The Internal Affairs course is designed to provide you with a better understanding of an internal investigation as an investigator or an employee under investigation.
• Are you interested in becoming an IA investigator?
• Do you know your rights should you become the subject of an Internal Affairs Investigation?
• Are you concerned about how your fellow officers will react to you?
• Did you know POST/TCLEOSE requires a report if you are charged with a criminal offense?
• Can your statement to Internal Affairs be used against you in a criminal case?
The course will revolve around a discussion of ethics, what it means to you, as well as the Code of Ethics and how it relates to off duty. We’ll cover what an Internal Affairs investigation consist of from start to finish. This will include samples of forms you may receive should you become the subject of an investigation. You will learn about departmental policy and how it compares to your agency. You’ll learn what most officers are investigated for, and what may take place should you be arrested. We will discuss a very important landmark case that affects your rights during an interview. We will preview and discuss use of force incidents from the perspective of investigators, and cover how an agencies use of force policy can affect the outcome. You will have an opportunity to work a mock case by reviewing a complaint and conducting interviews to determine if a violation occurred. You’ll also have an opportunity to be the employee under investigation.
Forensic Statement Analysis is a tool that is highly effective in the detection of deception in a person’s written or spoken statements. The analysis involves critically examining the word choice, structure, and content of a person’s statement to determine whether it is truthful or deceptive. As people intentionally attempt to be deceitful subconsciously they use different words, phrases, statement structure, and content in their statements. Research by experts in the fields of language, psychology and deception detection has led to the identification of these trends in language that are referred to as "linguistic signals". Using Forensic Statement Analysis you will identify these linguistic signals that differentiate deceptive statements from truthful ones as your suspect subconsciously reveals information they did not intend for you to know.
The INTERVIEW is your personal confirmation of truth or deception by means of body language, statement analysis, and micro expressions presented by the interviewee. As you assess: Are the person’s responses consistent with their answers from other areas of the investigation and documents, and are they consistent with responses from others?