Thursday, June 13, 2013
Alabama Joins Other Southern States Like Florida and Georgia In Regulating Private Investigators When Will Mississippi Keep Pace.
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)– Prior to this month anyone in Alabama or Mississippi could advertise themselves as a “private investigator,” but all of that has changed (except for Mississippi), replaced with a state regulatory board and new licensing process for Alabama. Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 172 on the final day of the legislative session and Gov. Robert Bentley signed it into law in June. The new law is similar to laws in 48 other states across the country. Now private investigators will need to be licensed and consumers will have an outlet to voice complaints.
In most states, private investigators must be licensed; this isn't the case in Mississippi. In the state of Mississippi anyone can advertise themselves as a "private investigator" with no training, no background check and no state supervision of any kind, this can cause a very serious public safety problem.
The Alabama Private Investigators Association lobbied hard for the past several years to have laws passed to regulate the PI business because “a few bad apples” were ruining the reputation of legitimate investigators in the state, according to Bill Posey, a Madison County private investigator who will sit on the newly formed state board. The other board members will be picked by the governor, community and other state and local groups. “This is probably the best thing that has ever happened to our industry in Alabama and is a public safety problem that is being fixed,” Posey told WHNT News 19.
“This new licensing and regulatory board will begin the process of ridding Alabama of thieves and thugs who have been operating under the guise of Private Investigator,” Posey added. In the near future Private Investigators will be required to submit their finger prints, background checks, and continuing education like most of the rest of the United States”. This regulatory board will be a protection for Alabama citizens from unscrupulous persons hiding behind the title of Private Investigator.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com