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This section on Internal Affairs Investigations includes books written only by state and local law enforcement officials.  These books are essentially how to books on avoiding and investigating police misconduct and corruption.  For an insider's view on police corruption and misconduct visit our section of books written by police officers who crossed over the blue line - here

Internal Investigations: A Practitioner's Approach
Frank A. Colaptete  More Info

Lieutenant Frank Colaprete began his law enforcement career with the Rochester Police Department (New York) in 1985.  He has been assigned to patrol, research, training, administration, internal affairs, and investigative support. Dr. Frank Colaprete earned his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University where his research interests have been primarily in police science and operational issues.  His Research interests also include the criminal and administrative investigation processes, police training techniques, program evaluation methodologies, mentoring, and knowledge management. 


Dr. Frank Colaprete has been an adjunct professor of criminal justice studies and institute partner for the Criminal Justice Department and Institute for Public Safety Policy Studies respectively, at the State University of New York College at Brockport since 2000.  He also holds a dual appointment as an adjunct professor of public administration in the Public Administration Department of the College.  Dr. Frank Colaprete has published several peer reviewed and professional journal articles in the areas of criminal and internal investigation as well as police training techniques.  Frank Colaprete is the author of Internal Investigations: A Practitioner’s Approach.


According to the book description of Internal Investigations: A Practitioner’s Approach “Throughout the history of law enforcement, the internal investigation process has held the most negative connotation of any investigation conducted by law enforcement personnel. As we progress through the new millennium, the need for efficient and effective law enforcement services and practices grows ever more critical. The goal of this book is to demonstrate this need for proper and complete internal investigations, and to teach the entry level and tenured police supervisor the form and function of the internal investigations process. The text selectively focuses on the purposes and practical implications of internal investigations and the pitfalls. The goal is to guide students and professionals through definitions, terminology, legal and labor issues, case law, techniques and procedures, critical and special investigations, including issues in administrative and civil claims. The reader will find a model for conducting internal investigations of police personnel that will allow a police supervisor or commander to perform investigations in a thorough, ethical, legal, and equitable manner. This book will meet the needs of attorneys who litigate cases involving allegations of police misconduct as well as representatives of collective bargaining groups who represent police personnel in similar actions. The text ends with the offering of evidence identification, evaluation and collection, case review processes, risk management, training and managing internal investigators, and the future trends in internal investigations.”

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