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NCJ Number: 76550 Find in a Library
Title: Internal Affairs Unit - The Policeman's Friend or Foe (From Critical Issues in Law Enforcement, P 147-155, 1981, Harry W More, Jr, ed. - See NCJ-76546)
Author(s): L Territo; R L Smith
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The development and establishment of the Tampa (Fla.) Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) is discussed.
Abstract: The IAU is an administrative tool which may be used by the chief administrator to make plain through sanctions his intolerance to employee misconduct, but also allows the police agency to defend the lawful and proper conduct of employees in the performance of their duties. In 1974, the Tampa Police Department's IAU was created to conduct internal investigations of alleged police misconduct. Clear-cut and comprehensive guidelines were established concerning the rights of law enforcement officers while under investigation, representation on complaint review boards, civil suits brought by law enforcement officers, notice of disciplinary action, and retaliation for exercising rights. The selection process for personnel to staff the IAU concentrated on six factors: personnel had to volunteer to serve in the IAU; they had to possess a high degree of investigative skill; they had to have excellent reputations among their peers and supervisors for integrity and overall performance as police officers; they had to become totally familiar with State statutes, department policies, and procedures related to internal investigations; they had to be proficient in interviewing and interrogation techniques; and they had to possess a knowledge and understanding of the local communities' ethnic minorities. Personnel serving on the IAU were rotated. Polygraphs are used only after a complete investigation fails to adequately obtain all of the facts needed. An officer refusing to submit to such a polygraph test may be dismissed. The IAU issues monthly statistics of IAU activities, conducts new employee orientation about the IAU, and has conducted in-service employee orientation.
Index Term(s): Civil liability; Interview and interrogation; Investigations; Police internal affairs; Police internal investigations; Police internal organizations; Police legal limitations; Police personnel; Polygraphs
Note: Reprinted from Police Chief, V 43, July 1976.
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