Code of Ethics

for Security Industry Employees

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Ethics is a collection of values we are first taught as children. This includes moral principles like trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Together these values shape our moral characters as adults and personal and professional behavior.

As members of the security profession, we bear the serious responsibility of delivering services critical to the safety and security of the public. As a result, we are held to a higher standard of trust and integrity. How we meet this responsibility affects our professional lives, the reputation of our employer, the clients we serve, and other stakeholders.

For a security industry code of ethics to be effective, its ability to provide guidance must extend beyond a memorized list of do’s-and-don’ts. An effective code serves as a model, connecting with ethical values we already possess. Once that connection is made, doing the right thing becomes more of an automatic response.

Rewards and penalties

Compliance with the Security Code of Ethics is voluntary. That being said, penalties for non-compliance in the real world may include, but are not limited to:

  • Disciplinary or legal consequences
  • Erosion of your personal reputation
  • Damage to the client
  • Harm to your company
  • Reduction in career opportunities
  • Loss of employment

Conversely, adherence to these codes may have positive results including but not limited to:

  • Positive work relations with peers
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Respect and recognition by others

Security companies that choose to adapt Elite’s Security Code of Ethics may provide other remedies for non-compliance.

Code of Ethics for the Security Industry

The following code of ethics addresses behavioral standards as they apply to individuals working in the electronic security industry – and their interactions with various stakeholders, including but not limited to, clients, peers, employers, and authorities having jurisdiction.

Article I. Relationship with clients

1.1 Be honest in all your dealings with prospects and client.
1.2 Do not make promises or representations that cannot be supported by your actions or those of your company.
1.3 Do don’t exaggerate the capabilities of your company or the products they sell.
1.4 Do not engage in deceptive, misleading or unlawful activities.
1.5 Always arrive on time, presentable and prepared for work.
1.6 Treat the client with the respect they deserve, including their homes or places of business.
1.7 Minimize any inconvenience to the client.
1.8 Do everything in your power to ensure the client’s system is installed expeditiously and in accordance with your company’s and industry best practices.
1.9 Do not share client information gathered in the course of your work without the expressed permission of the client.

Article II. Relationship with peers

2.1 Treat your peers in a respectful manner.
2.2 Do not participate in gossip or other actions that could negatively affect any of your peers.
2.3 Assist and mentor new team members to become better employees.
2.4 Do not participate in unethical behavior - even when it may be considered common practice amongst your peers.
2.5 Discourage unethical behavior on the part of your peers. In situations when it continues, report it to you superiors.
2.6 Divide the workload in an equitable manner and always be prepared to do your share.

Article III. Relationship with your company

3.1 Always represent you qualifications and capabilities honestly and accurately to your employer.
3.2 Represent your company in the best manner possible: in your personal demeanor, preparation for work, and execution of your duties.
3.3 Avoid actions or behaviors that could damage your company’s reputation.
3.4 Avoid actions that could expose your company to legal liabilities.
3.5 Be respectful of all company employees.
3.6 Fulfill you work obligations in accordance with company policy and industry best practices.

Article IV. Relationship with Authorities having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

4.1 Be cognizant of and comply with all applicable local, state, and national codes and regulations.
4.2 Be cognizant of and comply with all state certifications requirements applying to your work.

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