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How the Police Investigate: A Police Perspective

Course Overview:

How the Police Investigate: A Police Perspective is a comprehensive course designed specifically for lawyers and paralegals seeking Continual Professional Development (CPD) accreditation. This course offers a deep dive into the investigative techniques and strategies employed by law enforcement agencies. Through a condensed and focused curriculum, participants will gain a unique insight into the inner workings of police investigations and develop a stronger understanding of the challenges faced by both the police and legal professionals in the pursuit of justice.

Course Content:

  1. Forming Their Grounds: This module explores the crucial process of establishing reasonable grounds for suspicion, emphasizing the legal requirements and evidentiary standards that shape police decision-making.
  2. The Arrest Process: Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the arrest process, including the legal framework behind arrest protocols, the rights of individuals during arrest, and the role of documentation in ensuring accountability.
  3. The Interview: This module examines the techniques and principles used by police officers during interviews, highlighting effective strategies for gathering accurate and reliable information while ensuring compliance with legal and ethical standards.
  4. Putting it Together in Writing: Participants will learn the art of comprehensive report writing, focusing on the importance of clear, concise, and thorough documentation in building a strong legal case based on police investigations.

Connecting the Content:

Throughout the course, participants will explore how the content aligns with the following important aspects of legal practice:

  1. Duty to Maintain Confidentiality: Understanding the role of confidentiality in police investigations and the corresponding responsibilities legal professionals have in maintaining client privacy.
  2. Obligations when Making Public Appearances and Statements: Exploring the ethical considerations and professional obligations of lawyers and paralegals when communicating on behalf of their clients or law enforcement agencies.
  3. Best Practices for Analyzing Ethical Dilemmas: Participants will develop a framework for critically analyzing ethical dilemmas within the context of police investigations, allowing for informed decision-making in complex situations.
  4. Technology Used in Police Investigations: This course addresses the relevance and impact of technology in modern police investigations, exploring the benefits, challenges, and potential ethical concerns associated with its use.
  5. Value of Diversity and Inclusion: Recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and its impact on the fairness and effectiveness of police investigations.
  6. Understanding Power and Privilege, Unconscious Bias, or Cultural Homophily: Participants will gain insights into the systemic factors that influence police investigations, such as power dynamics, unconscious biases, and cultural influences, thereby fostering a more comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system.

By completing this course, lawyers and paralegals will acquire valuable knowledge and insights directly from a police perspective, enhancing their ability to navigate the intricate aspects of police investigations, foster stronger client representation, and ultimately contribute to a fair and just legal system.

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