About Polaris Investigations & Mr. Rick Charles
Polaris Investigations combines over 30 years of federal investigative, intelligence and national security operational/aviation expertise with the latest in sensing, visual and data collection technology to acquire solid and reliable facts to support a client's case.
Polaris Investigations' founder and managing investigator, Mr. Rick Charles, has been entrusted to protect and keep discreet the most sensitive secrets of our nation for more than a quarter-century. He is currently a credentialed federal investigator with an active security clearance granted by the U.S. Intelligence Community (TS/SCI).
21+ Years Military & Civil Aviation experience
Licensed Virginia PI
Former FBI Analyst
Masters Degree in Criminal Justice
FAA UAS Remote Pilot Certificate
Certificate in UAS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Credentialed Aviation Management Professional (AvMP) from Stanford University/IATA
Ex-USAF Officer/E-3 AWACS Combat Aviator
Published Aviation Photographer
For the past 15 years, Rick has worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigations in a operational national security area and for the Federal Aviation Administration as the program manager responsible for national security investigations and protective operations.
A self-described "AvGeek", Rick served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as an aviator and command and control officer. He has served three assignments in the Middle East including flying over 30 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Rick has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Troy University, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas, a Certificate in Aviation Management from Stanford University/International Air Transport Association and a Certificate in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, among others. In addition, he has completed numerous courses provided by the CIA Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis and CIA University; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Defense Intelligence Agency; and the CI Centre.
Rick profoundly supports law enforcement, fire-EMS first responders, our current military service members, and fellow veterans.
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Affiliations & Certifications
Rick’s professional affiliations and certifications include:
"Polaris", or the "North Star", is a key celestial navigational reference for aviators and mariners, alike. An investigation is a quest for information based on facts that are learned. The facts guide the investigation like the North Star-Polaris-guided traders, travelers and explorers. Polaris' investigative and aerial imaging services strives to provide wisdom, insight, and clarity to real-time events in order to help partners and clients navigate through challenging situations during the journey to finding the facts.