Why is the Private Investigator Association important? If I just want a private investigator, I just need to go to the classified ads and just look up for one, right? Why bother with the association?
What reasons do we need this private investigator association?
Let’s suppose that your wife is cheating on you and you want to know if it’s just your imagination or if it’s true. Yes, you can go to the classifieds or such, wouldn’t it be easier if you can easily locate a specialist in this field (Domestic/Familial) just by going to your local private investigator association site or telephone number?
A private investigator is a person who is contracted to perform specific services for his client. A private investigator is at least 18 years old and doesn’t have a criminal record (the basic qualities to become a private investigator). Once they are nominated as private investigators they appear in a private investigator association; this association is zonal, for example in U.S.A there are associations in every state from Alaska to Wisconsin. Why this specific organization? Because organized like this, you can easily find what you’re looking for in your region.
Still not convinced?
Let’s take another example: somebody recommends you to a private investigator for your job and after a week or two you start to wonder if he/she is really a private investigator. To find out simply access the internet site and find out if your private investigator is in the private investigator association of your state or the state you are interested in.
The association also serves as a watch guard. It has the role to punish the private investigators that overcome their attributions and anger the clients. If the respective private investigators did not respect The Code of Ethics, they are suspended or even discharge from their job as a private investigator and are banned from becoming or practicing as a PI ever again. That also happens when a private investigator is charged and accused with criminal charges, because it breaks one of the specific rules of a private investigator.
Also the private investigator association runs training schools in how to become a private investigator and teaches you step by step how to evolve into one. In a private investigator association they also have periodical meetings to discuss what is new in the field, new techniques of surveillance and other related stuff regarding the activity of a private investigator. All these activities serve to upgrade the members of the association.
For example in Virginia meetings occur every month on the third Wednesday at 19:00 sharp, excepting the months of July and August. Just like the top private investigator courses are like the Bible for a private investigator so is the Code of Ethics for the various private investigator associations.
Overall, private investigator associations help to regulate and keep on top of the various issues that arise in the field of private investigation. Without them, you would have an unregulated, haphazard industry that would flounder for the lack of support from clients and industry experts.
Bottom line is that with them in place, you have a place where you can easily locate a private investigator and can be assured of the quality of private investigators that you hire as well.