticut Association of Private Detectives
  14. GAPPI - Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators
  15. IAPI - Iowa Association of Professional Investigators
  16. MCPI - Michigan Council of Private Investigators
  17. ISPI - Indiana Society of Professional Investigators
  18. SDBA - South Dakota Bar Association

Educational Institutions

Boston University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Northeastern University
Roger Williams College
Quinnipiac Law School
City College
Indian River State College
Kaiser University
Private Agency Members & Participants:
Ashenoff & Associates - Miami, FL

Case in Point Investigations - Manchester, NH & Boston, MA

I.R.I.S. LLC - Hartford, CT


Investigative Support Specialist, Inc - Stuart, FL

Fairfield Investigations, Jupiter, FL


Call 1-800-465-5233 to schedule a training event at your location.