Susan Pickman

New York, New York, United States

Private Investigator

I never know what will come up when I answer the phone. The anticipation of what the call will bring is almost as exciting as putting handcuffs on someone who needs to be in jail.

I began working in law enforcement as a police officer in 1983. In 2004, I founded The Pickman Group LLC. I work with a group of retired NYPD, FBI and other law enforcement professionals. We provide full-service private investigation services.

I am proud to be a Certified Fraud Examiner and to be on the faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) where I have taught in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration for six years.

Here’s a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet session(s):
• How to get into private investigations or law enforcement.
• How to work in private investigations or law enforcement.
• How to get clients in private investigations.
• Where to put your money into the business for the best advantage.
• What organizations and certifications are best for you.

I am delighted to share any information about working in private investigations or law enforcement. I specialize in finding hidden assets in marital cases and trust and estate investigations. I am also a court qualified expert witness and can discuss any type of technical aspects of fraud or embezzlement.


When I first applied to be a police officer in the late 1970’s, police departments in New York were not hiring women, except as matrons in jails or as juvenile detectives.

I took a job as a college "dorm mother" and worked my way through the ranks as a university administrator and professor. Along the way, I got an MA and a Ph.D.

But a move to Florida brought me back to my first career choice when I discovered the Orlando Police Department was recruiting. Although I was then "too old" to be hired in New York (I was 34), Orlando said they would hire me if I could make it through the Police Academy. When there comes a time you have an opportunity to remake yourself into what you always wanted to be….grab it!

I graduated from the academy and rode patrol as I had always wanted to do. I loved my new life in law enforcement. Though at times it was tough, I lived the life I wanted and enjoyed what I learned every day. I eventually became the manager of an internal affairs unit for a municipality with 5,000 employees. Today, I continue to pursue my interest in justice through my private investigations company and teaching the next generation of law enforcement professionals at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).