Investigating Employee Misconduct and
Report Writing in Indian Country

Get your HR certificate and upgrade your credentials. This class can be counted toward the maintenance of your Indian Country Human Resource Certification. Click here or call 1-800-992-4489 for details.

Most managers have to investigate employee misconduct at some point. The big questions are: How often do you perform these investigations? What will you do with the information you’ve gathered? This two-day class will equip you with the tools that you need to investigate misconduct and determine corrective actions to take and the appropriate reports to file.

Prevention is the best way to avoid employee misconduct; however, it’s not always possible. During this class, instructor Harold Rivkin,* an expert in law enforcement, background investigations and security, will cover the types of employee misconduct and how to determine whether or not it’s happening in your organization.

Along with misconduct investigations, many jobs in Indian Country involve writing various reports. For many people, the only lasting product of their work is a report, a permanent written record that communicates facts to be used in the future. We’ve heard it said, “It isn’t official until it’s in writing.” Therefore, writing a good report is vital — your reports speak volumes about your professionalism and capabilities.

Learn how to investigate misconduct thoroughly and write a clear, accurate and detailed report. From beginning an investigation, taking field notes and conducting interviews to planning your report and getting it into the correct hands, this class provides comprehensive tools. Learn the context of report writing, what belongs in a report (and what doesn’t belong there), how to capture information and organize your narrative and look at who reads your report and the vital elements of these records.

Never fail to properly document your actions, investigations and observations again. Join Falmouth for this important class!

*Instructor subject to change.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Investigating Misconduct
  • Keeping it quiet
Steps in the Investigation Process
  • Receipt of allegation
  • Consideration of allegation
  • Record of decision
  • Publicizing documents
Roles Involved in Investigations
  • Investigator
  • Evidence
  • Witnesses
  • Suspects
Federal Law in Indian Country
  • Embezzlement and theft from tribal organizations
  • Theft by officers or employees of gaming establishments
  • Indian Gaming Regulatory Act
Types of Reports
  • Offense reports
  • Incident reports
  • Information reports
  • Protective custody reports
  • Emergency detention reports
  • Use-of-force reports
Who Reads Reports
  • Internal audience
  • External audience
Report Contents
  • Planning your report
  • What to include in a report
  • What doesn’t belong in a report
  • Organizing the narrative
  • Making it easy for your reader
Taking Good Field Notes
  • What are field notes?
  • How to take good field notes
Testifying in Court
  • Preparing for court
  • Preliminary hearing
  • Criminal trial
  • Tips for testifying

*Topics subject to change.

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