Conducting Workplace Investigations

Description

Students attending this course will learn fundamental principles of investigation, including:

1. The role of speed, thoroughness and objectivity in the conduct of a real investigation;
2. Fundamental definitions, such as relevance, types of evidence and forms in which evidence is collected;
3. The conduct of successful interviews, including SLICING THE BOLOGNA when asking questions;
4. Proper methodologies in developing written statements and other documentary records associated with the interview process;
5. The collection and preservation of physical evidence; and,
6. Reconciling conflicting evidence.

All those attending the course will receive a 60 page Investigations Manual prepared for this curriculum.

Outline

I. Introduction of Program and Participants

II. Identification of Common Problems Associated with Investigations
    a. Small group discussion
    b. Class discussion

III. Important Definitions: Types and Forms of Evidence
    a. Lecture
    b. Class discussion

IV. Values of a REAL Investigation: Speed, Thoroughness, Objectivity
    a. Small group discussion
    b. Class discussion

V. Rules for Collecting Evidence
    a. Small group discussion
    b. Class discussion
    c. Demonstrations

VI. Organization of an Investigation
    a. Short lecture
    b. Class discussion

VII. Additional Definitions: Incompetence, Opinion Testimony, Hearsay
    a. Lecture
    b. Small group discussion
    c. Class discussion

VIII. Interviewing Cooperative Witnesses
    a. Short lecture
    b. Small group discussion
    c. Role plays
    d. Class discussion

IX. Interviewing Cooperative Witnesses: Slicing the Bologna
    a. Short lecture
    b. Demonstration
    c. Small group discussion
    d. Role plays
    c. Class discussion

X. Collective Physical Evidence
    a. Short lecture
    b. Class discussion

XI. Interviewing Uncooperative and Antagonistic Witnesses
    a. Small group discussion
    b. Role plays
    c. Class discussion

XII. Taking Written Statements
    a. Short lecture
    b. Demonstration
    c. Role plays
    d. Class discussion

XIII. Reconciling Conflicting Evidence
    a. Role plays
    b. Lecture
    c. Class discussion

XIV. Summary and Evaluation