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The course will provide ethical guidance for internal affairs investigators in government agencies. The course will focus on ethical decision-making under challenging and changing circumstances faced by investigators in large and small scale investigations. The course will be scenario based and will provide attendees with "hands on" style training with limited lecture format. Actual investigation scenarios will form the basis of the training.

The format will encourage investigators to work through ethical dilemmas and problem areas with tools, checklists, decision-making, and reachback capabilities, and will not necessarily provide attendees with a single "correct" response, but rather, a multi-pronged approach to complex problem solving. That said, bright line rules will be discussed and provided as guidance. Early detection of problem areas, and early identification of sources which lead to unethical decision-making will be identified, as well as successful resources which lead to ethical decision-making. Leadership through ethical decision-making and investigations will also be a focus.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify steps in ethical investigations and in ethical decision-making.
  • Identify ethical decision makers in specific scenarios and identify unethical decision makers in specific scenarios.
  • Examine the sources of ethical and unethical decision making.
  • Examine what factors, situations, specifics, lead to unethical decision making.
  • Examine the result of unethical decision making for stakeholders and investigators.
  • Use a checklist to increase proficiency in ethical investigations and decision making.

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

CPE: At the conclusion of the training, you may receive up to sixteen CPEs.


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  • Steve Maher (Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at The College of Saint Rose)

    Steve Maher

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at The College of Saint Rose

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