Today, law enforcement is being challenged in its ability to investigate employee misconduct allegations. State legislation and local governing bodies are taking the Internal Affairs out of our hands and creating new investigative bodies in local government. State Legislatures are affecting licensing, bargaining rights and transparency of investigative results. The media is cashing in on this new mass of employee discipline information.
The integrity of our agency is the foundation of our license to reasonably and professionally police the community. The police are given Constitutional rights to use force upon and deprive a person’s liberty that no other group in America has been given. It’s our responsibility to ensure that our policing meets the legal, ethical and humane exercise of those rights. We effectively do that through policing ourselves. Police must police the police! If we fail, we relinquish that authority to someone outside our agency. We also have a duty to ensure that our employees are treated fairly, reasonably and with due regard to his/her rights. If we fail to fulfill this responsibility, no one in our community benefits.
This webinar will address the essentials necessary to setup a reasonable and effective IA/OPS operation. It will delve into these seven (7) essential elements:
- Need for a unit or person
- Intake of complaints
- Investigative protocols
- Adjudication and discipline options
- Maintenance of investigative files
- Annual audit requirement.