As the Agency Founder and Principal Investigator of Harrington Investigations, R. Shane Harrington, PhD, MBA, has become one of today's elite. While Investigator Harrington continues coordinating and conducting intelligence gathering, investigative, and mitigation services throughout the Pacific Northwest, he has worked fervently to narrow his focus.
Today, he specializes primarily in criminal defense investigation and mitigation consulting. Investigator Harrington is an analyst, field investigator, and mitigation researcher who has concentrated his post-doctoral studies, research efforts, and practical experience on optimizing strategies and improving techniques in the field of Forensic Interviewing.
In doing so, he utilizes a hybrid approach. This integrates principles of Investigative Psychology and Forensic Victimology, along with varying theories of why people report and perceivably commit certain types of crime. Investigator Harrington uses this to substantiate a more concise investigative strategy for the cases assigned. He also uses this approach to provide mitigation support when necessary to effectively communicate the applicable complexities of trauma to an intended audience.
Few achieve Investigator Harrington's academic credentials, one of the many things that set him apart from other licensed Private Investigators and Mitigations Experts in the field. Many investigators in the industry attempt to offer as many services as possible, which in actuality is more of a disservice than a service. Why?
Because people require expertise. Wisdom and experience they can trust when hope is lost. For this reason, retaining or appointing a focused, dedicated investigator, like Investigator Harrington, is essential to resolving your case. He applies a plethora of acquired skills and relevant expertise to every assignment. Clients have repeatedly said you can trust Investigator Harrington to get it right when it counts the most.
Investigator Harrington has an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from Columbia Basin College (CBC) in Pasco, Washington. While his purpose was to complete a general studies degree, the concentration was in business and communication.
Given his aptitude and advanced skills, Investigator Harrington was appointed as the program coordinator in CBC's Student Government. In this role, he managed the student program budget and supervised a staff of four team members. He also served as president of the speech and debate team and played intramural football and basketball.
Eventually, he attended the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA) in Anchorage, Alaska, as a justice student specializing in criminal investigation. He earned a 4.0 GPA while completing the emergency medical technician (EMT) program. Soon after, Investigator Harrington became a licensed EMT in Alaska; he was nationally certified and became licensed in Washington State.
As a volunteer EMT, he helped at a multitude of special events and worked briefly with a cardiologist. He served as a basic life support (BLS) instructor and instructor-trainer for a regional hospital (Trios Health) in Kennewick, Washington, where Investigator Harrington taught the American Heart Association's first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillation (AED) courses for over six years (2000 - 2006). He also served for two more years providing community-focused health education courses where non-healthcare providers became BLS-certified.
Investigator Harrington then continued his education and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the Washington State University (WSU) campus in Richland, Washington. His degree was in social sciences, with a concentration in criminal justice, management, and psychology. This academic training, combined with solid business acumen, equipped him with the ability to develop his investigative research and consulting firm in 2001.
This was also when Investigator Harrington sought to expand and improve his skills by earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the City University of Seattle via the satellite campus in Richland, Washington. His MBA concentration was in project management and strategic planning. He completed the three-year program in 18 months, earning a 3.54 GPA.
Investigator Harrington took a five-year break before beginning his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in psychology from Walden University. He typically completed this five-year program in less than three years, earning a 3.94 GPA. His specific emphasis was on the psychology of health and investigative research.
It is with these acquired skills and adaptive experiences that Investigator Harrington approaches every aspect of conducting competent, thorough investigations. While the outcome or result of a legal matter can never be guaranteed, Investigator Harrington pledges to work fervently in acquiring what you need, hoping to secure the best outcome possible.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS (Current & Former)
Private Investigator & Mitigation Expert
January 2013 - Present
Investigative Researcher & Consultant
January 2001 - Present
Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor (First Aid, CPR, AED)
June 2000 - July 2006
Investigator Harrington is specifically trained in certain types of investigation, which include:
LICENSED IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON
Oregon Investigator 90168
Washington Principal 3828
Mark Baum, Attorney
Baum Law Office in Olympia, WA (360) 949-5167
"I have had the continuing opportunity and pleasure of working with Dr. Harrington on newly charged and appellate cases in Thurston County, Washington. In each of those cases, Dr. Harrington proved himself as a standout investigator not only in his continuing desire to excel in his efforts but in his willingness to develop a better understanding of the law and how his investigation will therefore, be impacted.
Dr. Harrington works collaboratively with me and excels as he skillfully devises investigative strategies, goals and outcomes and in his ability to synthesize case facts and critically analyze issues leading to on-point field research and analysis. When given the opportunity to thoroughly examine a legal problem, Dr. Harrington consumes it with a relish for getting to the heart of the issues and devising creative results.
Dr. Harrington is a man of high moral character and integrity. He is a tireless worker who continually strives to improve in his profession."
Corey Evan Parker, Attorney
The Appellate Law Firm in Los Angeles, CA (425) 221-2195
"Shane is by far the best investigator I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. On numerous occasions, he has strategically conducted witness interviews that uncovered favorable evidence for my client. He has also successfully tracked down witnesses or evidence I was seeking on many occasions. He even tracked down a former juror at her home and she agreed to sign a declaration related to a case that was over 11 years old.
Shane is always extremely responsive. My emails and texts are returned immediately whenever I reach out to him. He is always professional and pleasant to work with. He keeps me updated on his progress regularly and has an emphasis on getting results. As someone who has worked with a number of investigators over the years, there is no one more easy to work with, more thorough, more prompt, and more results driven than Shane. I highly recommend him for any investigative assignment."
Preston White, Attorney
Law Office of Preston White, P.S. in Olympia, WA (360) 556-9825
"Shane Harrington provides a valuable investigative resource. Dr. Harrington is a skilled, thorough investigator, with keen intuition, and a firm grasp of both the psychology, and the practice of investigation. His efforts have been a real momentum changer in improving outcomes of trial, plea negotiations, and in some cases, have led to dismissals of charges. He tailors his services to meet the needs of clients, and attorneys, and does so in a way that is cost effective, and provides significant added value.”
Shelley Ajax, Attorney
Ajax Law Firm in Kennewick, WA (509) 783-3330
"As an attorney with both a Superior Court and Homicide contract, I have the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging cases that come through the criminal docket. Shane is the investigator I trust to assist me on the majority of my cases. He works efficiently and is effective in acquiring what I need, asking the difficult questions, when required. He can handle virtually any interview or assigned task and does so with integrity. Of all the investigators I have dealt with throughout the years, I know that I will receive a fair and impartial report on any interviews he does outside my presence. That is the most important factor that I look for in an investigator.”
Karla Kane, Attorney
Karla Kane, PLLC in Pasco, WA (509) 545-4646
“Shane is someone that I would trust to do what it takes on any case that is assigned to him. He is able to remain focused and deliver what is needed at the time it is needed. This is extremely important in our line of work. He has consistently met every deadline given to him, even if it means that he works late evenings and weekends. He is dependable, dedicated and committed to any task he is assigned. I would recommend him without reservation.”
Kevin Kennedy, Executive Director
5150 to Recover Foundation (509) 851-3187
“As a PhD in psychology, Dr. Harrington has an exceptionally unique skill set, which provides insight into how to approach those who struggle with mental illness, especially among those who find themselves within the confines of the criminal justice system. I have witnessed firsthand through his volunteerism and advocacy, that Dr. Harrington is a champion of this cause."
Erin Harrington, BA
(360) 634-2198 Office
Office: 1441 West Bay Drive NW, Suite 102-D, Olympia, WA 98502
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Washington Private Investigator 4828
Providing Criminal Defense Investigation throughout Eastern Washington
Private Investigator & Mitigation Consultant
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Oregon Investigator 90168
Washington Principal 3828
Providing Criminal Defense Investigation and Mitigation Consulting
throughout Oregon and Washington