Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to subnav
Searching 2023-2024 Session

The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online does not include the actions of the 2024 session of the General Assembly. We expect them to be updated by November 1st.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 059 : Private Investigative and Security Services

Subchapter 004 : Unprofessional Conduct and Discipline

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 3181)
  • § 3181. Unprofessional conduct

    (a) It shall be unprofessional conduct for a licensee, registrant, or applicant to engage in conduct prohibited by this section, or by 3 V.S.A. § 129a.

    (b) Unprofessional conduct means any of the following:

    (1) conviction of any felony or a crime involving fraud or dishonesty;

    (2) failing to make available, upon request of a person using the licensee’s services, copies of documents in the possession or under the control of the licensee, when those documents have been prepared for and purchased by the user of services;

    (3) violating a confidential relationship with a client, or disclosing any confidential client information except:

    (A) with the client’s permission;

    (B) in response to a court order;

    (C) when necessary to establish or collect a fee from the client; or

    (D) when the information is necessary to prevent a crime that the client intends to commit;

    (4) accepting any assignment that would be a conflict of interest because of confidential information obtained during employment for another client;

    (5) accepting an assignment that would require the violation of any municipal, state, or federal law or client confidence;

    (6) using any badge, seal, card, or other device to misrepresent oneself as a police officer, sheriff, or other law enforcement officer;

    (7) knowingly submitting a false or misleading report or failing to disclose a material fact to a client;

    (8) falsifying or failing to provide required compulsory minimum training in firearms or guard dog handling as required by this chapter;

    (9) failing to complete in a timely manner the registration of an employee;

    (10) allowing an employee to carry firearms or handle guard dogs prior to being issued a permanent registration card;

    (11) allowing an employee to work without carrying the required evidence of temporary or permanent registration;

    (12) allowing an employee to use or be accompanied by an untrained guard dog while rendering professional services;

    (13) failing to provide information requested by the Director;

    (14) failing to return the temporary or permanent registration of an employee;

    (15) failing to notify the Director of a change in ownership, partners, officers, or qualifying agent;

    (16) providing incomplete, false, or misleading information on an application;

    (17) any of the following except when reasonably undertaken in an emergency situation in order to protect life, health, or property:

    (A) practicing or offering to practice beyond the scope permitted by law;

    (B) accepting and performing occupational responsibilities that the licensee knows or has reason to know that he or she is not competent to perform; or

    (C) performing occupational services that have not been authorized by the consumer or his or her legal representative;

    (18) for armed and guard dog certified licensees, brandishing, exhibiting, displaying, or otherwise misusing a firearm or guard dog in a careless, angry, or threatening manner unnecessary for the course of the licensee’s duties.

    (c) [Repealed.] (Added 1981, No. 98, § 1; amended 1995, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 16; 1997, No. 145 (Adj. Sess.), § 51; 2001, No. 151 (Adj. Sess.), § 31, eff. June 27, 2002; 2009, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 39; 2017, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 24; 2019, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), § 17, eff. Oct. 1, 2020.)