Police officers and firefighters are expected to perform under dangerous working conditions. They also enjoy greater job protections than most workers. PII has extensive experience conducting investigations at law enforcement agencies and fire departments facing allegations of employee misconduct.
Consistent with the requirements of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights and the Firefighter Bill of Rights, PII investigations have addressed many forms of misconduct, from allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, to arson, bullying and providing false statements. PII is accustomed to the participation of union representatives and understanding procedural protections such as the Lybarger Admonition.
The firm has served as a consultant to internal affairs divisions, conducted training programs for law enforcement officers, and been appointed as a court monitor by a federal judge in litigation involving inmates. PII has a well-deserved reputation for conducting fair and thorough investigations into potential wrongdoing by public safety employees throughout Southern California.
PII investigators have:
• Assisted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Internal Affairs detectives charged with investigating violations of the department’s equity policy, pursuant to the Bouman consent decree, and provided the department with staff training.
• Investigated allegations for a county fire department that its firefighters had engaged in acts of discrimination, sexual harassment, and bullying; committed arson; and destroyed fire station equipment.
• Investigated allegations that a police detective, already under investigation by a federal grand jury, made untruthful statements about a residential robbery.