Randy Rider has been employed as a law enforcement officer for 32 years. He is still an active law enforcement officer serving in the capacity of training and internal affairs. Over the course of his career he has conducted hundreds of investigations concerning abuse, neglect, and use of force by police and corrections officers.
Lieutenant Rider was elected president of the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association in May of 2005. The association has a members employed in agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Lieutenant Rider is also a national instructor for the Public Agency Training Council, Indianapolis, Indiana.
A simple cup of joe can become a nightmare that will tear down a department. Public relations will be destroyed and some heads may roll. It’s better to avoid all the potential problems by simply paying for the cup of coffee in the first place.
Beginning in the mid to late 1990’s and early 2000’s things began to change as the baby boomers became older. Department budgets increased, overtime pay, comp time, or vacations were allowed. Trends are for police departments to hire young officers...
Before September 11, several police officers and I went to Germany and worked with the Polizei. We checked into Hartsfield international airport and walked to our gate. We sat there without a care. No worries about airport safety. No security to speak of...
In any case the CEO must make sure that the investigating authority has a copy of the department’s policy and procedures and has a good understanding of them. Once this is accomplished you can have a fair and impartial investigation.
As the Chief or Sheriff of an agency, how you handle all questions / investigations of integrity plays a large role in how the public views the agency you lead. It's imperative that your leadership approach be as "by the book" as possible.