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About CALI


Who We Are


The California Association of Licensed Investigators, Inc. is a not‐for‐profit professional organization founded in 1968 to protect and enhance our licensed private investigator and licensed private patrol operator members.

With approximately 1,400 members, CALI is the largest private investigator association in the world. The association works to advance the investigation and security professions through educational programs and legislative advocacy efforts that promote the needs of the profession before governmental agencies and the State Legislature.

CALI works in support of the ability of clients, often either a consumer or a victim, by performing legitimate investigations within the parameters and boundaries established in law. Our members are licensed and regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

Our Mission Statement


Our goals remain as clear and strong as they were when CALI was formed in 1968:

  • To advance the professions of licensed investigators and security professionals;
  • To provide education and training to all licensed professionals; and
  • To articulate and advocate the needs and interests of the professions before legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of government.

Through quarterly conferences and seminars, publications, community programs, and advocacy on behalf of our profession, we honor our commitment to our colleagues and clients.

Our Purpose


The purposes of the Association include:

a) engaging in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized;

b) advancing the professions of licensed investigators and private patrol operators;

c) articulating and advocating the needs and interests of the professions before legislative, administrative, and judicial branches of local and state governments;

d) cooperating on behalf of the professions with persons and firms directly and through their Associations in matters involving the business and governmental affairs of the professions;

e) promulgating policies and conducting activities for the betterment of all those involved in some aspect of the professions.