If you are interested in being a WPRS investigator and think you can adhere to the guidelines posted below, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
1. Listen to your instincts. “If in doubt, get the hell out.” (to quote TAPS) Retreats slowly, do not run.
2. YOU are responsible for purchasing your own equipment (Digital Camera, EMF Meter, Voice Recorder (must have USB port to download recording onto a laptop) and uniforms. Shirts and hats must be paid for before they are ordered.
3. Don’t be ashamed to call for help. If you DO need help, use your radio and call a “MAYDAY” and give your location. Everyone will know where to converge.
4. Always wear your uniform shirt and ID.
5. Stay with your partner. Don’t go wandering off alone. There will be only one (1) radio per team. If, by necessity, you do end up working alone (only the experienced investigators, not trainees), make sure you keep in regular contact with other team members.
6. Make sure all battery-operated equipment has fresh batteries and that you have extra batteries with you. Do not rely on other team members to supply your batteries.
7. Keep an ongoing record of the investigation in a small notepad or make verbal notes / times on the recordings.
8. Show respect for your surroundings, our clients and your team members. If a team member is carrying on a line of questioning, don't interrupt. Confirm they have finished before you begin asking your questions.
9. You can ask for a presence, but DO NOT provoke.
10. Do not wear any perfume or cologne.
11. No smoking, taking drugs (except the occasional aspirin or Tylenol), or drinking alcohol while on an investigation.
12. Wear a pair of heavy, ankle-high (minimum) boots for outdoor investigations (cemeteries, old deserted buildings, etc.).
13. Adhere to the privacy of our clients. Many of our clients do not want other people to know we are investigating their property. Unless we are released to do so, do not give out the address where we are working. (For example, just say “we’re working at a property in Fairfax County”.) All investigators will have to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
14. You must have your own transportation to and from the investigations.
15. For liability reasons, no friends can tag along. Only the client and prospective investigators will be allowed to 'observe' an investigation. Media requests/invitations will be considered, but the final decision will lie in the hands of the Lead Investigators. All team members, prospective investigators and observers will be required to sign a Liability Waiver.
16. Make sure the lens cap is removed from the camera.
17. Minimum investigator age: 16.
18. There will be a minimum Investigator-In-Training period of 3 investigations before you will be counted as an investigator.
19. Our investigations are for scientific research...props that are supposedly already 'haunted' are strictly forbidden, (i.e., dolls, etc.) Any toys, (rubber balls, electronic toys with flashing lights, etc.) that we use are trigger props only to get the entity to respond by recognizing a familiar object or piquing their curiosity. Using supposedly “haunted” dolls, etc., will be considered provoking. (See rule #9.)
20.WPRS investigators cannot be members of any other team or paranormal organization unless it is an official WPRS affiliate or chapter.
21. Only the Lead Investigators have the authority to book clients or media interviews, or to arrange a joint investigation with another team. If you are approached by a potential client, media rep, etc., please refer them to the website contact page, or take the contact information and forward it to the Lead Investigators for follow-up.
22. All members are not required to be on all investigations; and all members may not be needed on all investigations. (Some properties are too small for a large team effort.)
23. DO NOT, on purpose, make unneeded noises that might be mistaken for EVPs (scratching on objects, etc.). You might think it’s cute, your team members do not.
24. ALWAYS ACT IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER, in the presence of the client and in the company of your team members.
25. Violation of these rules can, and has, resulted in dismissal from the team.