Internal Affairs Complaint Investigations

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Improperly conducted investigations can damage morale, destroy community trust, and lead to costly civil suits.  The laws governing administrative investigations are significantly different from those that govern criminal investigations. Policies and procedures need to take into account constitutional law, state law, privacy laws, employment law, union contract law and the Peace Officers Bill of Rights.

This two-day course is designed to give officers assigned to internal affairs investigations the knowledge and skills they need to conduct fair, thorough and impartial investigations. (Including newly updated case citations).  This training is approved for 16 MN POST Credits.

Training Content:

  • Accepting Concerns and Complaints
  • Sorting (Administrative Responsibility, Forms of Liability, Assigning Investigations, Delaying Investigations, Failure to Intervene, Supervisory Implications)
  • The Legal Framework (The Constitution, Criminal Codes, Federal Case Law, Employment Law, Union Contracts, Labor Law, Department Policy, Applicable State Statutes, Garrity Procedures, Loudermill Requirements, Weingarten Rules)
  • Interviews: How to Conduct a Successful Interview, The Process, Applicable Warnings, Mechanics Content and Avoiding Common Pitfalls, The IA Report: Content, Fact Presentation, Format and how it directly relates to your policy.
  • The Discipline Process (Rules of Conduct, Elements of Just Cause, Court Review Standards)

The Course includes an IA Manual and CD with over 90 cases and 30 forms
(Updated case citations and case studies).  

Data Practices and the IA Process
Workplace Searches

Brady / Giglio Issues
Free Speech and Social Media

*If you are interested in hosting an "Internal Affairs Investigations" training at your agency, please give us a call.  We would be happy to come to you.  For more information contact Bill Micklus at or 651-287-7443.