Organizational Integrity Issues for the Law Enforcement Agency

Curriculum Content Summary

Length of Course: 40 hours

Target Audience: Law enforcement executives, police chiefs, sheriffs, and command staff

Delivery System: Regional Community Policing Institutes (see map)


This training initiative was developed by RCPI-New England on behalf of the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The initiative consists of four modules designed to be offered separately or together to assist the leadership of law enforcement agencies in dealing with these pressing issues. The courses are being piloted by four of the Regional Community Policing Institutes who will maintain a Train-the-Trainer role for each topic, as well as preparing updated information to integrate into the modules in the future. By 2003, each of the RCPIs in the network will be able to offer these courses.

Racial Profiling: Issues and Dilemmas

Offered by the Institute for Public Safety Partnerships at the University of Illinois/Chicago, this one-day course will identify key areas of concern regarding racial profiling. A multi-dimensional model will be presented focusing on definitions of racial profiling, data collection and analysis, internal agency issues, and community concerns. These elements will be balanced against the pressing demands from criminal activity and laws in a democratic society. The case study method will help attendees focus on customized action steps to address racial profiling issues within their department and the community.

Citizen Complaint Intake and Investigation Issues

Offered by the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute at St. Petersburg College, this one-day course will identify the value of an open citizen complaint intake and investigation processes. A sample process will be discussed as a tool-both to design a new one for a specific department as well as reviewing and strengthening current processes. The process can be used as a leading indicator of a department's commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

Early Identification and Intervention Strategies

Offered by the Regional Community Policing Institute at Los Angeles, CA, this two-day course will discuss the definition, purposes and components of early identification and intervention systems. A process will be reviewed to identify, intervene and follow-up with officers who exhibit problematic conduct. The review of data collected by such a system will include supervisory, management and systemic organizational issues and problems. Those who attend will have an opportunity develop a strategy for implementing EIIS in their department.

Use of Force Issues in a Community Policing Environment

Offered by the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute, this one-day course will identify key areas of concern both within the law enforcement agency and the community regarding use of force issues. A multi-faceted model of inter-related components will focus discussion about use of force, including beliefs, alignment and balance, training, accountability and communication, and leadership with integrity. The case study method will allow attendees to identify action steps for their own departments to implement the recommended model.