Internal Investigations A Practitioner’s Approach
Author: Frank A Colaprete
Publishers: Charles C Thomas
Publication Date: 2007
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Throughout the history of law enforcement, the internal investigation process has held the most negative connotation of any investigation conducted by law enforcement personnel. As we progress through the new millennium, the need for efficient and effective law enforcement services and practices grows ever more critical. The goal of this book is to demonstrate this need for proper and complete internal investigations, and to teach the entry level and tenured police supervisor the form and function of the internal investigations process. The text selectively focuses on the purposes and practical implications of internal investigations and the pitfalls. The goal is to guide students and professionals through definitions, terminology, legal and labor issues, case law, techniques and procedures, critical and special investigations, including issues in administrative and civil claims. The reader will find a model for conducting internal investigations of police personnel that will allow a police supervisor or commander to perform investigations in a thorough, ethical, legal, and equitable manner. This book will meet the needs of attorneys who litigate cases involving allegations of police misconduct as well as representatives of collective bargaining groups who represent police personnel in similar actions. The text ends with the offering of evidence identification, evaluation and collection, case review processes, risk management, training and managing internal investigators, and the future trends in internal investigations.
"As a cop for over 15 years and having been through three internal investigations, where I was exonerated on all three, I felt I should have had a more in depth knowledge about the whole process. Dr Colaprete's book is exactly what every cop and supervisor should be reading. This book covers all the aspects of the internal affairs process in a way that no other book, reading or periodical does or can do. An outstanding resource that will give cops peace of mind when an internal investigation is being conducted. Thanks again Frank." Mike Burns, Police Officer, upstate New York.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by Dr. Richard C.
1. The Purposes and
Practical Implications of Internal Investigation
2. Pitfalls of Conducting Internal Investigations
3. Ethics and Leadership
4. Police Officer Stress
5. Definitions and Terminology
6. Legal and Labour Issues
7. Investigative Techniques and Procedures
8. Incident Investigations: Crimes and Use-of-force
9. Critical Incident Investigations: Deadly Physical Force and In-Custody Death
10. Special Investigations
11. Issues in Administrative and Civil Claims Investigations
12. Evidence Identification, Evaluation, and Collection,
13. Case Investigation Summary and Package
14. Case Review Process
15. Risk Management
16. Training and Managing Internal Investigators
17. Future Trends in Internal Investigations
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