Internal Affairs

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  • Mobile Forensics in Internal Affairs Investigations

    Just like social media posts, mobile device content can affect your credibility as a witness in court, and your usage habits can affect the public’s perception of your professionalism. Strong policies, procedures, and training can help both officers and...

    Article • October 1st, 2013

  • United States of America v. Larry Wright

    Sworn deputies, restricted to working as corrections officers in prisons, may not have the same legal protections as deputies providing day to day "normal" law enforcement services.

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • Ethically Speaking – Just for the Cops?

    Let’s look at an episode that has blown ethics completely out of the water for the whole country and probably the world: Jerry Sandusky's molesting of young boys and the in-action of Pennsylvania State University staff to notify the police of his...

    Article • November 13th, 2012

  • Roid Rage - No Good Reason

    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...

    Article • August 8th, 2012

  • Police & Domestic Violence, Pt 2

    Budgets for law enforcement are down. Funding for new initiatives is not as fruitful as they once were.

    Article • September 9th, 2010

  • Jean-Baptiste v Gutierrez

    In any situation reasonableness must be definitive. What the circumstances are, the seriousness of the offense, and the danger an offender may take on innocent citizens or fellow officers.

    Article • December 21st, 2010

  • Ga. Chief Fires Lieutenant for Alleged Insubordination

    The embattled Chattahoochee Hills police chief fired his second in command, after an investigation into charges the officer was insubordinate.

    Article • September 4th, 2010

  • Idaho Officer Investigated in Fatal Shooting of Dog

    Filer Officer Tarek Hassani was placed on administrative leave after the shooting death of a dog.

    News • February 12th, 2014

  • The Travesty of a Free Cup of Joe

    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.

    Article • June 27th, 2013

  • Florida Police Officer Slams Woman into Car, Goes to Jail

    A veteran cop was fired and charged with criminal battery after officers reviewed a video of him slamming a woman into her car in Pensacola, Fla. "We have certain expectations of our police officers, and when I looked at the video, I was disappointed...

    Video • August 22nd, 2012

  • Rochin v. California: What Shocks the Conscience

    Have you ever wondered what the origin was of the "Shocks the conscience" standard so often cited by trainers, instructors and the courts?

    Article • January 30th, 2012

  • Hot Pursuit and Tunnel Vision

    I have been teaching pursuit policy training and this case automatically got my attention. One thing we speak on is tunnel vision.

    Article • November 30th, 2011

  • City of San Diego v. John Roe

    Roe took steps to link the San Diego Police Department to his business which would affect the police department in an adverse way.

    Article • September 26th, 2011

  • NOPD Cop Fired for Breaking Rules in Fatal Chase

    A New Orleans police officer was fired Wednesday for breaking several department rules in a January pursuit of a driver that lead to a fatal crash, according to a police news release.

    News • September 1st, 2011

  • IA: Mary Hancock v. Chief Mike Baker

    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.

    Article • August 31st, 2011

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