The Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts is the oldest and premier resource for Licensed Private Detectives in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Through legislative efforts, continuing education and peer networking events, the LPDAM promotes professionalism of the individual investigator and the profession as a whole.  The LPDAM also coordinates its efforts with the National Council for Security Services (NCISS) to ensure proper representation on the national level.  

The business of Private Detectives and Private Investigation is a profession regulated by Massachusetts state law. Anyone who practices Private Investigation, Bodyguard Services, Polygraph Examinations, Accident Reconstruction, Insurance Investigations, Arson Investigations or any other aspect of investigation for hire, in Massachusetts must be properly Licensed, or the W-2 Employee of a properly Licensed company, under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 147, Sections 22-30.  Currently, the Massachusetts State Police, Certification Unit enforces the Private Detective and Watch Guard Statutes within the Commonwealth.   Any state law enforcement agency or local police department may prosecute violations of M.G.L. Ch. 147, ss. 22-30.   As the self-regulating Professional Association representing Licensed Private Detectives and their employees in Massachusetts, the LPDAM supports the aggressive enforcement of our state's licensing laws.

If you have any questions about the licensing status of an individual or agency, we encourage you to contact the Massachusetts State Police, Special Licensing Unit, 485 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Telephone 978-538-6128.We salute the Past Presidents of LPDAM for their dedication and devotion to the Association and Private Investigation profession. The success of the LPDAM is a direct result of their tireless contributions.

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