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Year 3/2016 
Volume 8 
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Etyka zawodu detektywa w kontekście standardu minimalnego Internationale Kommission der Detektiv-Verbände

Marcin Berent
Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu

Wiesław, J. Modrakowski
Polskie Stowarzyszenie Licencjonowanych Detektywów

3/2016 8 (1) Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem

DOI 10.7206/kp.2080-1084.97

Abstract

The authors – lawyers and licensed detectives – examine the topic of an ethic in detective’s profession from theoretical and practical grounds. Although the authors are well positioned to delve into theoretical aspects of this topic, thanks to their strong academic background, the key input into the research is the practical experience they have gained while performing the profession; the profession they sadly acknowledge have some imperfections as well. Based on their own experience and observations the starting point of their work is the study of detective’s profession ethos. The angle of their examination is different to a traditional approach presented in other’s publication available on the market. The authors, in an innovative and original way, claim that the detective’s ethos is a result of profession’s elitism and exclusivism. The profession’s ethos has to be examined in the light of legal grounds in the Polish law system, the Act of 6 July 2001 on detective services (O.J. 2002 No. 12, Item 110, as farther amended). An extensive analysis of the act, brought a conclusion, that detective’s profession is elite, although authors have noted that there are certain reservations on this thesis, however they have
asserted that the profession is not exclusive, which is reflected in the instances of some ethic and moral violations, the topics they strictly separate. The reason of the abovementioned shortcomings is not sufficiently stringent procedure of the profession’s recruitment, which is a consequence of an easier access to the detective’s license, granted by the Act of 13 June 2013 on deregulation of access to certain professions in Poland (O.J. 2013, Item 829), effective as of 1 January 2014. The authors call for restoration of previously existing restrictions with this regard. The authors notice as well that there is a politically-driven reluctance to empower the representatives of the private security sector, hindering the fulfilment of a social role the detectives play as the agents of public trust. The authors however do not omit in their work the acknowledgement of a good condition of polish detective sector which one can see in the comparative cross-country international examination. They point out to the benefits and opportunities stemming from this condition, partly noticed by The Polish Association of Licensed Private Investigators – the representative body of detectives in Poland, which not only became a member of The International Federation of Associations of Private Detectives but also adopted the Code of Detective’s Ethics. The former is a unique opportunity to gain
expertise from international community as well as to share its own experiences, perhaps become a European leader setting internationals standards and guidance for the detective profession; the latter, authors believe, should be perceived as the code of exemplary conduct, one which all detectives shall follow. It is worth to mention that the mentioned Code of Detective’s Ethics is unique in its own nature on the Polish market as there is no other code encompassing the topic of detective’s ethic

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Etyka zawodu detektywa w kontekście standardu minimalnego Internationale Kommission der Detektiv-Verbände. (2016). Etyka zawodu detektywa w kontekście standardu minimalnego Internationale Kommission der Detektiv-Verbände. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, 8(1), 2-20. https://doi.org/10.7206/kp.2080-1084.97 (Original work published 3/2016AD)

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“Etyka Zawodu Detektywa W Kontekście Standardu Minimalnego Internationale Kommission Der Detektiv-Verbände”. 3/2016AD. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, vol. 8, no. 1, 2016, pp. 2-20.

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“Etyka Zawodu Detektywa W Kontekście Standardu Minimalnego Internationale Kommission Der Detektiv-Verbände”. Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia Nad Prawem, Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem, 8, no. 1 (2016): 2-20. doi:10.7206/kp.2080-1084.97.