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

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.


If you would like to obtain a scope of work to bring this class to your institution, contact Dolores Stafford at or (302) 344-5809.



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)


April 18-20, 2023


October 24-26, 2023