Procedural Justice Training Institute
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Procedural Justice Training Institute

Want a Subscription for Your Campus Police/Public Safety Agency? Learn about Procedural Justice Institute Subscriptions available for an individual institutions to train all of their command and supervisory level employees at a discounted rate. Contact us at pj@dstaffordandassociates.com for more information.

Procedural Justice relates to the idea of fairness between citizens and public safety agencies. It is a belief that the administration of justice, the allocation and use of departmental resources, and the resolution of conflicts in an impartial manner all produce trust and promote positive relationships between police/public safety and the communities they serve. 

 

The DSA Procedural Justice Training Institute has been constructed for college and university police/public safety agency leaders and is taught by expert faculty. From command staff to first line supervisors, college and university sworn and non-sworn leaders who participate in Institute courses will be prepared to create and strengthen the ethical culture within their public safety organization that will aid in ensuring fair and impartial campus policing practices. 

 

1st Amendment and Higher Education: From Protests to Biased Speech

 

Course Description: This class will focus on First Amendment implications for higher education specific to campus law enforcement and public safety. The class will cover an overview of the First Amendment and will include opportunities for discussion and participation in case studies and practical exercises.

 

Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

 

    • Overview of First Amendment
    • Public vs. private implications
    • Key First Amendment cases
    • Impact on law enforcement and public safety
    • Crowds vs. mobs
    • Free speech zones
    • Online and virtual implications
    • Employee speech
    • Implications for threat/risk assessment
    • Policy considerations
    • Managing community expectations

 

Audience: Campus Police and Public Safety Command Staff and Supervisory Personnel

 

This course will be taught by two experts who have experience in the development of policies and procedures regarding speech, protests, and bias incidents. Both instructors have worked collaboratively with law enforcement and other agencies in addressing such issues.  They have both spoken on the national and regional level on issues related to the First Amendment.

 

CURRENT CLASSES

 

VIRTUAL: 2 Day Class from 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Eastern Time)

VIRTUAL CLASS 2021-02

 

September 28-29, 2021

VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-01

 

February 23-24, 2022

VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-02

 

August 2-3, 2022

Organizational Ethics and Biased Policing

 

Course Description: All campus police and public safety departments are living through a volatile time. Is your agency prepared to respond to questions about how you are working to ensure fair, impartial and ethical policing and public safety practices? Our instructors will review what is happening in today’s society and will guide leaders of these campus agencies through the process of developing new ideas and responses in line with 21st Century Policing/Public Safety practices.

 

Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

 

    • Explicit and Implicit Bias
    • The Science of Bias
    • Recognizing Identities 
    • Bias Policing Practices
    • Race and Policing
    • Ethics in Organizations
    • Procedural Justice and Fair and Impartial Policing Practices
    • Role of Law Enforcement/Security Leaders in Shaping Organizational Ethics
    • Implications for Public Safety
    • Constitutional Considerations
    • Managing Community Expectations
    • Considerations in Developing Fair and Impartial Policing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

 

This course will be taught by two experts: 

 

    • A former special agent in the FBI who is an expert in ethics, among other topics, and has served as an instructor for the FBI National Academy, The FBI’s International Academy, and the DEA’s International Academy. He has also instructed at federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout North America, Asia, South America, and Europe; and
    • A former campus police Chief who is an expert in civil rights and has led two sworn and armed police agencies (and worked with dozens of others across the United States.)  She has expertise in developing best practice standard operating procedures related to fair and impartial policing practices in the postsecondary environment and in assisting agencies in implementing an ethical organizational culture that endeavors to be free from implicit and explicit biases. She has taught courses for individual colleges and universities, national courses across the United States, and has been a featured speaker in police academies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management and a graduate degree in Campus Public Safety. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, session #235. 

CURRENT CLASSES

 

VIRTUAL: 2 Day Class. Day 1 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm and Day 2 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Organizational Ethics and Biased Policing: VIRTUAL CLASS 2021-02

 

August 19-20, 2021  

Organizational Ethics and Biased Policing: VIRTUAL CLASS 2021-03

 

November 17-18, 2021

Organizational Ethics and Biased Policing: VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-01

 

January 25-26, 2022

Organizational Ethics and Biased Policing: VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-02

 

July 7-8, 2022

Recruitment and Retention in Today’s Modern Campus Police/Public Safety Agency

 

Course Description: Campus police and public safety agency personnel must understand the communities they serve and further advance a policing philosophy and strategy that embraces diversity and difference.  This session will review tangible recruitment, selection, and retention strategies designed to attract, identify, and hire candidates who possess the skill sets necessary for success in today’s colleges and universities. Key strategies of professional training and development, proper reward and recognition, and an effective performance management system will be reviewed and discussed as foundational elements of a procedurally-just campus police and public safety agency.

 

Key Topics:

 

Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

 

    • Reframing the tenets of productive recruitment and selection procedures
    • Establishing recruitment and selection processes that will yield quality officers
    • Understanding how to develop an inclusive selection process
    • Creating a working environment that supports and sustains procedural justice in all management systems
    • Developing a reward and recognition program to encourage and reinforce core values adherence
    • Developing and maintaining a comprehensive performance management approach that supports, reinforces, and embodies the core concepts of procedural justice
    • Advancing retention strategies that will help maintain high-performers

 

Audience: Campus Police and Public Safety Command Staff and Supervisory Personnel

 

This course will be taught by higher education experts who have a background and expertise in recruitment and retention of Public Safety and Law Enforcement personnel on college campuses.

CURRENT CLASSES

 

VIRTUAL: 3 Day Class from 11:00 am-4:30 pm (Eastern Time)

VIRTUAL CLASS 2021-01 

 

October 18-20, 2021

VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-01 

 

March 22-24, 2022

VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-02

 

September 20-22, 2022

Developing a Professional Standards Disciplinary Matrix

 

Course Description: Campus police and public safety officers often have the authority to effect arrests; restrict the freedom of individuals; and/or use force, including the use of deadly force. With this high-level of authority and discretion comes a tremendous responsibility to perform public safety duties using sound professional judgment. But how do agency leaders ensure that if an officer violates their oath of office, appropriate discipline will be imposed consistently and fairly to ensure human rights are protected?  How will your campus community know and trust that the discipline imposed was appropriate, fair, and impartial, while remaining transparent?

 

A disciplinary matrix provides a pre-established baseline for supervisors to impose discipline fairly and appropriately. The disciplinary matrix helps eliminate the perception that relationships, rather than facts, drive a sanction. Although a professional standards investigation may not involve preferential treatment, the perception of favoritism may still be present in the disciplinary phase. This perception can undermine the credibility of the entire disciplinary process and the reputation of the department and the university/college.

 

A disciplinary matrix will help ensure:

    • consistent and impartial discipline properly addresses campus police/public safety officer misconduct;
    • consistent application of professional standards,
    • internal and external legitimacy and trust in the disciplinary process,
    • internal procedural justice through a consistent and fair application of professional standards across all ranks and positions, and
    • transparency within the disciplinary process.

 

This course will teach attendees how to develop a disciplinary matrix, including developing best practices for engaging campus partners and implementing an institution-specific matrix. (Attendees may find it helpful, to also take Course 5- Professional Standards Investigations – A 21st Century Procedural Justice Approach, following this course, but taking Course 5 is not required. Course 5 will provide guidance on how to utilize a disciplinary matrix as part of the organization’s overarching professional standards process.)

 

Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

 

    • Internal and external procedural justice
    • Balancing transparency with confidentiality
    • Incidents requiring disciplinary action
    • Best practices in developing an employee disciplinary sanction matrix
    • Considerations for union and non-union environments
    • Considerations for melding the matrix into other campus disciplinary processes
    • Considerations for campus buy-in and implementation

 

Audience: Campus Police and Public Safety Command Staff and Supervisory Personnel

 

This course will be taught by higher education experts who have a background and expertise in developing and implementing Professional Standards Disciplinary Matrices for Public Safety and Law Enforcement agencies on college campuses.

CURRENT CLASSES

 

VIRTUAL: 1 Day Class from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

VIRTUAL CLASS 2021-01 

 

November 1, 2021

VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-01 

 

April 5, 2022

VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-02 

 

October 5, 2022

Professional Standards Investigations – A 21st Century Procedural Justice Approach. 

 

Course Description: This course will provide best practices for conducting professional standards investigations through a procedural justice approach while emphasizing department integrity and transparency. In addition, the course will provide critical insights into the importance of internal procedural justice, including the benefits of developing a disciplinary matrix; how accountability and discipline can earn and maintain public trust; and provide the investigator with the tools they need to conduct an effective investigation and reach an evidence-based conclusion. (Attendees may find it helpful to take Course 4- Developing a Professional Standards Disciplinary Matrix, but Course 4 is not a pre-requisite for Course 5)

 

Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

 

    • Campus safety in a modern constitutional democracy
    • Incidents requiring disciplinary action
    • Professional standards investigation process
    • Employee disciplinary penalty matrix
    • Personnel early warning systems
    • Balancing transparency with confidentiality
    • Trust and accountability through independent oversight
    • Crisis communications following critical incidents

 

Audience: Campus Police and Public Safety Command Staff and Supervisory Personnel

 

This course will be taught by higher education experts who have a background and expertise in developing and implementing Professional Standards (Internal) Investigations for Public Safety and Law Enforcement agencies on college campuses.

CURRENT CLASSES

 

VIRTUAL: 3 Day Class. Days 1-2 from 11:00 am-5:00 pm and Day 3 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

VIRTUAL CLASS 2021-01 

 

December 13-15, 2021

VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-01 

 

April 19-21, 2022

VIRTUAL CLASS 2022-02 

 

October 25-27, 2022

Creating Organizational Transparency in Your Campus Police/Public Safety Agency

 

Course Description: Campus police and public safety organizations need to be viewed as open, trustworthy, fair, and impartial to establish meaningful and positive relationships—and partnerships—with the communities they serve.  This can only be accomplished if those organizations can successfully develop transparency in policies, procedures, processes, and practices.  This session will review tangible strategies designed to assist agencies in developing transparency through policy development; designing and implementing branding and communications strategies; promoting accountability, reward and recognition structures, and analyzing best practices for establishing transparency using a Procedural Justice framework.

 

Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

 

    • Developing positive branding and marketing strategies that highlight community-caretaking and procedural justice philosophies;
    • Reviewing the impact of leadership on organizational culture and identity;
    • Establishing an accountability structure that accumulates trust and respect;
    • Exploring diversity as a key component in developing organizational transparency;
    • Promulgating policies, procedures, and practices that are endorsed by campus communities through their active collaboration in the development process; and
    • Exploring best practice community engagement and outreach methodologies.

 

Audience: Campus Police and Public Safety Command Staff and Supervisory Personnel

 

This course will be taught by higher education experts who have a background and expertise in organizational development and leadership of public safety and law enforcement personnel on college campuses.

CURRENT CLASSES

 

2022 Class Schedule TBD

Developing and Implementing Police/Public Safety Early Warning Systems

 

Course Description: In today’s society, campus police and public safety officers’ actions are under considerable scrutiny. An Early Warning System (EWS) is a data-driven tool that agencies should deploy to identify employees who display specified behaviors. An EWS is a crucial component of a procedurally just agency. Using an EWS to identify and intervene with officers who are struggling or have demonstrated behavior inconsistent with the values and mission of the agency not only lends to a more ethical internal environment but also builds officer morale and increases trust and legitimacy within the larger campus community. An EWS operates from the premise that officer education, training, health, and wellness are critical elements of legitimate agencies and also serves as an effective risk management tool in today’s 21st century policing environment.

 

Some of the key topics that will be covered include:

    • Understanding the goals and functions of an EWS;
    • Definitions of employee actions or behaviors that should trigger activation of an agency’s EWS;
    • How to establish threshold or trigger levels to initiate a review of employee behavior;
    • How to conduct a review of a threshold or trigger event;
    • Agency documentation and record management, including management of the system;
    • The responsibilities and training requirements of agency personnel, including first-line supervisors and command-level staff;
    • Determining remedial actions;
    • Use of internal and external supports for officer wellbeing;
    • How to evaluate the effectiveness of an agency’s EWS; and
    • Creating public transparency through established EWS policies and procedures and public communication.

 

Audience: Campus Police and Public Safety Command Staff and Supervisory Personnel

 

This course will be taught by higher education experts who have a background and expertise in organizational development and leadership of Public Safety and Law Enforcement personnel on college campuses.

CURRENT CLASSES

 

2022 Class Schedule TBD

NOTE: ADDITIONAL COURSES WILL BE DEVELOPED AND LAUNCHED THROUGHOUT THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. 

 

CLASS OPTIONS FOR POLICE/PUBLIC SAFETY STAFF AT INDIVIDUAL CAMPUSES

 

DSA can provide a version of any of these classes as on-site training classes for individual college campus police/public safety agencies. Depending on the needs of the institution, DSA can customize a training session for an individual institution, system, or consortium.