About Us

Experienced Private Detectives in Belfast, Northern Ireland

If you are looking for private detectives, contact Priority Investigations. We have a team of qualified and experienced professionals who can provide advice and assistance.

A Private Investigator Northern Ireland

Do you require a private detective to conduct an investigation in Northern Ireland? Contact Priority Investigations. We have a team of professionals with over 50 years’ experience who provide local, national and international services.

If you would like to know more about the history behind private investigators, click the link below for some detailed information from our founder Ian D. Withers.

Qualified And Licensed

Priority Investigations is operated under licence by Intercity Reliant Limited a company registered in Northern Ireland. We are data protection notified and carry professional indemnity insurance. 

Private investigators in Ireland are required to be licensed under ‘The Private Securities Service Act 2004’ which came into force on the 1st November 2015. All Private Investigators are required to hold a current PSA license to operate anywhere within in the Republic of Ireland. Priority Investigations have met the certification requirements and are a fully Licensed Private Investigator Contractor in Ireland by The Private Security Authority.
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Our Training

Priority Investigations fully supports professional qualification training in the investigative sector. ALL Priority Investigations UK, Priority Investigations Northern Ireland and Priority Investigations Ireland staff undertake ongoing workplace based training and continued professional development.

Priority Investigations reached agreement in April 2015 with the Academy of Professional Investigation based in Haywards Heath, Sussex to be the Priority Investigations training provider. All Priority Investigations staff will complete the IQ Level 3 Award for Professional Investigators (QCF).

Mr. Stuart Withers of the Academy of Professional Investigation said “We are happy to have been nominated as the training provider for Priority Investigations. The Academy of Professional Investigation has been a well-respected investigator training school since 1997. The Academy provides training in conjunction with IQ [Industry Qualifications] being a UK Government Qualifications Awarding Body providing professional investigative training.

Priority Investigations training manager, Ms. Charley Gracey says “The investigative sector has really been under the spotlight in both the United Kingdom and Ireland in recent years. Priority takes its responsibilities seriously and to ensure that our clients receive a consistent and professional service, all of our staff our trained to a recognised minimum standard. Ongoing professional development is an essential element of our business enabling us to provide up to date advice and services to our Clients.”
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“We are happy to have been nominated as the training provider for Priority Investigations. The Academy of Professional Investigation has been a well-respected investigator training school since 1997. The Academy provides training in conjunction with IQ [Industry Qualifications] being a UK Government Qualifications Awarding Body providing professional investigative training." 

 - Mr. Stuart Withers, Academy of Professional Investigation  

 “The investigative sector has really been under the spotlight in both the United Kingdom and Ireland in recent years. Priority Investigations takes its responsibilities seriously and to ensure that our clients receive a consistent and professional service. All of our staff our trained to a recognised minimum standard. Ongoing professional development is an essential element of our business enabling us to provide up-to-date advice and services to our clients.” 

 - Ms. Charley Gracey, training manager
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Founder - Ian Withers

In October 1960 whilst serving with a British Army Territorial Unit in London, Ian started work as a trainee PI with the Quartermaine Investigation Group based in South London. He then served as a police officer for a brief period until in 1966 he was enticed back to the private sector, as the General Operations Manager of Barrie Quartermaine's new acquisition, Southern Provincial Investigations. He handled high profile, politically sensitive cases in the 1960s and 1970s and successfully managed major corporate clients and various foreign governments in the UK and elsewhere.

In 1979, Ian was appointed as the National Security Advisor to the Government of the Republic of Seychelles to advise and set up a commercially based intelligence service. He provided high value intelligence to the Seychelles, US and UK authorities and prevented several planned mercenary incursions intended to overthrow the Seychelles government. Ian has featured as a spokesman for the Seychelles government on a US documentary TV programme called "60 minutes". This show was a one hour special called "Spies Islands".

Ian is also a founding member of the World Association of Professional Investigators. He has served on the governing council from 2001 to 2014 and completed 5 terms as chairman. He had a license for over 10 years as a PI in Maryland, USA where he is a Member of NALI, NCISS and NAPPS. He has been the Regional Director, Region VIII (International) Membership Section of the National Association of Legal Investigators. Plus, he was an assistant editor for international news with PI Magazine.

Ian also holds an NVQ level 4 in investigations and has represented WAPI on the (UK) ISG - Investigator Sector Group and represented the UK and Irish PI Sectors in the negotiations with Government Ministries regarding the regulation of the private investigation sector.

After 57 years at the forefront, Ian is now a Consultant to the Family Business of Priority Investigations located in London, Belfast and Dublin providing economic and skilled services around the world.

Managing Director - John Withers

John became the managing director of Priority Investigations in April 2013. He originally joined the family business in 1991, having completed an extensive internship in the early 1990s throughout Ireland and the UK. He has experience in international research screening and due diligence in the commercial, financial and industrial sectors. From 2002 to 2012 he was part of the UK Governments, British Antarctic Survey as a Base Commander and from 2005 to 2012 he was a British Antarctic Territory Magistrate.

He was a recipient of the Polar Medal from Her Majesty the Queen in 2012 for services to the UK in the Antarctic. John is also a fellow of the World Association of Professional Investigators (WAPI) as well as a current member of the WAPI Governing Council. He is a member of the Association of British Investigators (ABI), World Association of Detectives (WAD), Association of European Investigators (AEI), Council of International Investigators (CII), National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI), Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Institute of Directors (IoD) and a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (RGS).


Professional Associations And Networks To Which We And/Or Our Staff Belong:

World Association of Professional Investigators – WAPI
Council of International Investigators – CII
World Association of Detectives – WAD
Association of European Investigators – AEI
National Association of Legal Investigators – NALI 
National Association of Professional Process Servers – NAPPS
National Association of Professional Background Screeners – NAPBS
Association of British Investigators – ABI
United Kingdom Private Investigators Network – UKPIN 
Irish Professional Private Investigators Association – IPPIA

Based in Belfast, Priority Investigations has a team of private detectives who provide professional and confidential services across Northern Ireland. For more details, call us on
028 9099 2441 or send us an Email
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