A Look at Police Internal Affairs
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The paper provides a brief history of the internal affairs department of the police and looks at complaints initiated by the citizens and those initiated by the police bureau. The paper describes the investigations by the internal affairs and includes a look at the notification of the subject, the selection of the investigator, the type of investigation and the findings of the investigation. The paper examines the role of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), the responsibilities of the commanders and the supervisors, the formal and informal investigations and the potential outcomes of complaints that include discipline and decertification.
From the Paper:"In the 19th and 20th century, cases of defiance by police officers were either dealt in informal terms by the various police departments or were completely ignored ( Jolin & Gibbons, 1984). The increasing concern from the community as well as the demand of accountability for the police agency reached its turning point in the 1960s. This lead to the formation of the Federal Civil Rights Legislation coupled with civil disobedience with an aim of pushing the issues of police brutality and cases of excessive force to the general national administration. The outcome were congressional hearings as well as reports that recommended for the improvement of police-community relations through appropriate drafts and actions. The drafts were adopted by the entire national criminal justice system. This lead to the formation of the "Internal Affairs" departments mandated with the investigation of cases of misconducts as well as police brutality. The epitome of police misconduct and brutality was observed nationally during the Miami racial unrests that took place in the 1980s (JET,1990). These cases of disturbances lead the public to demand for accountability and an independent review of internal investigation of misconduct by police. These moves were further reinforced by the creation of civilian oversight of various police organizations.From that point onwards, it has become the policy of all law enforcement agencies irrespective of their sizes to investigate all allegations of misconduct by their employees. The generated reports must never be ignored by the police executives."
Sample of Sources Used:
- American Civil Liberties Union (June,2009). The Crisis Inside Police Internal Affairs. Available online at http://www.aclu-nj.org/downloads/060409IA2.pdf
- Arkansas State Police (2000), Disciplinary Matters, Arkansas State Police FieldOperations Policy and Procedure Manual, Chapter 5, pp. 1-15.
- Digman,J (2004).Internal Affairs. Available online at http://www.cji.edu/papers/INTERNAL%20AFFAIRS.pdf
- Human Rights Watch (1998).Disciplinary Action. Available online at http://www.columbia.edu/itc/journalism/cases/katrina/Human%20Rights%20Watch/uspohtml/uspo28.htm
- JET (1990). "Miami Cop Who Killed Two Blacks And Incited Riot Guilty of Manslaughter" in JET Magazine. Available online at http://bit.ly/hghLk5
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