Internal Affairs Complaint Investigations

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 NEWLY EXPANDED 3-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.  Instructors for the course are:  Marylee Abrams, Attorney-at-Law and Chief Don Abbott, Former Director of Public Safety, City of Fridley.

This training is approved for 24 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, 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
(Includes updated case citations and case studies).  

Data Practices and the IA Process
Workplace Searches

Brady / Giglio Issues
Free Speech and Social Media

Class Scheduled:
Date:  June 28-30, 2016
Location:  New Brighton, MN -- New Brighton Department of Public Safety

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If you are interested in hosting an "Internal Affairs Investigations" training at your agency or for more information about this course, contact Bill Micklus at or 651-287-7443.