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Police Internal Affairs Investigations


DATE/TIME: see below

LOCATION: see below         ***SPACE IS LIMITED***

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Law enforcement administration is charged with the responsibility and has the authority to maintain discipline within the police department. A strong internal affairs division can boost agencies' morale and motivations, promote community interaction and assistance, and possibly curb today's increasing litigious trend. Furthermore, when this professional standards unit informs its constituents of its processes and procedures, it can contribute significantly to its agency's well-being. Citizens should be provided a fair and effective avenue for redress of their legitimate grievances against members of the department. A police agency's willingness to meet public expectations of unquestionable integrity and ethics is demonstrated by a responsive, fair internal affairs process that clearly shows its members and community its core value of integrity; however, departments also have the responsibility to protect members of their agency from false allegations. This course offers a global perspective of the internal affairs process in a systematic framework designed to provide tools for informed decisions.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Thomas Ward began his career in law enforcement in 1980 with the Dallas Police Department, where he served for 28 years. During that time, he served in a variety of supervisory and leadership roles, including nine years as the Assistant Chief of Police. For his service, he was awarded Master Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). Currently, he is the owner of Law Enforcement Seminars Training and Consulting Company and a partner in both Harvey, Ward & Associates–Training and Consulting Company and Background Solutions–Background Investigation Software Company. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and Political Science along with a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University. He has also completed the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute’s School of Supervision and Management College, Leadership Dallas, and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  This course is designed for background investigators, supervisors and human resource policy makers.



CONTACT INFORMATION: Kimberly Hendricks: at 501-570-8041.
Toll free: 1-800-635-6310.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registrants must fax a signed and dated verification letter on agency letterhead within five days of submission of the registration request form to 501-565-3081 which includes the following statement:  This letter will verify that I, (name of registrant), am an employee of (agency name) and hold the position of (sworn/non-sworn) (position title), located at (address) and have registered for (name of class) on (date).

This class is 12 hours.


May 8-9, 2017
UA Community College at Hope         
Hope, AR

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