The National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents (NAFRA) is the trade organization for the bail bond fugitive recovery industry in the United States.
Our roots date back to 1986 when the National Association of Bail Enforcement Agents (NABEA) was founded by a group of industry veterans that saw the need at the national level for professional standards and representation with lawmakers, regulators and the media.
In 2014 the National Association of Fugitive Recovery Agents and the National Association of Bail Enforcement Agents merged into one organization (the NAFRA). The association plays a vital role in protecting the future of the industry by managing public relations to ensure that the media and lawmakers are provided balanced and accurate information.
While bail bond fugitive recovery is a for profit business, the professionals in this industry provide a public service apprehending an estimated 30,000 fugitives each year which greatly contributes to the efficient operation of the criminal justice system and public safety.
The majority of our members come from a military, law enforcement, security or investigations background.
In 2017 we conducted an operational review to determine how to better serve our members and the industry. Thereafter, the SkipNet Directory was created to assist bail bond companies with locating fugitive recovery agents across the nation. Additionally, an apprentice category of membership was established to allow those that are looking to enter the profession to join and receive a listing in the directory for their state with an apprentice designation notated on their listing. The benefit of the SkipNet Directory to aspiring fugitive recovery agents is that it provides valuable exposure that can help connect them with experienced fugitive recovery agents for the purpose of mentoring. Apprentice members are issued member registration numbers that begin with the letter A. Member registration numbers are recorded under the member profile in our national registry and listed on the certificate of membership and the photo member registration card.