Internal Affairs Investigations
(3 Day Course)

This course is designed to give officers who are assigned to manage internal affairs cases the knowledge and tools necessary to conduct fair, impartial and timely investigations. Training that goes beyond criminal investigative methods is needed for Internal Affairs due to the overlap with labor law, human resources and labor contract issues. Course content:

  • Guarding the public trust
  • Accepting and sorting concerns and complaints
  • The legal framework: the Constitution, criminal codes, federal case law, employment law, union contracts, labor law, department policy, applicable state statutes, Police Officer Bill of Rights
  • Garrity procedures, Loudermill requirements, Weingarten rules
  • Structured case planning
  • Interviews: how to conduct a successful interview, applicable warnings, content, and avoiding common pitfalls
  • Data practices
  • Workplace searches
  • Free speech and social media
  • Writing the investigation report: content, fact presentation, format, and how it directly relates to policy
  • Discipline process: rules of conduct, elements of just cause, court review standards

Course materials include an IA Manual and CD with current cases and investigative templates (with updated case citations and case studies).

This training is approved for 24 MN POST Credits.

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.

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