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In 1986, Mr. Brooks joined the United States Air Force after graduating from high school in Mobile County, Alabama. He served as an active duty Air Force Policeman for four years and was honorably discharged in 1990. Mr. Brooks then joined the Mississippi Army National Guard as a Combat Military Policeman. Richard maintained a Department of Defense SECRET security clearance while in the Air Force and the Army.

After being honorably discharged from the Guard, Richard worked for the Hinds and Rankin County Sheriff's Departments in Central Mississippi.

In 1995, Mr. Brooks became a City of Jackson (Mississippi) Police Officer, graduating as an Honor Graduate from JPD's 12 week Police Academy. At that time, Jackson was the 10th most dangerous city in the country and number 3 in the nation for auto thefts (In 2008, Jackson ranked 4th in the Nation for Murder and 2nd in the Nation for Burglary). While at JPD, Richard worked in Patrol, Vice & Narcotics, Gun Interdiction, served as a Field Training Officer, a Crime Scene Technician and completed the FBI's Criminal Investigations School.

After leaving JPD, Richard became an Agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. While at the state narcotics bureau, Mr. Brooks served as an undercover agent, a case agent, a K-9 handler, a member of the state’s Interdiction Unit, a member of the Narcotics Street Crime Suppression Unit, a member of the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit and was the only agent in the state conducting overdose death investigations. While in the Street Crimes unit, Richard Brooks led the state in cases and arrests. Richard left MBN in 2001, leaving law enforcement to work in private investigations.

As a PI, Richard has conducted all types of investigations. He has been a surveillance investigator, a special investigations unit (SIU) investigator, a special investigations unit manager and a case manager.

Mr. Brooks accepted a promotion to case manager and relocated from the Jackson, Mississippi area to Orlando, Florida. As a case manager in Orlando, Mr. Brooks managed all of the state’s investigations, which included up to 25 full and part time investigators across Florida. Richard moved back to the Jackson, Mississippi area in 2006 to be with his son and daughter. Mr. Brooks obtained custody of his children and RBI was also created at that time.

Mr. Brooks is now located in Brandon, MS. Richard is the Immediate Past President of the Mississippi Professional Investigator's Association and the Director of the state of Mississippi's chapter of the Association of Christian Investigators. Mr. Brooks is also a member of the National Association of Investigative Specialists and the Alabama Private Investigators Association.

Richard Brooks is a C.P.S., "Certified Process Server". His certification is through the National Association of Investigative Specialists. He is also licensed to carry a firearm in the state of Mississippi by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

In addition to conducting investigations in Mississippi, which currently requires no licensing, Richard Brooks is also a current licensed private investigator in Florida. RBI holds an agency licenses in Louisiana and Alabama.

BE CAUTIOUS of those investigators who only work non licensed states or those who have not been licensed in other states. Most states require a background check. Many others require a state exam. Alabama recently passed a PI licensing law and Richard Brooks was one of the fist 15 to become licensed there. Mississippi still has no requirements to be a private investigator. In the past, Mr. Brooks has been a licensed PI in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, New York, Tennessee and Texas.

Richard is a family oriented Christian. He and his children attend church on a regular basis. He has been a 2nd grade Sunday School teacher and a coach for his son’s football teams. Richard is an avid weight lifter, works out regularly and when he's not working cases, spending time with his family or riding his Harley, he can usually be found at the gym.

Richard Brooks attended Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi and the Community College of the Air Force in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In 2011, Richard signed a 5 year contract with TruTv’s hit show, “All Worked Up”, to play himself. Approximately six episodes were filmed.  Although the show was eventually cancelled, one of the episodes filmed in Memphis, Tennessee can be seen on YouTube.  Hopefully, more episodes will air. 

RBI on "All Worked Up"

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