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Seminar Title:  
Investigating Citizen Complaints & Officer Misconduct for Supervisors

DATES:  6/1/2020 through 6/3/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Steven Kellams

LOCATION:  Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy - 1200 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA  24504

HOTEL:  Courtyard Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA  1-434-846-7900
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Steven Kellams is a Captain and field training expert for the Bloomington Police Department. Captain Kellams attended Indiana University from 1987 to 1991. In 1989 he graduated from the Indiana University Police Academy. In 1991 he was hired by the Bloomington Police Department and was assigned to night shift. During that time he has been a breath-test operator, bike patrol officer, field training officer, senior field training officer, and field training manager. He has also served the department as Civil Disturbance Unit Commander and Special Investigations Unit Commander. He is currently assigned as the Detective Division Commander.

In 2000 Captain Kellams was instrumental in redesigning the field training program for the Bloomington Police Department and has taught that program to hundreds of departments throughout Indiana and the United States. He has also instructed on field training issues at the national level when he presented courses at the 2002, 2009, 2010, and 2011 National Association of Field Training Officers conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Denver, Colorado; and Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2000 Captain Kellams was elected state director for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Field Training Officers. In 2005 he was elected to the Executive Board of the National Association of Field Training Officers and in 2008 he was the National President of NAFTO.

In 2005 Captain Kellams was named Monroe County Officer of the Year for his work with the Bloomington Police Departments Field Training Program. Captain Kellams is a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy training instructor and teaches courses in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, domestic violence, officer safety, firearms, civil disturbance, and field training.


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Course Objectives

Each law enforcement agency is responsible for having an effective and professional process for investigations of complaints made against its officers and employees.  Supervisors assigned to investigate such must insure that all internal investigations are handled in a prompt, fair & impartial manner.  The public, the accused officer and Agency Leadership expect supervisors/investigators to effectively deal with performance and/or misconduct incidents.  Misconduct investigations are unlike most other investigations and require a fact-finding approach and transparency in order to retain the public’s confidence and trust.  A police agency must demonstrate to the public and its members that only the highest ethical standards of law enforcement will be practiced by the agency and that the investigation of complaints follow established professional standards.  Immediate and proper intervention of potential employee performance or misconduct incidents, at the appropriate level, serves to promote morale within the agency and promotes interaction and support of the community.

Seminar Goals:

  1. Attendees will learn the importance of ethical standards for persons assigned to conduct internal investigations of its officers and core values associated with the proper handling of all internal investigations.

  2. Attendees will learn about the impact of internal investigations on officers’ conduct and ethical decision-making

  3. Attendees will learn the differences between performance matters and serious misconduct and the supervisor’s role in handling such incidents.

  4. To inform the attendees of the importance of an open, unbiased and responsive complaint intake process and their impact on the process.

  5. To define the different types of reviews involving internal reviews of alleged misconduct (complaint review, inquiry, investigation) and achieve the objectives of personnel investigations.

  6. To acquaint attendees regarding the interviewing techniques associated with internal investigations.

  7. The attendee will learn the differences in interviewing civilians, witness officers and subject officers.

  8. The attendee will also learn the difference between an interview and an interrogation.

  9. To inform the attendees of union contract rights and Law Enforcement Officer Bill of Rights and their applicability to internal complaints/investigations.

  10. To inform attendees about the constitutional limitations of taking compelled statements from public employees or regarding work-place searches in both the administrative and criminal settings and provide recommendations for agency policy/practices.

  11. To acquaint the attendees with the Weingarten doctrine, regarding the right to union representation, and its applicability to speaking to employees about potential misconduct matters.

  12. To acquaint the attendees about the benefits of Early Intervention Systems as well as other effective proactive measures that can reduce incidents of misconduct within their agencies.

  13. To inform the attendees about their personal exposure and liabilities for failing to effectively manage and investigate their personnel.

  14. To inform attendees about the legal considerations, particularly for supervisors/managers, when dealing with complaints of discrimination or sexual harassment.

  15. To acquaint attendees with the seven profiles of criminal sexual misconduct involving law enforcement personnel and how to recognize and address this phenomenon.

 


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