Code of Ethics
Yorkey Investigation Inc., Ethics Code
No part of this document shall supersede the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.25, as amended, or its regulations. Yorkey Investigations Inc. is an organization licenced to engage in the business of providing private investigators. The employees or directors of Yorkey Investigations Inc. are licenced private investigators. Yorkey Investigations Inc., and its directors are a corporate member of The Council of Professional Investigators – Ontario (CPIO) that is the recognized industry association of private investigators and private investigation companies in Ontario.
The CPIO Code of Privacy, (Adopted by Yorkey Investigations Inc.) is a component of this Code of Ethics.
Yorkey Investigations Inc., support the following objectives of the Code of Ethics.
A. To ensure a high standard of investigative services are provided to the public.
B. To maintain courteous and professional conduct.
C. To enhance the relationship of CPIO Member’s with regulatory bodies, law enforcement, clients, the public, and non-members.
Reputation of the Profession
Yorkey Investigation Inc. regard itself as a member of an important and respectable profession.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will ensure that our reputation, that of fellow Members of the CPIO, and the investigative profession is maintained at all times.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will not engage in any investigative activity for which we are not competent and qualified.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will adhere to the Standards of Conduct and Compliance with the Code of Ethics and Code of Privacy as defined by the CPIO.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will at all times conduct investigations with integrity and in accordance with the lawful instructions of their client.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will conduct due diligence to ensure that the identity of a client is verified, and that the client has a lawful purpose to retain and instruct the investigator.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will ensure that all employees, subcontractors, and other persons paid to assist in an investigation adhere to this Code of Ethics and the Code of Privacy.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will maintain the confidentiality of all information received as part of an investigation.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will respect the privacy of clients and their right to confidentiality.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will conduct investigations in a manner consistent with the Code of Privacy.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will ensure adequate security for personal information collected in the course of an investigation and will take all reasonable steps to protect against inadvertent or negligent disclosure.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will not use information obtained in an investigation for personal gain.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will pay CPIO membership fees in full when due. Failure to renew membership may result in the removal of Yorkey Investigations Inc. from the Association.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will not at any time make false or misleading claims to academic or professional qualifications.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will work together with other members of the CPIO to their achievement of the objectives of the CPIO.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will attempt to employ the services of fellow members of the CPIO when an investigation may warrant.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will not take advantage of referrals by fellow members in order to interfere with the referee’s business relationships.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will not make false or misleading statements about a fellow member.
Conduct of a Professional Practice
Yorkey Investigations Inc. agree to disclose conflicts to a client at the first opportunity any influence, interest or relationship pertaining to an investigative engagement which may impair our professional judgment or objectivity.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will ensure that prior to accepting an engagement, the objectives of the client are fully understood, and that the client has been informed of anticipated costs and the time required to complete an assignment.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will not provide opinions for which we are not professionally qualified to give.
Yorkey Investigations Inc. will be forthcoming, truthful, and professional in disclosing investigative findings. Reports to clients shall be complete, objective and unbiased. Reports will not provide opinions without a factual foundation.