The National Association of Bail Bond Investigators
About Our Association | Our History | Our Philosophy
About Our Association | Our History | Our Philosophy
The goal of the National Association of Bail Bond Investigators is to assist the American criminal justice system ensure justice is achieved by following the United States Constitution, the Constitutions of the individual States, and all local, state and federal laws, to bring back to the jurisdiction of the Court, those that have fled to avoid prosecution while free on private bail bond.
Our members pledge to complete their tasks in a legal, humane and ethical way with the utmost regard to the safety of the public, the investigator and the defendant.
This will be accomplished by each member adhering to the highest standard of education, training and following the Code of Ethics of the Association.
It is important to note that NABBI is not affiliated or connected in any manner with any other associations, organizations, websites or sureties. Although we will accept donations, we are not beholding to anyone but our membership. We are totally self supported as a non profit association.
There has always been an ongoing desire, within the bonding community, for the formation of a national association that has no ‘official’ affiliations or connections with sureties, state or federal regulatory agencies or companies.
Discussions and talks have taken place in many venues but until the actual formation of NABBI, there was never anything accomplished, other than wishful thinking.
A Maryland Private Investigator and a Tennessee bondsman and recovery agent who had been friends and associates for years, would meet at a local Maryland ‘seafood’ restaurant for the purpose of socializing and holding informal business discussions.
This informal ‘get together’ blossomed into a regional and then a national annual meeting that began to grow as more members of the bonding and recovery business began to attend.
Discussions concerning an ‘association’ of like minded industry members began to take shape. Members of the “old school” bonding and recovery business began to put the finishing touches on
“The National Association of Bail Bond Investigators”
During the “Crab Smashing” (as it became known) which took place in September 2010, it was decided that an official national meeting to discuss the formation of the association, should take place and Las Vegas began to shape up as the location.
In the early summer of 2011, members of the industry met in Las Vegas and held a very informative meeting of the minds to discuss NABBI and its’ organization.
The group was comprised of industry members from across the nation; bail bondsmen, private investigators, recovery agents alike… who felt an association was needed to represent the individual members and their concerns as related to their individual states, their laws and regulations and as a main focus…
“THE PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS OF THE INDUSTRY “
Early in 2012, yet another conference was held in “The Gateway”… St. Louis, MO.
Officers and directors were elected, lengthy discussions created “By Laws” and the “Code of Ethics”, dues were discussed, membership levels and qualifications developed…
and NABBI was officially formed
St. Louis was a very enjoyable and important conference, that continued to lead us on a positive path forward
Continuing into September 2012, NABBI held yet another conference, this time in Philadelphia, to increase membership and discuss the future of the association.
At this meeting, we also included training sessions and related presentations concerning areas of interest, including “skip tracing”, “professional image and attitude and a lengthy presentation on the history of bail.
Presentations were made by members of the surety community, recovery agencies and private investigators related to our overall involvement with federal and state regulations.
NABBI continued to grow while providing training and acceptance throughout the national industry.
Reasons Behind NABBI’s Formation and focus for its development.
Over the past few years, all of us have seen an influx of new members… new bondsmen, recovery agents, private investigators and others who are entering our industry on a regular basis.
The training, regulations, laws and compliance issues differ greatly from state to state. As such, each member of our industry face multiple issues dealing with not only the compliance within their states but the training requirements and who is responsible for their implementation.
Professional image is a very major part of our business and frankly is probably one of the main issues faced by our
Television, other forms of media and the legal community have over the years, formed a wide variety of images and opinions relating to our industry. Many of these images are quite unacceptable and frankly completely opposite of the true character we embody.
The “old school” members of this industry have a legacy to pass on to the new members entering today.
The training and education that we pass on needs to be professional, compliant and meet the highest standards that we can set.
Those of us that have been in this business for many years need to try and instill the importance of training and professional character in each of the new entrants and to that end, “NABBI” is committed.
That is the true focus of “NABBI” and the main reason we have formed this association.
To pass to the future industry members a very real sense of purpose from a professional standpoint; to give each new member a goal to aim for, a level of training and acceptance within the legal community that will carry them further than the TV persona’s that tend to garner the attention of not only the legal community but also the general public at large.
NABBI’s goal is to raise the bar in our industry, to help provide proper training and see to it that our industry is represented in as professional a manner as possible; membership in NABBI should exemplify professionalism by reflecting and enforcing our “code of ethics”, to which, each member should adhere to in all aspects of his field of endeavor.