To prepare for a departmental internal investigation interview or interrogation, the following procedures are recommended to protect your rights:
At the beginning of any statement, read Garrity Statement.
1) Request the presence of a Union Representative before questioning begins.2) Review your rights under any collective bargaining agreement and any state or local Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.
3) Request the identity of the complainant. Request to see all documents relative to the charges. Read these documents for content regarding facts, truthfulness and accuracy. Take notes to address any discrepancies noted.
4) Ask whether you are the subject of the investigation or a witness and inquire as to the specific nature of the charges.
5) Is the investigation administrative or criminal? If criminal, invoke your right to counsel immediately. Decline to give a statement. Do not succumb to pressure to give a statement.
6) Require that you be given a reasonable amount of time to prepare properly before the interview begins.
7) Answer all questions honestly. Be brief in your answers. Do not guess, if unsure of an answer, you may state, “I need to check my records.” “I am not sure.” “I do not recall.” Always be honest in your response, but do not volunteer information.
8) In internal or administrative interviews and criminal matters, you should refuse to submit to a polygraph without consulting your attorney.