Event Detail2018-08-04T15:43:11+00:00
Seminar Title

Internal Affairs, Citizen Complaints and Officer Discipline

Dates of Events

11/27/2018 through 11/29/2018

Last Updated: 10/09/2018
Instructor(s): Lou Reiter
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites - 619 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904
Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites - 619 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33904
Course Registration Fee: $350
Instructor Bio
Lou Reiter currently is a police consultant. He offers three (3) separate professional services to the law enforcement community. He provides training to police groups in the high liability areas of use of force, emergency vehicle operations, high risk operations, investigations of citizen complaints, Internal Affairs procedures, investigation of critical incidents, and liability management. He will normally conduct 15-20 of these programs ranging from 2 hours to 5 days in length. The primary seminars are a 2-1/2 day program on Internal Affairs and Police Discipline and a 5 day program on investigation of police use of force incidents.

Each year, Lou also conducts an average of 5-10 agency management audits and liability assessments. These have been for state, county and municipal police operations. The size of these agencies has been from 3 persons to 39,000 employees. These audits allow him to be in police cars up to 100 hours each year. He has been a consultant on 8 U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, investigations of agencies involving patterns and practices of Constitutional violations. He was selected as a Federal Court monitor for the Consent Decree of Colln v. Ventura County Sheriff's Department, CA.

Lou provides litigation consultation to attorney firms involved in police civil actions. Since 1983, Lou has been retained in over 1100 such cases in nearly every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This has been on both sides of the table with approximately 60 percent being for plaintiffs.

Lou Reiter was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981. During that tenure he had 22 different assignments and rose through to ranks to retire as Deputy Chief of Police. About 70 percent of his time was spent in uniformed operations while the bulk of the remainder was in Internal Affairs, use of force review, training and personnel administration.

Lou has been published throughout his professional career. He was one of the principle researchers and authors of the 1973 Police Task Force Reportof the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Standards and Goals, where he authored the chapters on Internal Discipline, Training and Management-Employee Relations. Reiter has recently authored the 3rd Edition Law Enforcement Administrative Investigations guide: A Manual for Citizen Complaints, Administrative Investigations and Internal Affairs which will be provided to seminar participants.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Introduction: The current state of misconduct potential in law enforcement around the country elements of a reasonable Internal Affairs or Professional Standards complaints about police misconduct systems.

Foundation for the system: Importance of firm definitions of what constitutes a complaint and what is of Conduct Unbecoming allegations.

Gateway to the system: Issues of complaint complaints of public perceived hindrances, hurdles and forms of complaint forms and public successful techniques for complaint a viable option for our most common type of complaint.

Administrative issues: Maintenance of of purging of confidentiality of issues of dealing with investigations when there is a real potential of criminal conduct.

Investigative control measures: Standards of care critical points which affect investigations when to call in another agency importance of planning your investigation evaluating the complaint organizing your investigation why you may need to learn current standards use of a standard case folder system supervisory control methods administrative searches chemical testing use of polygraph and other tools.

Administrative interviews: Steps before you interview anyone the necessity to do detailed planning before you actissues of recording the interview general interview techniques handling common problems dealing with the accused employee living successfully under an Officers Bill of Rights understanding and working within Garrity and compelled statements successful interviews in the presence of victim and employee representatives.

Code of Silence: Is it real and should we acknowledge it consequences of the Code dealing with it in a reasonable manner.

Adjudication and Discipline: Administrative insight as a foundation for you decisions should we publish our outcomes?...Creating reasonable and defensible employee discipline formalize the burden of proof your agency will use where discipline charges can come from what the pre-disciplinary hearing is and isn't most common defenses to employee discipline how to handle resignations and retirements in lieu of discipline the discipline matrix developing last chance agreements.

What are these cases and what affect they have on agency operations new directions in investigative practices and relationships with prosecutors protecting yourself and agency from liability issues of truthfulness and continued employment investigative approaches.

Why such a system is important precursors which should alert supervisors to potential problem employees minimal criteria for such a system examples of up and running systems benefits and detriments of an early warning system.

Employee involved domestic misconduct: The significant difference between criminal and administrative violations the need for an administrative policy more expansive than criminal sanctions agency response to the domestic incident supervisory support tools for our employees further employment actions.

Sexual misconduct: Current state of the problem in law enforcement essential policies to have in place specific investigative techniques and tools essential tools for field supervision and control.

Fraternization and nepotism: What are these issues and what is the potential affect within an agency necessity for the development of a realistic policy to cover common operational and morale issues.

Social media issues with police employees: Nature of the current problem need for a written policy what are reasonable forms of oversight and sanctions.

Staff inspections of critical tasks: What is a staff inspections what critical tasks should be inspected and what frequency who should conduct these overviews biopsy of typical inspections.

Pending challenges for police agencies: External review or oversight what is it and what it isn't what causes communities to react forms of external review the future of police external review overview of the U.S. Department of Justice and other agreements with local agencies.

Use of force field investigations: Reporting use of force incidents, making them professional and scientific issues regarding the graphic matrix models why and how a use of force report can help your agency a realistic field supervisory investigation role of IA in the use of force reporting system.

Pro-active administrative enforcement of misconduct: What it is and how to do it you may be doing it and just don't know it.

Emergency provisions: Issues which might give rise to the necessity for using these provisions essential supervisory tools you need to have in place dealing with intoxicated employees viable options your agency should have available special considerations when using psychological services.