CPRI is always looking for particular skill sets in potential members to assist in explaining a range of possibilities for unusual, potentially paranormal events, or to aid in cataloging such information that cannot be conventionally quantified. At present, CPRI has members with backgrounds and active careers in physics, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, active law enforcement, crime scene investigations, engineering, electricians, architects, behavioral psychologists, historical researchers, as well as medical field experts. This diverse assemblage of dedicated investigators is a key reason for why the CPRI stands out above so many other paranormal investigative groups, both locally and nationally. CPRI has been described as the most professional investigative and scientific research organization outside of a traditional university setting. We take great pride in that description and look to expand upon this image and be not just one of the leaders in scientific paranormal research and investigation, but to continue to raise the bar for protocols used in the field.
What we do is by no means glamorous. The majority of what we do can be considered dull and repetitious. Background investigations into events, people, and buildings and data analysis typically take up a large amount of our time. There will be times when you can go through a home from top-to-bottom and get no abnormal readings or data at all. There will be times when you will work outside in the cold for hours at a stretch. There will be times when you will have to sit through 8 hours of investigation video and audio, looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack—only to find nothing remotely paranormal. Actual onsite investigations and data collection only comprise perhaps 25 percent of our overall operations. Having said all of this, though, there will be occasions when you do find something of consequence, contributing to the field in a very fundamental way.
So, while you do not need a Ph.D. in parapsychology, “rocket science,” or be a 15 year veteran of a local police department to join CPRI, the standards we set to join our investigative team are intentionally rather lofty. Our professionalism, manner in which we approach the paranormal, and thus our reputation are extremely important to us. We approach each potential investigation and enter the homes and businesses of our clients with the utmost respect, discretion, and objectivity. Ultimately, each CPRI investigator represents the entire group with their demonstrated demeanor and investigative skill. When experiencing a potential paranormal event, we need to observe, record, and report our findings, cross referencing as much scientific data, “context,” and background information as possible, which is why we purposefully seek out members with skill sets that can contribute meaningfully to this process.
All applicants MUST have all of the following:
1) Must possess a strong, established background in an area of need.
CPRI stands in a very select group of organizations as each of our members have backgrounds in science, medicine, engineering, audio/video, research or various law enforcement investigative areas. Other groups utilize "Average Joe's" to conduct their investigations. These people do have a legitimate yearning to understand paranormal issues, but often times they lack the necessary skill set to properly understand and document the science beyond and behind the investigation. A patient in a hospital doesn't want an auto mechanic performing surgery on them. They want a surgeon. CPRI is serious about the investigations and research we conduct, and offer only professionals to conduct all our operations.
2) Must be willing to sacrifice a good amount of free-time.