Bail Enforcement Training Courses
Bail Enforcement Agents (a/k/a Bounty Hunters):
We currently offer the NYS Certified Course for Bail Enforcement Officers. Upon completion of the 25 Hour Bail Enforcement Officer Training Course you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Effective April 1, 2001, Article 7 was amended to include a new licensing category: Bail Enforcement Agent (BEA) a/k/a Bounty Hunter.
A Bail Enforcement Agent is defined as an individual or entity who (for a fee) apprehends individuals who have failed to appear on bond or bail and surrenders them to the appropriate jail or to court.
Any NON-private investigator business entity that wishes to engage in bail enforcement MUST be licensed as a Bail Enforcement Agent and comply with the licensing requirements, training (25 hours), and background checks.
This amendment does NOT have any impact on private investigators (PIs). PIs (whether new to the field or existing) AND their employees can continue engaging in bail enforcement WITHOUT further licensing requirements or training.
Business Practice Requirements:
The Bail Enforcement Agent business and its employees must comply with virtually all the business practice requirements currently in place for Private Investigators and Watch Guard Patrol Agencies. Additionally, Bail Enforcement Agent’s must notify local police before attempting to apprehend a fugitive. The form of such notification is to be determined by the local law enforcement agency. Local law enforcement officials may accompany the bail enforcement agent to the site of the intended apprehension. Bail Enforcement Agent’s cannot wear clothes or carry a badge suggesting they are an agent of the state or federal government.
Experience - Three years' experience as a police officer; an investigator in an agency of the state, county, or federal government; or an employee of a licensed private investigator or at a firm, partnership, company, or corporation where one member has been performing the duties described in the definition of bail enforcement agent; OR twenty years' experience as a police officer or fire marshal
Education - Completion of a training program not less than 25 hours as approved by the Secretary of State (Training may be waived when the person has served as police officer for not less than three years.)
Freedom from Disqualifying Criminal Convictions – Fingerprints, a Fingerprint Fee must be submitted with application for criminal history verification with DCJS.