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Date Course
April 8-10, 2019 Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations IA-101

Peoria, AZ. (Phoenix Area)

April 16-19, 2019 Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Certificate (LEIAC)™ Course # LEIA-201 Phoenix, Arizona
April 30-May 2, 2019 Introductions to Internal Affairs Investigation IA-101

Chesapeake, VA (Norfolk, VA. Area)

May 7-9, 2019 NEW COURSE! Introduction to JAIL Inspections and Audits

Phoenix, AZ.

Sept 4-6, 2019 Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations Course # IA-101  (Hamilton Township, OH) Cincinnati Area
Sept 10-12, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101 (Palm Beach, FL - Sept)
Sept 23-25, 2019 Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Training Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Oct 1-3, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101

Oklahoma City

Oct 7-10,


Introduction to Internal Affairs Investigations IA-101

Peoria, AZ. (Phoenix Area)

Oct 9-11, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101

Hamilton Township (Cincinnati Ohio Area)

Oct 16-18,


Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101

Phoenix, AZ.

Oct 21-24, 2019 Introduction to Law Enforcement Inspections and Auditing Course – LEIA-101

Palm Beach, Florida

April 3: Utah legislature passes bill banning independent civilian police review boards

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature has passed a bill banning oversight powers for independent civilian boards established to review police departments.

The Senate and House approved the bill Monday despite one of its sponsors saying it would not change current procedures.

The bill is a "pre-emptive thing" against the rise of "anti-law enforcement activist" groups in Salt Lake City, Republican Sen. Don Ipson said.

April 3: Calif. battle over use of force legislation rages on

Police One: Last year, PoliceOne published an article discussing California Assembly Bill AB 931, which was intended to enhance law enforcement officers’ accountability for the use of deadly force.

April 3: Some victims of cybercrimes weren’t notified by the FBI for months, says DOJ watchdog The FBI is sometimes delayed—by up to nine months—in notifying victims of cyber crimes, according to a new report from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General.

Link to OIG report:

April 3: DOI says NYPD is not accepting reform recommendations

New York Post: The NYPD rejected nearly 40 percent of the reforms recommended by its independent watchdog last year, according to statistics released Monday by the city Department of Investigation.

Inspector General Philip Eure issued three reports during 2018 that faulted the NYPD for failing to completely document the use of force by cops, properly staff its sex-crimes division and analyze brutality and false-arrest suits to improve policies and procedures.

But while Eure came up with 42 specific recommendations, the department rejected 16 — 11 of which involve the “use of force” reporting system that was revamped in 2016, according to the DOI.

The NYPD changed the reporting system after Eure blasted police brass for not disciplining cops who used excessive force against suspects and even innocent civilians.

April 3: Ruling prohibits police from collecting data from license plates Police in Fairfax, Virginia, will stop using a license plate database after a county judge ruled the "passive use" of the plate data violates Virginia privacy law, The Washington Post reports. The ruling is limited to the Fairfax police, who plan to appeal the decision, but it could eventually bring changes statewide. Fairfax authorities are among agencies ignoring a nonbinding opinion from the state attorney general in January 2014 that deems maintaining a plate database unlawful. Privacy advocates are against the casual use of the databases, arguing they can track a person’s movements with time and location data anytime a plate is captured by a license plate reader.

April 3: California court: Old police misconduct records are public


Law enforcement agencies in California must release police misconduct records even if the behavior occurred before a new transparency law took effect, a state court of appeals has ruled.

The 1st District Court of Appeal's decision released Friday settles for now a debate over whether records created before Jan. 1, when the law took effect, were subject to disclosure. Many police unions have sued to block the records release, while public information advocates argued the records should be disclosed.

The ruling applies to police agencies statewide, including the attorney general's office, unless another appellate court steps in and rules differently, said David Snyder of the First Amendment Coalition.

April 3: NYPD cracks down on cops accused of domestic violence

The NYPD has ordered cops with internal charges for domestic violence to receive 24 weeks of counseling as part of a series of fixes to the disciplinary system, police officials said Monday.

Police officers found to be involved in misconduct related to domestic violence will now by placed on dismissal probation, meaning they could be fired on the spot if they are caught doing it again. If they are convicted, they would face automatic firing.

March 31: Top cop admits some officers ‘look the other way’ at police misconduct

Chicago Sun Times: Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Friday made the case to keep his $260,044-a-year job even after the retirement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel — and acknowledged that some officers “look the other way” when it comes to reporting police misconduct.

“The reason it’s so difficult to change police cultures is because the leadership changes so often. Every three years you have to start over again,” Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times.

March 25: Police Body Cameras Aren't Having the Effects Many Expected

Interesting article, which comes as no surprise to those in LE.  Officers are making the most of the tool that has been provided. Lt. Dan

The most comprehensive review of research on body cameras shows that they're most often used to prosecute citizens, not police. And while they've led to fewer citizen complaints, their impact on other aspects of policing, such as use of force, is less certain.

Annual Report on the Use of Force by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) released its 2nd Annual Report on the Use of Force by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).This report provides updated statistics from our 2017 inaugural report as well as new information and statistics for 2018. OPC found that the use of force by MPD officers increased 18 percent from the number of officers who used force in 2017. Reported use of force incidents have increased 83 percent since 2015.

March 25: Houston police sergeant arrested in death of his wife

(CNN)A Houston police sergeant has been arrested in connection with the death of his wife, authorities said.

Hilario Hernandez was arrested after his wife, Belinda Hernandez, was killed Saturday, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.

Police responded to a report that the victim was found dead in a home in Pearland, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Belinda Hernandez had been shot to death, KTRK reported.

The investigation led police to issue an arrest warrant for Hilario Hernandez, who was found driving in Kingsville, Texas, about 250 miles south of Pearland.

March 25: Houston Police Chief Outlines New Policy on Use of No-Knock Raids Weeks after vowing to cut down drastically on the use of no-knock raids, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Thursday drilled down into some of the specifics of his new department policy.

March 23: LAPD audit reveals dangers of high-tech policing

Here is an article on reference the LAPD OIG report we posted last week.  Lt. Dan

(CNN) -- An audit of the Los Angeles police department is raising questions about new technologies law enforcement is using nationwide with little oversight.

Last week, the department's internal auditors, prompted by a community backlash, published online a review of the LAPD's data-driven policing strategies and recommended more transparency, consistency and oversight of the programs. Los Angeles has been a leader in using new technologies such as artificial intelligence, social networks and big data to aid police work.

March 23: 10 Tampa police officers investigated for misconduct

Fox13: The seven-month investigation revealed Laratta turned off his body camera numerous times, during special calls.

Even more troubling, investigators said Landry and Laratta would make drug stops, dispose of the drugs and would fail to document it in a police report -- two egregious TPD violations.

March 22: 2 Elkhart officers charged in beating of handcuffed man

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Two Indiana police officers who are seen on video repeatedly punching a handcuffed man were charged with a federal civil rights crime.

March 20: Cleveland sergeant accused of using police resources to contact 2,300 women

NBC: The 29-year veteran is also accused of using a police database to view personal information and pictures of two women. A Cleveland police sergeant, already charged with soliciting prostitutes, is now accused of using a police database to find out information about two women and accessing city computers to message thousands more while on the clock, according to court documents.

Michael Rybarczyk, 58, was arrested by his own colleagues and charged with three counts of unauthorized use of property, according to an indictment filed in Cuyahoga County on Monday.

March 20: With vast records of police misconduct now public, California news outlets are collaborating instead of competing

“All Californians have the right to this information. By pooling resources, we can expedite the public’s right to access misconduct and deadly use-of-force materials.”

March 20: Feds hit two indicted Chicago cops with new charges

Chicago Times: Federal prosecutors ramped up their case Wednesday against two Chicago cops already accused of using bogus information to steal cash and drugs.

A new indictment against Xavier Elizondo and David Salgado accuses the two men of a conspiracy to violate civil rights and obstruction of justice. Elizondo is also accused of trying to persuade Salgado to conceal evidence.

That’s on top of the serious charges the two officers already faced — conspiracy to commit theft and embezzlement. Salgado had also previously been accused of lying to the FBI.

March 11: Just released records show what San Diego deputies lied about and lost their jobs for

I expect we will see more of these reports coming out of CA with the new law.  Lt. Dan

San Diego Union-Tribune: A litany of misconduct is described in hundreds of pages of documents the San Diego Sheriff’s Department recently released under SB 1421, a new state law that makes public previously secret records of peace officers’ dishonesty, use of force, shooting incidents, and sustained sexual misconduct charges.

March 11: Florida Officer Spent Years Abusing Police Database to Get Dates, Authorities Say

New York Times: A former police officer in Bradenton, Fla., spent years abusing his access to sensitive information to target women for dates, according to an investigation by his former department, which interviewed nearly 150 women.

The findings of the investigation have been shared with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Chief Bevan said, and the Bradenton Police Department has improved its database auditing practices as a result.

Columbus Vice Detective arrested, accused of forcing victims to exchange sex for freedom

NBC: Ben Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, says Mitchell abused his authority as an officer of the law. “When you have a police officer who not only commits a crime but does so under color of law, under his authority as a police officer, that is an extraordinarily serious offense,” Glassman said. “That is a nightmare is breach of trust and that is a federal crime.”

Former New Orleans police chief unanimously confirmed as Baltimore's new police commissioner

BALTIMORE (AP)  Michael Harrison, 49, became acting commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department last month. He said he's eager to help transform a police department that is distrusted by many citizens.

Report: Almost No Racial Profiling By Police In California

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new report analyzing data from 2017 shows almost no racial profiling by police in California, but its already being called into question.

Read the full report here:

March 10: Parkland Shooting: Suspended Sheriff Sues Florida Governor

(AP) — The Florida sheriff who was suspended by the governor and accused of failing to prevent the Parkland school shooting filed suit Thursday seeking his job back and alleging Gov. Ron DeSantis improperly ousted him for political reasons.

Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel argues in the lawsuit that DeSantis “engineered a political power play that interferes with the right of the public to determine their elected official,” and says the governor failed to prove that Israel acted incompetently or neglected his duties.

March 10: Officer down

CBC News: Ontario’s ombudsman urged the OPP to make changes to prevent suicide among its members in 2012. Twelve officers have died by suicide since then. The Fifth Estate reveals what the OPP missed - and looks at what can be done to fix what some call a culture of bullying and harassment.

March 9: LAPD OIG Publishes Review of Data-Driven/Predictive Policing Strategies

On August 14, 2018, the BOPC adopted a motion directing the OIG to conduct a review of the LAPD’s use of three programs that utilize data to inform and drive policing strategies:

  • Operation LASER, also known as the Los Angeles Strategic Extraction and Restoration (LASER) Program, which contains both a person-based and a location-based component;
  • PredPol, a predictive policing system that is location-based; and
  • The ELUCD survey platform, which is designed to inform police departments about public sentiment on a variety of relevant topics.

The OIG reviewed the goals and strategies of each program and assessed any available data about how the program was actually operating, including its potential impact on people and communities.

Link to Report:

March 9: Advisory-Oakland Coalition Calls for the Ouster of Police Chief

Oakland, CA.-On Thursday, March 121st at 12:30 pm, the Coalition for Police Accountability, comprising more than 25 groups and individuals, will hold a press conference in front of City Hall calling on Federal Compliance Director, Robert Warshaw, to fire Police Chief Kirkpatrick based on his own findings in the police shooting death of Joshua Pawlik, according to the East Bay Times, “she went light on cops who made serious errors and ignored a key piece of evidence, according to internal documents released Wednesday.”

March 8: Ex-Glendale (CA) detective who helped gang members, an Orange County resident, sentenced to federal prison

LA Daily News: An ex-Glendale police detective who took bribes from the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime in exchange for information and then lied to investigators about his criminal connections was sentenced Friday to nearly two years in federal prison.

March 7: L.A. County deputies claim abuse by an East L.A. sheriff’s station ‘gang’

LA Times: The allegations are the latest for a department that has struggled for years to address numerous examples of secretive, gang-like deputy societies accused of committing abuses against inmates, fellow deputies and while on patrol. In July last year, then-Sheriff Jim McDonnell launched what he said would be a comprehensive study of deputy cliques after The Times revealed that a Compton station deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a black man had testified that he and as many as 20 of his colleagues had matching skull tattoos.

March 7: Ex-police Officer Nouman Raja convicted in fatal shooting of black motorist Corey Jones

NBC: Nouman Raja, 41, could face life in prison in the 2015 killing of Corey Jones, a musician. The Palm Beach Gardens officer was fired less than a month after the shooting. He has been on house arrest since he was charged in 2016, and is to be sentenced on April 26.

March 6: Retired Baltimore officer charged with planting gun near suspect, telling witness to lie

USA Today: A Baltimore police officer is accused of planting a BB gun near the body of a man struck by a police vehicle and left injured on the ground, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The officer later told a witness to lie about what unfolded, authorities say.

Keith Allen Gladstone, a former Baltimore police sergeant, is charged with witness tampering, along with conspiring to deprive the man of his civil rights and impeding an investigation, U.S. Attorney Robert Hur announced Tuesday.

March 5: Bill would require all law enforcement officers in Maine to wear body cameras

The bill, LD 636, is sponsored by State Senator Susan Deschambault.

The bill would require that, beginning January 1, 2021, every law enforcement agency in Maine will require its officers to wear body cameras.

March 5: Ex-sheriff admits taking bribes; could get 15-year sentence

AP: TOLEDO, Ohio – An Ohio sheriff who resigned amid an FBI investigation has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from people arrested in prostitution and gambling stings.

Authorities say former Allen County sheriff Sam Crish also took $50,000 from someone who was later hired to work at the county jail.

March 5: Former Haywood County detective charged with drug trafficking, breaking and entering

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (FOX CAROLINA) -- A former Haywood County deputy accused of taking items from the department's evidence room now faces charges related to accusations of breaking and entering and drug trafficking, according to an indictment.

March 3: L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Ordered to Turn in Gun and Badge After Rehiring Sparks Outcry

KTLA: Los Angeles County officials have moved to reverse the controversial reinstatement of a deputy who worked as a campaign aide to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, a personnel decision that could exacerbate tensions between the county’s newly elected top cop and its governing body, the Board of Supervisors.

March 1: Chicago police reform: Former federal prosecutor, judge appointed to monitor reforms

CHICAGO (WLS) -- In a surprising one-two punch, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Dow has selected a pair of prominent criminal justice experts to oversee sweeping reforms at the Chicago Police Department.

On Friday afternoon, Dow named Maggie Hickey, a former federal prosecutor and Illinois executive inspector general, as independent monitor of Chicago's reform consent decree.

March 1: Judge Rules Public Should See Police Discipline Records

Superior Court Judge Eddie Sturgeon said eight local police departments must release information about officer misconduct and use of force investigations.

The new state law, Senate Bill 1421, took effect January 1, 2019. It requires law enforcement agencies to release the details about serious wrongdoing by officers and the findings of some internal investigations.

But last month labor unions representing San Diego, Carlsbad and Coronado police officers, the Harbor police, and the San Diego Unified School District police asked a judge to halt the release details of any officer discipline that happened before the law took effect.

March 1: Alameda County (CA) vote to overhaul controversial Urban Shield police training program Alameda County supervisors voted Tuesday to overhaul the controversial Urban Shield law enforcement training program run by the sheriff’s office, stripping the annual conference — attended by agencies throughout the Bay Area — of trainings that police say were vital.

The move eliminates SWAT deployment exercises and the event’s vendor show, which showcases law-enforcement gadgets and weaponry, among other things.

Sheriff Gregory Ahern warned that the changes could violate the terms of the agency’s grant funding — worth $5 million — and lead to the unraveling of the entire Urban Shield conference.

March 1: Monitor: Seattle police contract may jeopardize compliance

Q13 Fox News: The Seattle Times reports court-appointed monitor Merrick Bobb’s Thursday suggestion stands in contrast with views of city and federal attorneys who haven’t raised the contract as a potential impediment to the agreement.

Feb 28: Martinsville Police chief charged with theft added extra sick days

Long is accused of adding more than 70 hours to his "sick bank" in 2016 to exceed the maximum number of hours an officer can accrue before the person is paid for additional sick days, according to the affidavit. Long was ultimately paid about $1,530 — an amount authorities say he wasn't entitled to.

February 27: Denver SD Beyond Reform Report 2018

Denver Sheriff Dept: In August of 2014, Mayor Michael B. Hancock ordered a top-to-bottom review of the Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) to support reform. Nine months later, the Mayor appointed an executive team to manage the implementation of over 400 recommendations that were advanced as a result of the review.

For LEIAG members this report is posted on the LEIAG website and

February 27: Former Sheriff's Office employee accused of falsifying accounts and conspiracy, enters plea News Video:According to court documents, Rock, along with another man, Steven Snyder, is accused of falsifying, altering and modifying documentation of various payments ranging from $30 to $400 during his time on the Harrison County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes & Drugs (SCAD Unit). Some of these falsified documents concerned payments to confidential informants. News Video:

February 27: Seattle police sign contract with Army in hopes of more recruits

Police One: The agreement will connect soldiers to the PD for job interviews after they leave the Army

February 27: Before heroin overdose, Baltimore officer went for intervention at police wellness office

Police One: The officer had been using drugs throughout the day with his girlfriend before overdosing on heroin and dying.

Feb 27: California keeps a secret list of criminal cops, but says you can’t have it

Mercury News: Attorney General warns reporters it’s illegal to possess list of thousands of cop convictions.

Sept 26: 5 Chicago Police Officers Died By Suicide Since July. Is The Department Doing Enough?

NPR: The police department is unable to provide historic numbers on officer suicides, said Guglielmi, the police spokesman. But the U.S. Department of Justice found that between 2013 and 2015, CPD had a suicide rate up to 60 percent higher than the national average for law enforcement officers.  Police department leaders said they're taking big steps to address the issue, but former officers and some mental health professionals are asking whether the city is doing enough, and whether it's focused on the right problems.

Feb 26: Utah Threatening To Strip Brigham Young University Police Force Of Its Authority

NPR: Utah wants to decertify the police force at Brigham Young University. The move comes as the result of legal action related to an investigation into a sexual assault allegation by as student in 2016.

A BYU student claimed she was sexually assaulted off campus, not by another student. The woman said that her allegation was never adequately investigated, and that ultimately led the state to step in and examine what happened.

Feb 26: Think you could handle being an FBI special agent? Now is your chance

News5CLEVELAND — News Video: Recruiting is not normally something the FBI has to do, but in a tight job market, a new push to recruit special agents is underway.

Feb 26: Local law enforcement having a hard time finding applicants

BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) – News Video: The upcoming police exam is drawing a historically low number of applicants for the six law enforcement agencies participating.

For Bellevue, pay starts around $48,000 a year and requirements are that applicants are a high school graduate with no felony convictions. Still, no one is applying.

Feb 26: Cool new gadgets for EBR deputies will 'transform law enforcement,' agency says

Lt. Dan: There is an advertisement video included. Interesting technology.  

WBRZ: BATON ROUGE – The sheriff’s office touted a revolutionary crime-fighting system Tuesday that will allow deputies to access information instantly – whether writing a ticket, responding to nuisance complaints or investigating more heinous crimes.

The system – mixed with special software deputies can use through a smartphone or a handheld device – is designed to help law enforcement be more effective and swifter. Deputies will be able to look through all databases within the sheriff’s office in addition to information citizens share with the agency.

The new systems were developed by Baton Rouge-based General Informatics. The local business has been developing and fine-tuning the technology for the past decade.

“Gismo is many systems rolled into one that is designed for easy use. It is intelligent software that brings information together in a single pane. This allows deputies to make critical decisions themselves while in the field without wasting time,” Mo Vij, Gismo’s inventor said.

Software licensing costs about $995. Each handheld device costs $1,689. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office compared it to the cost of a license plate reader for a patrol unit – $14,000.

Feb 26: Testimony Begins In Trial Of Former Texas Deputy Accused Of Double Dipping On Taxpayer’s Dime

TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – News Video: Testimony started Tuesday in the case of a former deputy constable in Tarrant County, accused of collecting a paycheck while he was actually working private security jobs.

Feb 26: St. Louis officers skipped burglar alarm call before fatal shooting of off-duty colleague, sources say

STL Today: Hendren and Riordan are accused of drinking at the home while on duty, according to a police document obtained by the Post-Dispatch. And shortly before 1 a.m., Hendren killed Alix, 24, in a Russian roulette-like shooting, according to court documents.

February 26: A cop slapped a handcuffed teen. Then his partner tried to destroy the video. It didn’t work

Washington Post: The warrant said, his (suspect’s) mother found the surveillance system’s wiring cut.  Prosecutors charged Gonzalez with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor petty theft.

February 26: OIG Report Raises Concerns About Overcrowded Jails, Lack Of Care

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday postponed discussion of a report by the Office of Inspector General that raises concerns about overcrowded jails, poor quality of medical and mental health care for inmates and the persistence of dangerous social cliques in the Sheriff’s Department.

While none of those issues are new, the OIG report released this month highlights uncertainty about how effective Sheriff Alex Villanueva will be in tackling the problems.

One question is how cooperative the new sheriff plans to be in sharing information with the watchdog agency.

Link to report: For LEIAG members this report is posted on the LEIAG website and

Feb 25: Mesa Az. police chief details departmental changes after high-profile force incidents

MESA, Ariz. — News Video: A series of investigations launched by the Mesa Police Department following several high-profile incidents that called officers' use of force into question last summer are nearly complete, Chief Ramon Batista announced Friday.

Feb 25: Columbus police emails accuse sheriff's office of changing behavior since "Live PD" As we reported in Part 1 of our investigation, high-ranking Columbus Police officers are worried about what they call dangerous, unnecessary pursuits by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

And they say, the problem has gotten worse since the Sheriff's Office teamed up with a popular national crime show.

Feb 25: Ex-NYPD detective sentenced to 3 months prison for lying under oath, falsifying lineups

Daily News: A former NYPD detective who carried out unofficial photo lineups on WhatsApp then falsified paperwork to make it look like he did them by the book has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Feb 25: Former sheriff’s deputy gets 2-year sentence for sex with inmate at Morongo jail

The Sun: A former San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to two years in prison and will have to register for life as a sex offender after his plea agreement to charges of having sex with female inmates at the Morongo Basin Station jail, the prosecutor in the case said.

February 24: Two suspects made out in the back of a police car. The officer who drove them is now suspended

Washington Post: Officer Doug McNeal captured the afternoon ride on his body camera, which was fixed beneath his car’s rearview mirror and trained on the back seat, filming the couple as they kissed, fondled each other and smoked a cigarette. Footage of that July day later became evidence against McNeal in an internal affairs investigation that led to a 20-day suspension from the Fort Pierce Police Department, about 50 miles north of Palm Beach, Fla.

February 21: DOD Official Gave $280K in Fraudulent Bonuses

DOD-OIG: The agency's inspector general says the Pentagon official wasted hundreds of thousands in government funds.

Link to investigation: