Essay2022-04-13T17:47:17+00:00

Do you believe the current culture of American law enforcement is compatible with the current societal changes in the country? – R. Vaught – Ohio

Recent societal changes in America have come into conflict with the current culture in law enforcement.  Those conflicts have been played out in the media and social media and have created a schism between the way society views the role of law enforcement and those agency’s policies.  In order to bridge this gap, law enforcement agencies in America need to address several issues. The first area that law enforcement administrators and executives need to address is transparency.  The rise of social media has created an arena for the dissemination of material that may be biased, incomplete, or outright false.  More [...]

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Current Culture of American LE|

Pros and Cons of Outside Entity – C. Jones – Texas

As the climate facing the police changes, the public continues to look for ways to hold police more accountable for their actions. One of these ideas is should we allow the police to police the police.  This leads us to allowing others to investigate the police. There are many pros and cons in law enforcement agencies requiring misconduct investigations be conducted by an outside entity.  But before we address the pros and cons, we must clearly define “outside entity.” This could be a panel combined with civilians and police, this could be private organization not funded by the taxpayers, or [...]

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Pros and Cons - Outside Entity|

Police unions have taken a lot of blame for police misconduct during the aftermath of the George Floyd movement. Do you believe this is warranted? What are the pros and cons of union membership in police administrative investigations? -J. Nolan – Delaware

The George Floyd matter was one of the most politicized police incidents in recent history. The mishandling of the Rodney King matter in the early 1990’s and other incidents compounded Floyd. By that I mean Rodney King had enough issues to cause riots in its aftermath but not a lot of positive reform came out of it. Therefore, those people who believe the police are the root of all evil get to platform when an incident like Floyd occurs. George Floyds death has enough issues to write volumes and attack long standing problems with police administration and tactics. Unfortunately, it [...]

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Aftermath of the George Floyd Movement|

What changes in Internal Affairs protocols do you feel are necessary today with the changing environment of new employees and potential police misconduct litigation? – A. Bolinger – Tennessee

What changes in Internal Affairs protocols do you feel are necessary today with the changing environment of new employees and potential police misconduct litigation? Of course, we must evolve as law enforcement policies and procedures do.  This is critical to the success of our missions.  Our number one goal is all law enforcement officers go home safely at the end of their shifts.  If they are not safe, the public is not safe. Our new employees face a tougher challenge then the past generation of law enforcement officers.  Not only do they need to fear for their and partners lives, [...]

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Changes to IA Protocol|

Do you believe that public safety employees should be allowed representation during compelled administrative investigation interviews? – C. Chow – Georgia

I am one of the two internal affairs investigators at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. I have been in this position for almost one year. Through my experience and roughly two dozen cases that I have investigated, I do not believe there should be representation during the compelled interviews. I believe employees should be able to provide an uncoached, unfiltered, honest, and complete statement during a compelled interview. To obtain a true and unbiased statement from the employee, that statement should come from that employee alone. However, that’s not to say that employees should be blindsided during an administrative investigation [...]

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Representation During Compelled Interview?|

Public Safety Employee Representation During Interviews – J. Phillips – Illinois

The question has been posed as to whether or not public safety employees should be allowed representation during compelled administrative investigation interviews.  In looking into any question like this, I think it is important to look at it from multiple perspectives and to weigh the positives and negatives from each perspective.  In this case, most people would say there are two perspectives to look at this from; the perspective of the agency, and the perspective of the accused employee.  I believe, however, that there are no less than four perspectives when dealing with an administrative investigation of a police officer.  [...]

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Representation During Compelled Interview?|