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The Alabama Private Investigators Association is a 501(c)(6) organization that promotes and encourages the highest standards of professionalism among licensed private investigators through legislative action, education, training, membership support and networking.

The APIA is comprised of a very diverse group of professional investigators from “general practitioners” to specialized investigators. We seek to recruit investigators from every imaginable discipline.  Among our members,  you will find specialists in Fire, Insurance SIU, Surveillance, Service of Process, Domestic Relations, Cyber Forensics, and other disciplines represented.  Our professional development program includes quarterly meetings and an annual conference that provides continuing education (CE Credits) across the spectrum of professional investigations. 

New to the APIA?

With more than 500 Licensed Private Investigators (LPI), over one fourth are members of APIA.  Every LPI is invited to join APIA.  To be a Full Member, one must possess a current Alabama Private Investigators License issued by the APIB.  Associate Members are professionals in related fields, such as police investigators, paralegals, non-licensed investigators that work for corporations and law firms and is offered to students as well. 

APIB Delegate

§34-25B Alabama Private Investigation Regulatory Act (Act 2013-306, § 1) established the Regulatory Board to be composed of 8 members. The seats on the Board are appointed by the following:

  • Governor (3)
  • Lieutenant Governor (1)
  • Speaker of the House (1)
  • Attorney General (1)
  • Alabama State Bar Association (1)

The current APIA delegate to the APIB is Mr.Jeff Hammock. Mr. Hammock is a long standing member and former Vice President of APIA, and now sits on the APIA Board of Directors as our Secretary.  Another APIB seat is held by one of APIA’s founding members,

Advantages of Joining APIA

As a Full Member of the APIA, you can be a part of setting the highest standards of our profession by participating in one of many committees from Legislative, Education & Training to Ethics and more. Belonging to a professional association demonstrates your commitment to excellence in your career. APIA Members gain access to our “Resource Board” which contains links to support organizations from Insurance to Equipment. Ads can be purchased to promote specialties and services. APIA business records are also viewable to members only.

Education and Training

“The APIB (Alabama Private Investigators Board), through Administrative Rule 741-X-7, grants the APIA the authority to issue CEU or credits toward license renewal. The APIA holds quarterly meeting, at which, 2 CEU’s are earned by attending the educational classes. Two (2) hours are awarded to APIA member attendees. Additionally, the annual conference held in October offers classes over 2 days and awards 8 hours of CE credits to APIA member attendees.”

More importantly, we strive to improve our profession by instilling professionalism, knowledge, expertise and skill in each of our members. Participation in your peer group association is a sign of collaboration within your field, and your dedication to your profession. Check out our upcoming events.


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Click here to access our public member directory.

If you are an APIA member and would like to be listed on the public directory please send us a listing request from our contact form

 This year’s recipient of the 3rd Annual APIA Philanthropy is Alabama's own "Philip Mahan Davis Foundation"; previous year's recipients are "Alabama CASA, The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs". "The Philip Mahan Davis Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Alabama Police Officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Established in 2011, the Foundation strengthens the relationship between the Alabama Police, its business and civic leaders, and its citizenry. It allows us to express our gratitude to the fallen Officers’ families for the ultimate sacrifice of their loved one." Please visit their website www.officerphilipdavis.com to learn more. Recipients are selected based on recommendations of the members. Please nominate a worthy cause for consideration by the APIA Board of Directors. Organizations related to the field of investigations are given priority.

2021 APIA LEO Appreciation Award

This award is presented to an Officer of that has demonstrated a spirt of willingness and assistance “Above & Beyond” to an investigator in the Private Sector. A monetary award is given to the agency for whom the Officer is employed.

The 2021 APIA LEO Appreciation Award was presented to Sheriff Don Valenza of the Houston County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Valenza has demonstrated his support to the APIA as well as his cooperation and assistance to investigators in the private sector. We appreciate him and his entire department.

The tradition of this award ceremony  was initiated by Past A.P.I.A. President Jonnie Munn and was declared the "Jonnie Munn Law Enforcement Appreciation Award" in October  of 2023 by the A.P.I.A. Board and Membership.

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