ARTICLE II: Objectives and Purposes

The objectives and purposes of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association are as follows:

To encourage, promote, aid, and affect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, and knowledge about methods, processes among the membership of HTCIA;

To promote a representative, centralized organization to collect, collate, coordinate, and distribute data, information, ideas, knowledge, methods, and techniques by any suitable means in order to improve the efficiency, promote uniformity in investigative methods, and develop matters of mutual interest to the membership of HTCIA.

To establish, encourage, and enforce observation of a Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct;

To publish and distribute books, pamphlets, periodicals, papers and articles supportive of activities and purposes of HTCIA;

To establish and conduct such committees, bureaus, and offices as are necessary and incidental to the activities of HTCIA;

To conduct surveys, studies, hold conferences, symposiums, seminars, and forums;

To arrange for the presentation of lectures and papers on matters and problems of interest;

To foster, promote, encourage, study, research, facilitate discussion, collect and disseminate information of service or interest to the members of HTCIA or the public at large;

To conduct such other related activities as may be necessary, desirable, or incidental to gaining recognition of accomplishments in the field of criminal investigations involving advanced technologies, and security within government, business and industry.

Code of Ethics of Professional Standards Conduct

The HTCIA is dedicated to improving methods for investigating and prosecuting crimes involving advanced technologies. Members are dedicated to mutually assisting each other in the pursuit of this goal.

Members will always use what they learn through HTCIA for the betterment of its members and their sponsoring organizations.

Members agree to respect the confidential nature of any information, procedures, or techniques they become aware of because of their involvement with HTCIA.

Members will not disclose such confidential information to anyone who is not a member in good standing of the HTCIA without the written permission from their respective Chapter Board. Members will never reveal the professional confidences entrusted among one another except under circumstances consistent with the purpose of HTCIA.

Members will never misrepresent their employment, intentions, or professional affiliations.

Members will refrain from even the appearance of impropriety detrimental to the HTCIA, its purpose, or its members.

Members will use their best efforts to support the integrity and competence of HTCIA and prevent the subversion of the association and its purpose.

Members will promote cooperation and mutual assistance among the International Board of Directors and its Chapters.

Dedication of Assets

In order to promote the purposes of HTCIA the corporation may hold and manage property, funds, hire employees, and contract for services for any community, charitable, educational, scientific, or civil purposes as set forth in these bylaws.

The property and assets of this nonprofit corporation are irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes as set out in this Article. No part of the past, present, or future net income or assets of this corporation on dissolution or otherwise, shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer or member thereof, or to the benefit of any private person. Upon dissolution of the corporation, its assets remaining after payment, or provisions for payment, of all debts and liabilities of the Corporation shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and which is established under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Non Partisanship

This corporation has been formed under the California Public Benefit Corporation Law for the purposes described in this Article; and it shall be nonprofit and nonpartisan. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall consist of the publication or dissemination of materials with the purpose of attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office or for or against any cause or measure being submitted to the people for a vote.