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Seminar Title:  
Advanced Internal Investigations: Legal and Practical Issues

DATES:  2/12/2019 through 2/13/2019

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Richard Lober

LOCATION:  Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center
Note: Parking $15.00 daily rate - 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33316

HOTEL:  Embassy Suites - Ft. Lauderdale, FL  954-527-2700
$208 Single/Double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Richard E. Lober, J.D., C.I.G.A.

Richard Lober specializes in training for law enforcement officers, correctional officers and investigators for government agencies.  Until his retirement in May 2010, Richard Lober was the Inspector General for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, which had over 4,000 employees.  The Inspector General had independent authority concerning all matters relating to the investigation and review of misconduct, fraud, waste, misuse/abuse and mismanagement of the agency’s resources.  The Office of the Inspector General became one of the first offices in the Florida to be awarded accreditation for meeting the high standards in conducting investigations as established by the Commission on Florida Accreditation.  Mr. Lober was also the Agency Head of Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit – Office of the Attorney General.  This 232 person law enforcement agency had statewide responsibility for criminal and civil enforcement of healthcare fraud & patient abuse.

Mr. Lober has served as the Chief Inspector of the Office of Executive Investigations for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).  This office, which reported directly to the FDLE Commissioner, handled Governor Ordered investigations, high profile public corruption cases, internal investigations and background investigations of Governor Appointees.  Mr. Lober was also an Assistant General Counsel with FDLE and held several other positions with the agency.  Prior to joining FDLE, Attorney Lober was General Labor Counsel for the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association and was a prosecutor in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.  His law enforcement career, which began in 1974, included six years as a deputy/sergeant with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Mr. Lober received his Juris Doctorate in 1983 from Western New England School of Law and began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.   He also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration.  In 2010, Mr. Lober became a Certified Inspector General Auditor, which was awarded by the Association of Inspectors General.  From 2001 – 2003, Mr. Lober served as the Charter President for the Florida Internal Affairs Investigators Association.  He is an honorary member of that Association as well as the Miami-Dade County PBA.  He also served on the Executive Committee of the Florida Association of Inspectors General.

Mr. Lober has been a guest lecturer for numerous criminal justice agencies and associations and has written several published articles. He has also developed numerous training programs and served as adjunct faculty for the Public Agency Training Council, Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Executive Institute, the Southern Police Institute, the I.A.C.P., the Florida Inspectors General Institute and the Regional Community Policing Institute at St. Petersburg College.

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Course Objectives

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The Advanced Internal Affairs Investigations Course is designed to present to law-enforcement officers, correctional officers and other government investigators with more complex topics and issues related to conducting Internal Affairs Investigations. Internal Affairs investigations are the cornerstone for transparency, accountability, public trust, community support and reducing organization liability. Each law enforcement agency is responsible for having an effective and professional process for investigations of potential misconduct by members of its agency. A public agency must demonstrate to the public and its members that only the highest ethical standards of law enforcement will be practiced by the agency and that the investigation of alleged misconduct follow established professional standards. The importance of such investigations is critically important when it involves misconduct that may constitute an ethical breach, harm to the public, criminal acts or misconduct that adversely reflects on the department’s reputation in the community. This course will present advanced topics, address complex legal and operational aspects of such investigations, discuss case scenarios and engage attendees to problem solve examples of investigative challenges. At the completion of this course, students will have learned how to address more complex issues related to their conducting of Internal Affairs Investigations.

  • Attendees will learn the importance that a professional internal investigations unit has on ethical standards for the department and the community.
  • Attendees will learn about the importance of selecting persons to conduct internal investigations and how to align the internal affairs unit (IA) or Office of Professional Standards (OPS) into the department’s organization.
  • Attendees will learn recommended processes for conducting internal investigations from incident to final action.
  • Attendees will learn recommended ways to conduct the review of an internal investigation.
  • Attendees will be informed of how to prepare for challenges to the investigation, particularly when it leads to disciplinary action.
  • To inform the attendees of the legal challenges (“Garrity Rights”) and potential pitfalls associated with conducting concurrent criminal and internal investigations of its employees.
  • To acquaint attendees with different approaches when an internal investigation involves potential criminal conduct.
  • To acquaint attendees regarding the impact of Body-Worn Cameras and other video evidence on internal investigations and complaints.
  • To inform attendees of the professional standards and practices regarding conducting use-of-force investigations. Attendees will learn the proper role of a supervisor in such investigations and the responsibility of the investigator.
  • To inform attendees the role of the IA/OPS investigator regarding Officer-Involved Shootings or In-Custody Death investigations.
  • To inform attendees about the legal issues surrounding Workplace Discrimination investigations, unique investigative challenges associated with such investigations, and the personal exposure and liabilities for failing to effectively investigate/supervise such investigations.
  • To acquaint attendees with the legal issues (1st Amendment) associated with Social Media misconduct investigations and the department’s ability to regulate or limit employees off-duty use of social media.
  • To inform attendees of the importance of implementing an early intervention system (“EIS”) in their agency and the proper utilization of an EIS, including the role of IA/OPS.
  • To actively engage attendees in case scenarios that will require problem solving of issues presented during the training and to present/critique solutions to the scenarios.

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