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Provides an understanding of the aspects/issues relating to officer misconduct, IA investigations, and the agency discipline process.

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TOPIC: The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the various aspects and issues relating to officer misconduct, internal affairs investigations, and the agency discipline process. An effective officer discipline process requires a credible investigation conducted without bias and in accordance with professional practices, agency policy, and current laws. This class delivers useful information for evaluating agency policies and procedures, as well as for defining the role of the agency chief executive, the internal affairs investigator, and police unions in the discipline process.

Concepts such as causes of officer misconduct, administration of positive (corrective rather than punitive) discipline, the impact of labor laws and the role of police unions, the impact of court decisions and state/federal laws on the discipline process, management of internal affairs investigations, and management of the internal affairs process will all be discussed.

After taking this training, participants will be able to:

• Employ a systematic method to assemble a case file and conduct an investigation

• Understand the critical importance of establishing an effective complaint acceptance process

• Understand the difference between rules of engagement for administrative and criminal investigations, and why a "wall of separation" is necessary during IA investigations

• Assess the value of an agency's early warning/identification process to proactively identify and address potential problems

• Understand the investigation of a police shooting or in-custody death, and the internal affairs investigator's role

• Understand the different types of misconduct cases and their impact on the internal affairs process

▪ Learn about recent legal decisions affecting internal affairs investigations

TARGET AUDIENCE: All members of the criminal justice and legal community. Training is especially valuable for internal affairs investigators and command and supervisory personnel in the law enforcement discipline who may be involved in the investigation or discipline of law enforcement or correctional personnel.

INSTRUCTOR: Rick Courtemanche has been a practicing attorney in the State of Florida for 30 years and has over 20 years of experience in public records. Mr. Courtemanche served 15 years as Assistant City Attorney/Police Legal Advisor to the Tallahassee Police Department, providing advice and counsel to the Department on public records. He currently serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Florida Bar, where his primary responsibility is to coordinate the Bar’s responsibility to respond to request for records from members and the public.

Mr. Courtemanche has lectured on a variety of subjects nationally on behalf of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Executive Institute, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Savant Learning Systems, the Florida Records Management Association, and Training Force USA. He has also lectured for Daytona State College, Tallahassee Community College, as well as several Police Departments and Sheriff’s Offices throughout Florida.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Class starts at 1:00 PM Sharp – and ends at 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

COST: $199.00 per person

LOCATION: Online Zoom Meeting

(Class materials and a Zoom Link will be sent out one week prior to the class)


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3681 Loma Farm Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309

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Cancellations and Substitutions:

• Upon submission of this registration, participants are responsible for payment of this course. At the discretion of Training Force USA, credit for the amount paid may be issued toward a future course. Please note that if you do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.

• Substitutions may be made at any time by phone, e-mail or online at the registration site.

QUESTIONS: Phone: 850-251-1223 E-mail: cpichard@trainingforceusa.com


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