Name and Objective
association shall be known as the "National Association of Property
Recovery Investigators, Inc." (NAPRI). The name of the association
shall not be used publicly by any member other than for the purpose
of identification. This shall not restrict the officers or members
of the association in the use of the name to carry out the purposes
of the association, or the duties of their office.
Board members of the Florida Law Enforcement Property Recovery
Unit, including Detective Jerry Vermette & William Streator
of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and Investigator
Scott Fyfe of the Seminole County Sheriff Office, attended a California
Secondhand Dealer Investigators Association seminar in September
1998. A decision was made to form a national organization dedicated
to the express purpose of furthering law enforcement’s response
to the recovery of stolen property.
January 1999, Seminole County Sheriff Donald F. Eslinger, located
in Sanford, Florida, authorized Investigator Scott Fyfe to establish
this association. Documents were filed with the Florida Department
of State. The organization was incorporated as a not for profit
corporation on 15 January 1999 under the laws of Florida as the
National Association of Property Recovery Investigators Inc.
objectives of this organization are:
- To increase
the recovery and return of stolen property to victims of theft
and identification and apprehension of criminals by providing
a forum of communications between all law enforcement agencies
in the United States.
- To provide
a basis for exchange of knowledge, ideas, training, information,
practices and procedures relating to criminal investigations
among the various individual members and the agencies they represent.
- This organization
shall provide training and focus of property investigations
of regulated industries to include the pawn shop industry and
second-hand dealers, which may include car title loans, firearms
dealers, jewelry stores, flea markets, or any business that
is required by law to record transactions of tangible personal
property. This organization shall include law enforcement personnel
who conduct burglary and theft investigations.
- To encourage
and support legislation that would benefit law enforcement in
the investigation of property crimes.
- To provide
educational seminars to its members for the purpose of furthering
law enforcement’s response to the recovery of stolen property
and the above enumerated objectives.
- This Association
shall be operated as a not for profit organization
1 Active Membership
representative of any duly authorized law enforcement agency of
municipal, county, state, or federal jurisdiction, or those honorably
retired therefrom; any government employee in a registration or
regulatory function of a regulated industry, or any person who
has a professional interest in the recovery of stolen property,
such as a corporate property loss Investigator, believed to be
beneficial to the best interest and objectives of the association.
maintain the highest level of integrity no person employed by
one of the industries that our membership regulates shall be a
member of this association, this shall in no way prohibit a professional
partnership relationship with regulated industries.
regulated industry may include any business that is required by
law to record any record of any transaction of tangible personal
person is considered to be an active member if the person meets
the requirements enumerated and submits a signed membership application,
affirming that they meet the requirements for membership and membership
dues are paid if required.
government employees’ association members such as law enforcement
personnel and government regulators shall have the right to vote
on association business.
Executive Board shall have the authority to review all applications
for membership and make a final determination that the applicant
is believed to be beneficial to the best interest and objectives
of the association. The Board shall not discriminate against any
applicant with regard to Creed, Religion, Race, Color, Sex, Marital
Status, Sexual Orientation, Political Ideology, Ancestry, National
Origin, or the presence of any Physical Handicap. The Executive
Board may deny any membership that is deemed not to be in the
association’s best interest.
in the Association shall terminate by:
- When any
member is in arrears with dues or other obligations to the association.
- By a majority
vote of the Executive Board when the Board, in its discretion,
determines that any member has exhibited conduct inconsistent
with the objectives or qualifications of the Association. The
President shall give any such member due notice, and an opportunity
to be heard before any such termination.
- If the
Executive Board does not require membership dues, and the member
has not attended an Association meeting for three years, his
or her membership shall be considered expired, without notice.
This does not prohibit the member in good standing to reapply
3 Alliance Association Membership
National Association of Property Recovery Investigators, Executive
Board, may recognize a State or Regional Property Crime Association,
which is believed to be beneficial to the best interests and objectives
of the National Association.
goal of the membership would be to provide different property
crime associations around the United States to stand together
in a common goal.
a local association to be granted an official "Alliance Association"
of the National Association of Property Recovery Investigators,
Inc., they shall:
an application, including a copy of their Constitution and By-laws.
the National Association to use their association name and logo
as an Alliance Association member, in public.
- Agree to
advise their members of NAPRI National seminars and meetings.
National Association Executive Board, shall review all requests
for Alliance Association membership and if approved grant said
membership. Said membership shall be considered active indefinitely
unless either organization, make written notice, that they no
longer desire the alliance or if the Alliance Association fails
to make payment of membership dues to National, if required.
person of a approved official Alliance Association, wishing to
became a member of the National Association shall be required
to meet the requirements of Article II, Section I, and be required
to pay National dues, if required by the National Executive Board.
National Association would have no control of the governing of
Alliance Associations; their By-laws and their Board of Directors
would govern them. The President of National may offer a member
of the Alliance Association to be placed on the National Advisory
4 Life Membership
past Presidents shall become Life members at the conclusion of
their term of office as President. Any Life member shall have
the privileges of an Active member without payment of annual dues
or seminar fees.
1 Executive Board
of the Association shall be vested in the Executive Board. The
members of the Executive Board of this Association shall consist
of a President, Vice-President, Executive Secretary, Treasurer
and two National Directors. Each member shall be entitled to one
vote on any question coming before the Board. The Board my allow
vote by proxy. A simple majority vote of those Executive Board
members responding to a question before the board shall determine
the question. The President shall decide all tied votes. The Executive
Board shall be law enforcement personal or honorable retired there
2 Officers of the Board
Officers of the Board shall consist of a President, Vice-President,
Executive Secretary, Treasurer, two National Directors and five
Executive Board may authorize all Officers of the Board to vote
on any question coming before the Board.
3 Term of Office
officers of this Association shall hold office for a period of
two (2) years from the date of their appointment and shall serve
at the pleasure of the President.
President shall be elected by the majority vote of the Officers
of the Board beginning in the year 2000 and reoccur in every even
numbered year thereafter. Beginning in year 2000 and in every
odd numbered year thereafter, the President shall appoint the
Officers of the Board and they shall serve at the pleasure of
the event any office of this association becomes vacant between
terms such vacancy shall be filled by an appointment of the President.
Such appointment shall remain in effect for the remainder of that
and Duties of Officers
President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association,
and it shall be his responsibility to supervise and coordinate
the activities of the Association and to preside at meetings of
the association and the Executive Board. The President shall appoint
appropriate individuals or committees for the conduct and activities
of the association and shall require reports from each, as he
deems fit. The President may appoint Committee Chairpersons. At
meetings of the Association, he may call upon a designated representative
of each Alliance Association to report to the membership regarding
the activities of their association during the past year.
absence of the President, the Vice-President shall carry out the
duties of the President, or any other duties designed by the President.
3 Executive Secretary
- Keep the
constitution, documents, and other records of the Association.
the minutes of the meetings.
a current roster of members and representatives.
and disseminate seminar certificates.
all voting issues conducted before the association members.
- Shall perform
such duties as assigned by the President.
- Be the
custodian and depositor of funds of the association.
such funds as authorized by the President or the Executive Board
for the purpose of promoting the welfare and objectives of the
a report of all income disbursements and balances at each Board
- The finance
books shall be audited by a certified public accountant or by
a member other than the Treasure, appointed by the President,
said member shall be responsible to verify all of the association’s
assets and liabilities, and report such review to the Board.
5 National Director
shall be two National Directors on the Executive Board; they shall
have responsibility of recruiting new member, aid in planning
seminar agendas and any other duties as designed by the President.
6 Regional Director
shall be five Regional Directors, selected by the Executive Board
and appointed by the President, throughout-out the United States.
These Regional Directors shall have the responsibility of recruiting
new membership, aid in planning seminar agendas, provided intelligence
information to members of their region and any other function
as designed by the President.
1 Board Meetings:
Board Meeting shall be held at the discretion of the President
or the Executive Board and the President shall preside over this
meeting. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President can
carry out this duty. Attendance at these Board Meetings, except
for Officers of the Board, is at the discretion of the Executive
Board. A quorum of the Officers of the Board must be present for
a vote to be taken or a motion approved. Since Board members may
be located at various locations within the United States, a meeting
my be conducted by electronic means.
seminars may be held annually or as needed at such place approved
by the President. The President or the Executive Board does have
the authority to remove all non-law enforcement personnel members
from a seminar segment that in the opinion of the President or
Executive Board is deem to be sensitive law enforcement related
3 Business Meetings
Business Meeting may be held at any seminar to allow the membership
a chance to introduce new ideas to the Office of the Board. Any
member shall have the right to call for a business meeting at
a scheduled seminar and address the membership on association
business. When any question comes before this business meeting
not specifically provided for herein, the presiding officer shall
be governed in their decision by the rules laid down in "Roberts
Rules of Order" as revised. This Constitution may only be amended
at a Business Meeting by a two-third (2/3) vote of the Active
Members present. The President or any Officer of the Board may
be removed from Office by a two-third vote of the Active Members
1 Intelligence Information
association member may release to the public or to any nonmember,
any confidential information obtained from the association, including
but not limited to, passwords to the association's World Wide
Web site without written consent from the President or the Executive
Board. Any member found to have released such information without
consent shall have his membership terminated.
by NAPRI Board of Directors 1/23/00