Bounty Hunting in The Big Apple
“New York, New York”, this was one of the best classic songs known. New York is also one of the most well known states for the mob and crime. That being said, Hunters are in great demand in the “Big Apple”.
I was not able to find as much on the laws of Bounty Hunting in New York as I have been able to find in the other states. However, I did find an amended article dated April 2001.
In April 2001, Article 7 was amended to include a new licensing category: That being Bail Enforcement Agent. This Article stated: BEA Agents and its employees must comply with all the business practice requirements currently in place for PIs and WGPS. Additionally, BEAs 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. BEAs cannot wear clothes or carry a badge suggesting they are an agent of the state or federal government.
One cannot apply for a BEA license unless they have three years as a police officer; investigator in an agency of the state, county or federal government; or an employee of a licensed 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. If this is not possible they must have 20 years as a police officer or fire marshal. Now while I understand the police officer, I am at a total loss as to the fire marshal.
Some states that have strong law enforcement union representation strongly influence bail bonds and bounty hunting requirements.
The BEA to be must complete a training program of not less than 25 hours as approved by the Secretary of the State but training can be waived if the person applying has served as a police officer for not less than three years.
Of course they can’t have any criminal convictions, they must have a fingerprinting done at a free of $50.00 and they must have a criminal background check done which they also pay for.
They have to post a surety bond of $500,000.00. The fee for a two year term of licensure is $400.00 for an individual proprietary license and $500.00 for a corporate or business license.
When I was hunting in Georgia, we had a jumper who as soon as he bailed out of an Atlanta jail fled back to his native state of New York. He had served time in the Queens prison for various felonies including assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, manslaughter, and other nice little crimes. He was also known for making the cocaine run from New York to Miami.
When we got the jacket we went to the last known address and after talking to the neighbors we found out he had backed up a U-haul to the front door cleaned out the apartment and fled. We chose not to chase him into New York. We knew he would get picked up sooner or later. Unfortunately, this jumper was not one of our success stories. Win some lose some.