SPRA Code of Ethics

All members of the Security Professional Referral Association are committed to working in an honest, ethical and responsible manner. 

The Code of Ethics reflects that we value our referral network and establishes expectations for our members based on principles of practice, accountability, fairness and responsibility.  The SPRA Code of Ethics is intended to ensure the welfare of the client and to protect the reputation and integrity of SPRA Members, SPRA Associate Members and SPRA Business Partners.

The SPRA Code of Ethics is for our professional referral network in support of day-to-day decision making related to our services.  The Code is partly obligatory and disciplinary and partly aspirational and descriptive in that it defines the referral member’s role.  The Code educates referral members in the discipline, other professionals, and the public, regarding ethical principles and standards that direct a referral member’s conduct.

The preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to the responsible discharge of obligations by members who serve the security community.  The Code of Ethics sets forth the fundamental principles and rules considered essential to this purpose and is applicable to individuals who provide security services request and consultation. Those who desire membership in the Association must hold to the Code of Ethics.

SPRA Members, SPRA Associate Members, SPRA Business Partners



Members are to protect and promote the needs and interest of the client which shall always be the primary driving factor for any referral made by the member.   Member must make every effort to be well informed regarding the essential facts of security solutions and best practices available in their market area.

Members, as a practice, will conduct a quality intake for each client to determine their specific needs based on their safety and security concerns or needs. A face to face and personal intake provides necessary insight to the Member when selecting security solutions to personalize this process with each client they serve.  It is also the practice of Members to tour property or facility with client or client’s representative whenever possible.  SPRA shall not send referral notices out by fax, email or other means without an initial client intake interview.


Prior to recommending and touring any property and or facility with the client or client’s representative, Member will review any available risk assessments, physical security surveys, crime complaint files and/or enforcement actions.


Members are to be knowledgeable of the resources in their local communities.  They are to have a depth of understanding of safety and security solutions they are referring to.  This understanding and knowledge allows the Member to give personal guidance and to find the best solutions available to client.  Member must stay within their area of understanding and not undertake to provide opinion if outside their field of expertise and experience and will refer to SPRA network of security professionals with the appropriate experience and expertise.


Members maintain professional and general liability insurance, minimally, in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per occurrence.  Member will supply a copy of proof of insurance to SPRA as part of the  membership process and at the time of annual renewal.


Members must disclose to their clients how they are compensated.


Members are required to recognize and report to appropriate authorities any witnessed safety and or security incidents. In addition, Members will report to licensing authorities when security or safety violation are realized by Member.


Member will observe the Rules and Regulations established by SPRA, in addition with all other statutory and regulatory requirements that apply by state and federal laws.


Members agree not to work with a client whom Member knows to be working with another SPRA Member without disclosure to client. If client believes they are not receiving adequate service, Member may assist client so that client’s needs are met after such information is disclosed.  Member will inform client to alert Member company that they no longer wish to work with them.

Article 9

Membership is subject to the laws, rules and regulations governing the security profession imposed by government authorities or professional associations of which private patrol operation is a member.

Article 10

Member agree to comply with all federal, state, and local laws requiring business permits, certificates and licenses required to carry out the services to be performed for Clients of security service.

Article 11

Member agree to provide Client with proof of workers’ compensation insurance coverage has been obtained before starting work. Member will supply a copy of proof of insurance to SPRA as part of the membership process and at the time of annual renewal.

Article 12

Member agree to use reasonable care to prevent unauthorized use or dissemination of Client’s confidential information.

Article 13

Member agree to keep his/her license and insurance in good standing during the term of this membership. Member will supply a copy of proof of license to SPRA as part of the membership process and at the time of annual renewal.

Article 14

Member agree that for 1 year after Member is no longer a member of the Association, Member will not directly or indirectly solicit, agree to perform or perform services of any type that the Member Company can render (“Services”) for any member client or entity who paid or engaged the Association members for Services.

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