Internal Affairs: Administrative Investigations

August 27, 28 & 29, 2013
Bel Air, Maryland


Steve Rothlein, Retired
Miami-Dade Police Department

Director Steve Rothlein i s a 30-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department. During his career he served as a Supervisor in the Robbery Section, Internal Affairs and Uniform Patrol. He served as the Commander of the Narcotics Bureau, Professional Compliance Bureau, Intracoastal District and the Training Bureau. He served as the Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, responsible for the Supervision of all Homicide, Robbery, Sexual Crimes and Domestic Crimes Investigations until January, 2003 when he was promoted to Assistant Director. In April, 2004, he was promoted to the #2 Ranking Officer in the Department and remained in charge of all investigative functions of the Department until he retired on October 1, 2005.

In addition to his consultant activities with the Internaltional Association of Chief’s of Police and the Public Agency Training Council, he has appeared several times on the Law Enforcement Television Network. He has lectured about internral affairs issues to the DEA, the FBI, the INS in Washington, DC and provided training to the U.S. Marshal’s Service at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. He has twice been selected to speak on integrity issues at the Major City Chief’s Association Annual Conference in Sun Valley. He has authored several articles including: The Changing Role of Internal Affairs, The Ramifications of an Internal Affairs Investigations and Fostering Integrity in Policing: A Corruption Prevention Strategy. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Metropolitan Police Institute, the Southern Police Institute and the North Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. He has conducted over 100 seminars and trained over 2,000 investigators concerning Internal Affairs and Police Misconduct issues.

Steve is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Miami. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute.

Course Objectives

  • Outline of the program: How a Sergeant / Lieutenant should handle a personnel complaint against an employee/officer. Course will also cover the causes and impact of misconduct in a law enforcement agency...corruption and strategies to prevent misconduct from invading a police agency including Early Intervention systems.
  • Investigating Complaints: The course will discuss the importance of documenting a complaint, questioning techniques, Garrity, dispositions, discipline, and the liabilities of failing to handle complaints according to national standards.
  • Ethics in law enforcement: What causes a good officer to make bad does an agency move from being rule-driven to value driven...understanding police sub-culture and how to manage the culture from the top to the bottom of the organization.
  • Police Misconduct: What defines malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance and who is responsible to sanction officers who engage in inappropriate behavior...the role of supervisors versus internal affairs...the impact one act of misconduct can have on a police agency.
  • Police Sexual Misconduct: What happens when a police officer uses their position of authority to exploit citizens for sexual profiles of this type of behavior will be examined and strategies for prevention will be discussed.
  • Early Intervention Systems: How to implement an Early Intervention System (EWS)...what are the indicators to build into a system and what are the appropriate responses once an officer has been identified...Pro’s and Con’s of engaging this type of system and strategies for implementation.
  • Areas of Supervisory Liability: Failure to train, investigate and direct law enforcement personnel in an appropriate manner can leave an agency and involved supervisors exposed to major liability...this will be fully discussed with solutions to reduce exposure by taking proactive measures.
  • Policy Failure: High liability areas of law enforcement are fertile ground for misconduct if departmental policy is insufficient...confidential informants, money seizures, search warrants, off-duty details and complaint acceptance are all potential problems if weak policy exists to guide behavior...this will be discussed with recommendations to strengthen policy.
  • Police Corruption: What defines police corruption, how does it spread, and what types of preventive measures can be implemented to reduce the opportunity for corruption to thrive...different concepts will be discussed including “Donut Shop Ethics” and the consequences of accepting gratuities.
  • Domestic Violence: What happens when a police officer is involved in domestic violence...who should handle these calls...what type of policy should be in place to ensure the violator is not given preferential treatment because of their position...recommendations will be offered to ensure these types of issues are handled in accordance with model policies.
  • Policy Development: Students will develop policy statements concerning high liability areas, i.e., evidence collection, off-duty conduct, pursuits, search warrants, and handling informants.
  • DOJ Pattern and Practice Investigations: Since 1994, the Department of Justice became authorized to investigate law enforcement agencies that engage in a pattern and practice of police misconduct. The Attorney General is authorized to file civil litigation against those agencies that engage in this behavior and the consequences for the agencies are severe.


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    Public Agency Training Council
    5235 Decatur Blvd
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46241
    Federal ID# 35-1907871

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