Who We Are
The California Association of Licensed Investigators, Inc. is a not‐for‐profit professional organization founded in 1967 to protect and enhance our licensed private investigator and licensed private patrol operator members.
With approximately 1,400 members, CALI is the largest private investigator association in the world. The association works to advance the investigation and security professions through educational programs and legislative advocacy efforts that promote the needs of the profession before governmental agencies and the State Legislature.
CALI’s works in support of the ability of clients, often either a consumer or a victim, by performing legitimate investigations within the parameters and boundaries established in law. Our members are licensed and regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.
Our Mission Statement
Our goals remain as clear and strong as they were when CALI was formed in 1967:
Through quarterly conferences and seminars, publications, community programs, and advocacy on behalf of our profession, we honor our commitment to our colleagues and clients.
The purposes of the Association include: a) engaging in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized; b) advancing the professions of licensed investigators and private patrol operators; c) articulating and advocating the needs and interests of the professions before legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of local and state governments; d) cooperating on behalf of the professions with persons and firms directly and through their Associations in matters involving the business and governmental affairs of the professions; e) promulgating policies and conducting activities for the betterment of all those involved in some aspect of the professions.
Our Code of Ethics
The California Association of Licensed Investigators is the largest private investigator association in the world. We believe in the principles of truth, justice, fairness and honesty in dealing with our clients, witnesses and the general public. It is the purpose of the Code of Ethics to provide our members with a clear understanding of their responsibilities as active members of the association. This Code is also designed to protect the public and the association from the unethical practices of investigators within the State of California. CALI, through this Code of Ethics endorses and adheres to the Code of Ethics previously adopted the NCISS (National Council of Investigators and Security Professionals).
Private Investigator Act
Private investigators and private patrol operators are licensed and regulated by the California State Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). To be eligible for licensure, the applicant must have 6,000 hours of experience; submit to a thorough criminal background investigation by BSlS and the Department of Justice; and successfully complete a written exam. Private investigators are governed by the California Business & Professions Code, Private Investigator Act.
CALIFORNIA BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS CODE, SECTION 7521
For the purposes of this section, a private investigator is any person, firm, company, association, partnership, or corporation acting for the purpose of investigating, obtaining, and reporting to any employer, it’s agent, supervisor, or manager, information concerning the employer's employees involving questions of integrity, honesty, breach of rules, or other standards of performance of job duties.