Internal Affairs Conference and Certification
DATES: 8/26/2019 through 8/30/2019
INSTRUCTOR(S): Multiple Instructors
LOCATION: Gatlinburg Convention Center - 234 Historic Nature Trail , Gatlinburg, TN 37738
COURSE REGISTRATION FEE: $625.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.
Major George A. Perez, is a law enforcement executive within a law enforcement agency in Miami-Dade County, and has served its citizens for over 18 years. He currently commands the Professional Compliance Bureau, which encompasses the Internal Affairs Investigations, Criminal Conspiracy, and Public Corruption Sections. His responsibilities also include the achievement and maintenance of the agency’s active status in the Commission on Florida Accreditation and The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Major Perez possesses a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and enjoys a robust professional and practical background in law enforcement management and criminal investigations. His practical knowledge and experience is rooted in assignments, which have included command positions in municipal police services and police districts within his agency. His investigative experience includes assignments within the Internal Affairs Section, Homicide Bureau, Robbery Bureau, and Commander of a General Investigations Unit.
Major Perez is a bilingual instructor and is sought after to instruct several investigative and command level subjects. He utilizes a dynamic approach to instruction that includes student participation and thought provoking problem solving methods relative to today’s law enforcement professional. He proudly served as a board member representative within the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association, (PBA) between 2004 through 2012, and remains a proud member of the PBA today.
Sergeant Paul A. Villaverde, is a law enforcement supervisor within a law enforcement agency in Miami-Dade County. He has served its citizens for over 23 years. Sergeant Villaverde has a vast amount of work experience, knowledge and training derived from his work and supervisory assignments, which include: the Professional Compliance Bureau, Homicide Bureau, Robbery Bureau, Narcotics Bureau, Warrants Bureau, and Crime Suppression Team. Sergeant Villaverde currently supervises a Homicide Bureau Cold Case Unit, and is an active member of the Special Response Hostage Negotiator Team.
Sergeant Villaverde possesses a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and has a professional and practical background in law enforcement supervision and investigations. His practical knowledge and experience is rooted in him from the positions and assignments he has held.
Sergeant Villaverde has served as an instructor concerning several investigative level subjects, and has been teaching for over nine years. He is sought out to instruct Internal Affairs School, Homicide School, and has previously instructed Robbery Bureau Investigations Classes and General Investigations Schools. He utilizes a dynamic approach to instruction that includes student participation and thought provoking problem solving methods relative to today’s law enforcement professional. Sergeant Villaverde proudly served as an elected Board of Director for the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, (PBA) for over ten years, and currently remains a proud member of the PBA.
Miriam Dickler is the former Director of Communications for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia.
In her six years with Charlottesville, she served as primary city spokesperson, led a staff of four and an
office responsible for media relations, public relations, community engagement, web and social media
content and the City’s three PEG television stations.
The Charlottesville Director of Communications is also the Lead Public Information Officer (PIO) for
Emergency Management, the City's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer and a senior advisor to the City Manager.
Prior to working for Charlottesville, Ms. Dickler served in a similar role as the first full-time Public
Information Officer for the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, building that city’s communications operation from the ground up.
Over the course of her career in local government, she was the primary communications official for
multiple events that attracted widespread national attention and responsible for directing teams of local
and regional communications professionals through those events and their aftermaths.
In early 2018, Ms. Dickler stepped away from local government communications to explore new
opportunities. She is currently working with James Madison University in Harrisonburg to design a local
and state government continuing education curriculum. She also consults independently for individuals
Ms. Dickler is proud to have been called “one of the best PR professionals” and “a dedicated
communications miracle worker” by her colleagues. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband.
Pre-Payment is NOT required to register or attend this seminar
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Introduction and Description of I.A. Certification Program
The Role of Internal Investigations in Maintaining Professional Standards
The I.A. Process – Complaint Acceptance, Investigation, Interviews, Reporting & Disposition
Administrative Statements – Compelled vs. Voluntary
Administrative Searches in the Workplace
Use of Force Investigations – Reporting Requirements, Role of Supervisor, Documentation, 5th Amendment Implications
Administrative Investigations of Use Force vs. Criminal Investigations
Officer-Involved Shootings or In-Custody Death Investigations
Title VII - Types of Discrimination
Sexual Harassment – Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Environment
Policy, Investigation and Best Practices
Sexual Misconduct by Law Enforcement & Corrections
Body-Worn Camera Programs – The Impact on Complaints & Use of Force Incidents and Best Practices
Social Media Misconduct and the First Amendment Implications
Other Legal Issues Related to Internal Investigations
Defending the Internal Investigation & Disciplinary Action
Early Intervention Systems
Open Forum – Q & A
Wrap-Up & Completion of Final Written Examination
NOTE: The course description may be modified to accommodate scheduling of instructors.