As with any organization that services the greater good, TPIA has a Canon of Ethics that all members are expected to uphold. It is a reasonable expectation that all members of TPIA are committed to the highest standard of conduct in the performance of their professional activities. While affirming the necessity and desirability of maintaining individuality and freedom of action, all members are asked to observe the following code:
The basic rule of professional ethics: not knowingly to do harm.
The adherence to all applicable laws and regulations.
The accurate representation of education, training, and experience.
The reports made will be based upon truth and facts; personal feelings or prejudices will not be allowed to interfere.
The trust placed by either client, employee, or associate will not be betrayed in any fashion.
The participation in entrapment will not be suggested, condoned, or practiced in any fashion or degree.
The acceptance of any assignment or employment, if a personal conflict of interest lies therein, will be avoided.
The basis for charges and the duties accepted should be clearly explained to the client or employer and dealt with fairly and equitably.
The professional reputation, prospects, or practice of another investigator should not be criticized. However, if there is information of unethical, illegal, deceptive, or unfair practices being performed, that information should be presented to the proper authority for action.
The obligations and responsibilities in contracts and mutual agreements should be met in a timely manner, and the principle of appropriate and adequate compensation for those engaged in investigative work should never be abused.