Institute of Professional Investigators
For over 36 years, the Institute of Professional Investigators has sought to encourage and promote its members to achieve and maintain a high standard of professionalism whilst engaged in their investigative activities.
Our organisation is the only “Institute” within the private investigation sector in the United Kingdom. We consider our membership to be truly representative of the investigation sector.
IPI and IQ
The IPI is now working closely with IQ to ensure that the online Foundation Course meets the necessary industry criteria.
Licensing Finally Announced by Home Secretary
On the 31st of July, the Home Secretary announced that licensing for private investigators would be introduced by the end of 2014. Analysis of the Home Office statement indicates that the licensing ‘regime’ will follow the original concept outlined in the Private Security Act 2001 and include competency as well as character criteria.
The Institute is grateful for this message, and while the reasons for the announcement relate, in the main, to the Leveson and other hacking allegations currently dominating the press, the onset of licensing of our industry is very welcome.
See Government website for further information
The Institute's AGM was held on the 22 November 2013 in London.
Minutes of the AGM (members only)
Home Office Report
IPI Responds to Home Office Committee Conclusions, raising concerns about the recommended 1 year cooling off period for retired police officers.
Read Press Release
Help and advice for those seeking a career as a Professional and Private Investigator.
Do you want the best possible quality of work carried out in respect of the investigation you would like undertaken? Do you want to ensure that the information has been obtained lawfully and therefore in a manner that will be acceptable and valuable if and when your issue results in a court hearing?
Find an investigator
The Institute's online Foundation Course has been running now for eight years and has become very popular as an entry point into the world of professional and private investigation. Study at home at your own pace.