El Centro Private Investigators

El Centro, CA Private Investigators, Detectives, and PIs

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Our current rate is $95.00/hour. Please CLICK HERE for our current price list and specifics on pricing.

About the City of El Centro, California

Sundahl & Associates’ Chief Executive Officer and Licensed Private Investigator, Shaun Sundahl is a former resident of El Centro, California.


El Centro is the center of one of Southern California’s most promising new commercial and industrial regions. There are two international border crossings nearby for commercial and noncommercial vehicles.

Covering 11.019 square miles is the largest city in Imperial County. We are located 616 miles southwest of San Francisco, 117 miles east of San Diego and 245 miles west of Phoenix, Az. and just 15 minutes from the international industrial complexes in Mexicali, Baja California. El Centro is accessible via Interstate 8, State Highway 86 and State Highway 111.



In 1906 W. F. Holt and C.A. Barker purchased the land on which El Centro was eventually built for about forty dollars an acre and invested $100,000 in improvements. As one historian of Valley life put it, “in only five months El Centro went from a barley field to a city…”. The City of El Centro was incorporated on April 16, 1908. Early growth was rapid with city’s population reaching 1,610 by 1910 and more than tripling by 1920 to 5,646 people. One reason for this rapid early growth was El Centro’s successful battle with the City of Imperial to become the county seat.

In these early days, relationships among the cities of the Imperial Valley were often intensely competitive, reflecting the particular frontier character of the area and the fact that six cities within a twenty mile radius were all established within one generation. These cities were in a horse race to win the prize of being the Valley’s leading city and the intense competition is measured by the fact that it took twenty years to get a county fair started because of strong local loyalties on the County Board of Supervisors. By the mid-forties, El Centro had become the second largest city in the Imperial Valley, with a population of about 11,000 people.

El Centro had also become the principal wholesale center of the area and the location of the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) administrative offices. Because of its strategic location near rail lines and Highway 80 and 99, El Centro in the 1940s was also becoming the shipping center for vegetables in the south end of the Valley. The principle industries of El Centro in the forties revolved around agriculture – fruit and vegetable packing and shipping, ice plants, a flax fiber plant, box factories, and concrete pipe and brick yards. By the 1970s agriculture was still an important part of the City’s economic life. Imperial County has become one of the most agriculturally productive areas in the country and more than 35 growers and shippers still operate in El Centro.


However, by the early 1980s the two largest employment sectors in El Centro labor market area were Government and Wholesale/Retail Trade, reflecting El Centro’s emerging role as a regional administrative and commercial center.


As a former resident of El Centro, California, PI Shaun Sundahl has knowledge of the local people, government, and culture of the city. He also knows most of the limited private investigators who work out of this area. This trait is especially helpful when conducting an investigation in this area of California. Other private investigators advertise they work out of Imperial County and give you the impression they know the people.


The benefit of hiring an El Centro Private Investigator is we bill local mileage rates. Remember, San Diego or Riverside is nowhere near Imperial County, so don’t be fooled and pay mileage rates from far away cities.

Our El Centro Private Investigators provide the following services:


1. Criminal Investigations (Effective February 4, 2014, we do not provide these services).

2. Surveillance.

3. Fraud Investigations.

4. Employee background investigations.

5. Employee termination.

6. Civil litigation support.

7. Missing person locate.

List of Detailed Services:

Attorney Support

Sundahl & Associates specializes in assisting attorneys with surveillance, locating, and interviewing witnesses, evidence gathering, and written documentation for tort, breach of contract, and worker’s compensation cases. Our CEO has a B.S degree and is currently studying law which allows him to have the upper hand over other investigators.

Infidelity Investigations

Are you or someone you care about concerned about a significant other cheating? If so, call us NOW. We conduct undercover and surveillance operations so you can have a piece of mind. We don’t make any promises, but we will attempt to obtain the physical evidence you need to sleep better at night. Our service is discreet and whatever is mentioned in the office stays in the office. We can meet you in the field or in the office, whichever conveniences you. Our investigators will keep you up to date with pictures, video footage, and daily written reports. We won’t sleep until you sleep!

Pre-Employment Screening

Do you really know who you are hiring? A small price to hire us for pre-employment screening, by far, outweighs the costs and damage a parasitic employee might cause to your company. We offer modern workforce solutions for the demands of today so you don’t have to worry tomorrow. We hand tailor our pre-employment package for the needs not of a company, but of YOUR company. Because every company or organization is unique, our investigations team will take the time to access your business needs and offer an array of solutions.

Tenant Screening

Are you a landlord? Do you need help screening tenants? We have access to modern technology to screen out tenants that might cause YOU problems in the future.

Several months ago, we located a history of evictions for our customer in Pennsylvania. The customer disregarded our findings and just recently had a problem removing the same tenant! Also, we were able to find that a prospective tenant had an arrest history for rape. Another had an extensive history of assault and battery. Can you imagine trying to evict or collect rent on some of these tenants? Do you really know who is renting your property? Are you located out of the area or out of state and want to see that your tenant-landlord agreement is being adhered to?

For a small PRICE, you can reduce future COSTS.

Employee Misconduct

Sundahl & Associates investigators are well versed in the law to avoid potential lawsuits against the employer. If the employee is suspected of a crime, we don’t have the same restrictions police officers or detectives have. We specialize in interviewing and investigating employees suspected of violating company policy and/or criminal codes while observing local, state, and federal laws. No matter if the accusation is sexual harassment or violation of company policy, the Detective Agency will gather as much evidence as possible to prevent claims of wrongful termination.

Child support investigations

Hire our Detective Agency to locate the “dead beat” parents who cowards him/herself to avoid paying child support and/or alimony. We have access to modern day tools used in the private investigation industry to locate those “dead beats.”

Mortgage Field Auditors

We provide support out-of-state and in-state support for Mortgage Auditing Agencies. We are licensed and insured. We would be more than willing to provide your contractors or your agency with proof of both documents.

Person locate

Are you trying to find someone? Do you need to serve papers to someone and you have no clue where they are? We here at the Detective Agency, specialize in locating people. We have modern tools to locate those you need found.

In summary, if you need assistance please contact our El Centro Private Investigators in El Centro, California.

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