As an Investigator, I swear or affirm that I will, at all times, demonstrate the core values that are integral to the field of private investigation as follows: 

    Character.  Good character includes being respectful and courteous, being faithful and diligent, using discretion, demonstrating compassion and exhibiting courage; 

    Honesty. Honesty includes integrity, credibility, acting honorably, adhering to the facts and maintaining confidences; 

    Striving for Justice.  Striving for justice includes just treatment, the quality or characteristics of being just, fair and non-discriminatory; 

    Public Trust.  Public trust includes maintaining public confidences, being law abiding and adhering to recognized industry standards; and 

    Respect for the laws and constitutions of this state and nation. 

[OAR 259-061-0040] 

I will: 

    Obey all laws in the pursuit of an investigation; 

    Abide by all provisions of ORS chapter 703 and OAR chapter 259, Division 061 as they relate to licensed investigators; 

    Never permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my professional decisions; 

    Never compromise and will relentlessly perform my duties in accordance with the law, courteously and appropriately, without fear or favor, malice or ill-will; 

    Maintain each client’s confidentiality within the limits of the law; 

​     Accept sole responsibility for my individual standard of professional performance and actions, taking every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge, competence, and professional integrity; 

    Actively seek and report the truth in the performance of my professional duties; 

    Be above reproach in the financial aspects of my relationships with clients; 

    Abide by the terms of agreements made with my clients to the best of my ability; 

    Recognize that the credential of a licensed investigator is a symbol of public trust, to be held only long as I am true to the ethics of the investigative profession. 

As an investigator I recognize that I am bound to this code of ethics and will constantly strive to maintain them, dedicating myself to my chosen profession. 


The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) provides the legal framework and foundation through which the Private Investigator industry is regulated in Washington State. Dr. Harrington is the legally designated "Principal" of Harrington Investigations, which is defined as, "the owner or manager", per RCW 18.165.010(10).

​The following RCW defines what we, as principals and private investigators, are licensed to provide. ​The term, "'private Investigator' means a person who is licensed under this chapter and is employed by a private investigator agency for the purpose of investigation, escort or bodyguard services, or property loss prevention activities." RCW 18.165.010(11) 

​RCW 18.165.010(12) states that the "'private investigator agency' means a person or entity licensed under this chapter and engaged in the business of detecting, discovering or revealing one or more of the following: 

    (a) Crime, criminals, or related information; 

    (b) The identity, habits, conduct, business, occupation, honesty,
          integrity, credibility, knowledge, trustworthiness, efficiency, loyalty,
          activity, movement, whereabouts, affiliations, associations,
          transactions, acts, reputation, or character of any person or thing; 

    (c) The location, disposition, or recovery of lost or stolen property; 

    (d) The cause or responsibility for fires, libels, losses, accidents, or
          damage or injury to persons or to property; 

    (e) Evidence to be used before a court, board, officer, or investigative

    (f) Detecting the presence of electronic eavesdropping devices; or 

    (g) The truth or falsity of a statement or representation." 

​Additionally, Dr. Harrington is certified as an, "armed private investigator", which, "means a private investigator who has a current firearms certificate issued by the commission [Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission] and is licensed as an armed private investigator under this chapter." RCW 18.165.010(1) 

Harrington Investigations is also fully insured, per RCW 18.165.100(3).