Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

ASIS International (ASIS), formerly known as the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), is the largest organization for security professionals, with more than 36,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, governmental entities, and the public. For more information, please or telephone 1-703-519-6200.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world's premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with nearly 50,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. The mission of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime and to assist the Membership in fraud detection and deterrence. ACFE provides bona fide qualifications for Certified Fraud Examiners through administration of the CFE Examination, sets high standards for admission, including demonstrated competence through mandatory continuing professional education and provides leadership to inspire public confidence in the integrity, objectivity, and professionalism of Certified Fraud Examiners. For more information, please or telephone 1-800 245-3321.

Latin American Security Association (LASA, ALAS) Latin American Security Association (ALAS) was founded in 1997 with a clear purpose in mind: educating, setting standards, and elevating the level of professionalism in the Latin American Security Market. Keenly aware of the fact that these are key issues affecting the future of this market, ALAS started looking for waywww.lacba.orgs to affiliate manufacturers, distributors and dealers, and unite them in a common cause. In the past two years, the ALAS main purpose is the furthering of the education of electronic security technicians and engineers in Latin America, almost 2.800 people have been certified with this program at the end of 2004 in alarms, access control, CCTV, fire detection and security systems integration courses. For more information, please visit

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBAR) has been making a difference in the professional lives of lawyers, and in the lives of the people of Los Angeles County, for over 125 years. With more than 25,000 members, over 100 committees and sections, and a score of public service projects, our association provides exceptional career resources for our members, an effective voice for the profession and vital services to the community. For more information, please visit or telephone (213) 627-2727.

National Association of Chief's of Police (NACP) is an educational nonprofit, tax exempt, association of command law enforcement officers within the United States, its territories and military forces. Membership is open to all municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement command officers and to directors of security agencies in the United States. For more information, please visit

National Association of Investigative Specialists (NAIS) is an American trade association of private investigative professionals that focuses in on marketing investigative services, developing new investigative techniques, providing training programs for those in practice or those wishing to enter the profession, developing positive media coverage of the investigative profession, acting as a center for case referrals and positive publicity referrals to members, and providing the overall membership with group buying power. For more information, please visit or telephone 512-719-3595

Professional Investigators of California Association (PICA) is an association comprised of investigators who provide critical services to government agencies, attorneys, insurance companies, state and federal courts and others. All of the Board Members are actively involved in operating and managing their own private investigative business. Their backgrounds are varied. Some have been in the private investigative business over 35 years. Some have law enforcement backgrounds and others have private sector backgrounds. Their investigative specialties are diverse. They span the spectrum of the investigative field and include insurance defense, criminal defense, trial preparation, surveillance, workers compensation, workplace investigations, and personal injury investigations. For more information, please visit or telephone 1- 800-765-7422.

The American Management Association (AMA) is a world leader in professional development, advancing the skills of individuals to drive business success. AMA supports the goals of individuals and organizations through a complete range of products and services, including seminars, Webcasts and podcasts, conferences, corporate and government solutions, business books and research. Organizations worldwide, including the majority of the Fortune 500, turn to AMA as their trusted partner in professional development and draw upon its experience to enhance skills, abilities and knowledge with noticeable results from day one. For more information, please visit or call 1-877-566-9441.

The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) was founded in 1992 as a non-profit organization comprised of law enforcement, prosecutors, mental health professionals, corporate security experts, probation and parole personnel and others involved in the area of threat and violence risk assessment. The purpose of ATAP is to afford its members a professional and educational environment to exchange ideas and strategies to address such issues as stalking, threats, and homeland security. The primary focus of this organization is to provide the necessary knowledge, tools, and support to better prepare our membership to handle these types of situations. Our commitment is to expertly address these issues through seminars and training and networking with other professionals working in this field. For more information, please visit or telephone 1-916-231-2146.

The California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) has nearly 2,000 members, and is the largest private investigator association in the world. Our goals are to advance the investigation and security professions. Association goals are met through educational programs and through aggressively advocating the needs of our profession in the government and state legislature. For more information, please visit or telephone 1-800 350-2254 – 916-231-2147.

The National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS) is the nation's largest association for investigation and security services companies, with more than 1100 member firms representing nearly 15,000 investigators and security services professionals. NCISS encourages the exchange of information and best practices to improve performance and raise ethical standards. Founded in 1975, NCISS works closely with state investigation associations and other security organizations to advocate and sustain the activities of investigators and security service professionals. For more information, please visit or telephone 1-800-445-8408.