International Association of Investigative Locksmiths

CFL Architectural hardware,
doors, frames, and codes
CFL-General Forensics
CFL-Safes and Vaults

IAIL Mission Statement

The mission of IAIL, as dedicated members of the security industry, to ensure professional excellence and ethics; in all of our investigations. Represent our clients with integrity and professionalism to find the truth based on the facts of our investigation.

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Share Your Forensic Cases

Division President Tom Demont invites IAIL members to submit their forensic cases for publication.

Wow — what a great class we had at SAFETECH in Lexington with “Forensics for Safe Techs!” We had 18 very eager students in the class who were excited to be using their incredible safe and vault knowledge to venture into a profitable expansion of their businesses. Earning your Certified Forensic Locksmith (CFL) credential in Safes and Vaults moves you into a different category of expert witness. If safes and vaults are not your specialty, consider either automotive or doors, frames and hardware as your CFL credential choice.

The ALOA Convention & Security Expo is in August at South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and you don’t want to miss this year’s event. Look for the new classes being offered by the education department and take advantage of the finest locksmith and forensic education offered anywhere. ALOA education is by far superior because it is truly hands-on training and not a product sales pitch. ALOA instructors are certified instructors who have gone through rigorous professional training to earn their Certified ACE Instructor (CAI) credential. These instructors are dedicated to offering you the most up-to-date information available. The IAIL classes that will be offered at this year’s conference will be taught by IAIL CAI instructors. These are practicing forensic locksmiths who take time away from their busy practice to pass along valuable information.

If you can’t make the ALOA convention this August, you still have the IAIL Forensic Conference in November. Our conference offers forensic classes that are not taught at other venues. This year, we are offering basic and advanced tool mark classes, which are being taught by world-renowned forensic tool mark expert Beta Tam, FCSFS, RL, CFL. Our interactive conference booklet will be ready soon on the ALOA website for you to download. This will give you the opportunity to sign up early for our classes.

The conference will be held November 14-16, 2019 at our training center in Dallas, TX.

Submit Forensic Articles

On another note, we are always looking for forensic investigative articles to run with our spotlight page. If you have an interesting case and would like to share it with your colleagues, please sanitize the actual case and submit an article for the enjoyment of our members. The benefit of writing an article is that it will qualify as a white paper for your CFL requirements.

IAIL merged with ALOA SPAI in 2012, and it has been wonderful to be a part of a professional group that has a qualified staff to handle the day-to-day stuff such as processing membership, planning educational events and keeping our division up to date with the latest policies and procedures.

Thank you to Executive Director Mary May and your excellent staff!

If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas, please contact Tom Demont at


President, International Association of Investigative Locksmiths.

Director: Thomas Ware, CML, CFL, CPS
Director: Beta Tam, FCSFS, RL, CFL
Director: Brian VanDenburgh, CRL, CMAL, CFL
Director: Ross Squire, ML, CFL
Director: Rick Shuford, CRL, CFL
Director: Prescott Paulhus, CRL

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International Association of Investigative Locksmiths
International Association
of Investigative Locksmiths

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