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Areas of Expertise
  • Lost and Missing Person Investigations

  • Instructor

  • Code of Conduct Investigations


Sault Ste. Marie, ON

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Robert James Appleton

Background Investigator

Robert has been a Private Investigator with Investigative Solutions Network Inc. (“ISN”) since September of 2019, after retiring from a 30-year career with the Ontario Provincial Police. He served as a 26-year member of the Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team, eight years of which he was the team leader. He performed as the Acting Sergeant/Provincial Search and Rescue Coordinator with the OPP Field Support Bureau GHQ Orillia, Ontario.

Robert has coordinated dozens of searches for loss and missing persons, evidence searches in major criminal investigations. He has instructed at the OPP Academy GHQ Orillia, at CFB Borden, and at CFB Meaford in the disciplines of basic search and rescue, search coordination, mapping software, K-9 back-up, VIP security, and other emergency response applications.

Robert participated in the successful handling/coordinating of high stress life threatening situations including barricaded subjects and missing/loss persons. He provided investigative expertise, due diligence, and compassion to victims of violence. Robert was an 18-year Intoxilyzer/Breathalyzer technician and participated as a breathalyzer technician in numerous impaired operation driving offenses, and in several impaired operation causing injury and death investigations. Additional training with ISN includes workplace violations, harassment and workplace violence and codes of conduct.

His roles and responsibilities with ISN include workplace OHSA investigations, municipal code of conduct and conflict of interest investigations, background investigations, security personal mentorship, assisting with incident command and others as assigned.

Robert’s educational experience includes studying at Carleton University in Ottawa in General Arts/Criminology 1986, Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie where he studied Business and Law 1986-1988, and he received an Associate of Arts Policing diploma in 1988 from the Ontario Police College in Aylmer, Ontario.

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