K.P.I.A. Code of Ethics
The members of the Kentucky Professional Investigators Association, Inc.
(KPIA) recognize the need for high principles of ethical conduct in the investigative
industry. At all times, each member represents the highest standards of dealing
honestly, justly, fairly, and courteously with all clients they represent.
The members will maintain the highest level of ethical conduct in the practice
of their profession.
- Members will explain to the public, at any
appropriate time, the role of their profession in the administration of
- Members will practice integrity with other
investigators and other professions. If any member or agency is guilty of
unethical, illegal, or unfair practice, the information will be submitted
in writing to the KPIA Ethics Committee.
- Members will provide those services which
they are competent and qualified to perform. They will refrain from accepting
an assignment if there is a personal or business conflict of interest. Members
will deal fairly and equitably with clients explaining the duties and fees.
- Members shall not disclose privately or publicly
the information obtained by him/her in the course of his/her work without
the express consent of the person who contracted for the services, except
all information connected with the commission of public offenses and cases
where he is required by law to do so.
- Members will not unethically compete with
other investigators in the solicitation of work. They will conduct themselves,
in an ethical manner, whenever engaged in the solicitation of work.
- Members will not represent themselves in a
misleading or deceptive manner. They will avoid all conduct or practice
likely to discredit or to do injury to the dignity and honor of the investigative
- Members will not knowingly violate any laws
regulating business practices and the investigative profession itself. No
rights or privileges of any citizen, which may be guaranteed by the United
States or State Constitutions and their rules, regulations, or laws will
- Members will make all reporting based upon
truth and fact and will express honest opinions on that basis. No personal
feelings or prejudices will be allowed to interfere with the factual and
truthful disclosures of the results obtained from investigative assignment
- Members will maintain technical competency,
at such a level, that the client receives the highest quality of services
that the members disciplines capable of offering. They will take advantage
of professional training and continued educational opportunities whenever
possible and keep up with advancements in their expertise at the highest
- Members will support the efforts of KPIA in
promoting the highest standards for the profession of a private investigator.
Duties will be performed at the highest standards of excellence.