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Primary Objectives of the Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Process
With respect to staff members, the primary objective of the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process is to establish the facts relevant to an allegation in order to enable the Legal Support Office (LSO) to initiate necessary actions, including disciplinary proceedings.
With respect to contractors, the primary objective of the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process is to establish the facts relevant to an allegation in order to enable the Head of the contracting office to take necessary actions, including termination of the contract.
With respect to both staff members and contractors, the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process also gathers evidence relevant to a decision on whether referral of cases to national law enforcement authorities for criminal investigation and prosecution is appropriate. With respect to vendors, the primary objective of the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process is to establish the facts
relevant to an allegation in order to enable the Vendor Review Committee to make decisions on debarment and other appropriate sanctions that may exist.
With respect to cases of others falling within the scope of OAI investigations (for example, UN Volunteers working for UNDP, certain external parties and interns), the primary objective of the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process is to form the factual and evidentiary basis for appropriate action. As such, the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process is part of the entire system of accountability and must be executed in a manner that supports that system as well as the interests of justice. Matters that do not fall within the scope of OAI’s mandate, such as allegations of poor work performance, are dealt with by other UNDP procedures and are
not subject to OAI investigations.
Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach findings shall be based on facts and related analysis, which may include reasonable inferences. These findings should follow an objective assessment of all information, including inculpatory and exculpatory evidence, gathered in the course of the investigation.16 Investigations follow prescribed steps to objectively investigate allegations and to establish the facts while ensuring procedural fairness.
Following the completion of the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process, OAI may still be required to support post investigation activities that fall within the responsibility of the Organization as part of the system of accountability.
The General Principles set out in the “Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations,” as endorsed by the 10th Conference of International Investigators, apply to all investigations conducted by OAI. These principles include the following:
- The purpose of an investigation by the Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Office is to examine and determine the veracity of allegations of corrupt or fraudulent practices as defined by each institution including with respect to, but not limited to, projects financed by the organization, and allegations of misconduct on the part of the organization’s staff members.
- The Investigation Office shall maintain objectivity, impartiality and fairness throughout the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process and conduct its activities competently and with the highest levels of integrity. In particular, the Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Office shall perform its duties independently from those responsible for or involved in operational activities and from staff members liable to be the subject of investigations and shall also be free from improper influence and fear of retaliation.
- The staff of the Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Office shall disclose to a supervisor in a timely fashion any actual or potential conflicts of interest.
- Appropriate procedures shall be put in place to investigate allegations of Misconduct on the part of any staff member of Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Office.
- The Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Office shall take reasonable measures to protect as confidential any non-public information associated with an investigation.
- Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach findings shall be based on facts and related analysis, which may include reasonable inferences.
- The Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Office shall make recommendations, as appropriate, to the Organization’s management that are derived from its investigative services Miami Beach South Beach findings.
- All investigations conducted by the Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Office are administrative in nature.18 5. Standard of Evidence Disciplinary proceedings resulting from OAI investigations are not of a criminal nature, but rather are administrative proceedings regulated by the rules and policies of the Organization. At the time of the publication of these Guidelines, the case law of the United Nations Dispute Tribunal obligates OAI only to present “adequate evidence,” i.e., sufficient facts to permit a reasonable inference that a violation has occurred.
Once the Administration and the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach have assembled enough evidence to sustain the conclusion that misconduct has occurred, it is up to the staff member to furnish evidence to the contrary or offer a satisfactory explanation of the conduct at issue.”
Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Process Upon receiving a complaint, OAI initiates its investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process. The investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process is comprised of three parts: Assessment. The Investigation, and Reporting. Assessment An assessment is the process of collecting, preserving and securing basic evidence, and the evaluation of available information and evidence to determine whether an investigation is warranted. In certain circumstances, OAI may request assistance from Country Offices or other Bureaux/offices in conducting assessments. Decisions on which investigations should be pursued are made in accordance with the rules, policies and procedures of the Organization. The outcome of the assessment is either:
A case closure because of insufficient evidence, because the allegations do not fall within OAI’s mandate or because, for other reasons, an investigation is not warranted. While this often occurs in circumstances where a staff member has separated from UNDP, in such cases where a staff member separates during an investigation, the matter will be dealt with in accordance with paragraph 72 of the Legal Framework.
In cases from investigative services Miami Beach South Beach where a staff member has separated prior to the commencement of an investigation, the assessor will determine whether an investigation will be pursued. Assignment of the case to an investigator and the preparation of an investigation plan setting out the investigation required to objectively determine the factual basis, or otherwise, of the allegation(s). Investigations will commence as soon as possible following assignment, but owing to resource constraints, cases will be prioritized and pursued accordingly. OAI has the exclusive authority for determining whether to close a case or proceed with an investigation on the basis of OAI’s assessment.
8.2. Investigation: An investigative services Miami Beach South Beach is the process of planning and conducting appropriate lines of inquiry to obtain the evidence required to objectively determine the factual basis of allegations. This will include: (i) interviewing people with relevant information and recording their testimony; (ii) obtaining documents and other evidence; (iii) conducting financial and IT analysis; 42 (iv) evaluating information and evidence; and (v) reporting and making recommendations. OAI will conduct investigations expeditiously within the constraints of available resources. Based on the investigation plan, the Deputy Director (Investigations) will authorize the opening of an investigation where it appears that the following conditions are met:
The allegation is within the scope of OAI’s mandate; 2. The allegation appears, on its face, to be credible; and 3. In all of the circumstances an investigation appears to be warranted (taking into account, for example, the age of the matter, the appropriateness of non-investigative services Miami Beach South Beach actions, and whether the matter is trivial). 43 In certain circumstances, OAI may also prepare a management letter. Each of these documents is described below. 8.3. Reporting Closure Report Closure reports are internal, confidential documents prepared for investigations that do not result in a recommendation for consideration of disciplinary, administrative or other action. A closure report is normally used in the following circumstances:
- Where the evidence obtained in the course of the completed investigation does not substantiate the allegations;
- Where, due to the circumstances, further OAI investigation has not warranted the case will be closed. OAI will notify the complainant and the subject of a letter that the investigation has been closed. OAI will also inform the Director, LSO/BOM and other stakeholders that the case has been closed. The closure report remains internal to OAI unless disclosure is authorized, on a case by case basis, by the Deputy Director (Investigations) or the Director, OAI. Investigation Report If the investigation reveals adequate evidence to reasonably conclude that wrongdoing has occurred, the investigator will prepare an investigation report setting out the allegations, the investigation methodology and the facts established in the investigation.
Where the complaint involves more than one allegation, the investigation report will provide details of the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach steps undertaken to corroborate each allegation, the evidence gathered as relevant to each allegation, and the OAI finding relating to each allegation. The potential consequences of an investigation report vary depending on the contract modality of the subject. Specifically:
- If the subject is a UNDP staff member, the report is submitted to LSO/BOM for consideration of disciplinary proceedings or administrative action;
- If the subject is a service contractor or an individual contractor, a report is submitted to the responsible manager (Head of Country Office or of Bureau or Office) for review and further action;
- If the subject is a vendor, the report is submitted to the Vendor Review Committee for consideration of vendor sanctions;
- If the subject is a United Nations Volunteer (UNV), the report is submitted to the UNV Advisory Panel on Disciplinary Measure (APDM) Secretariat for consideration of disciplinary or other action; and
- If the subject is an intern, the remedy would be to terminate the internship agreement.
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Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach Techniques
Private investigators and their investigative services Miami Beach South Beach should have a thorough knowledge of research techniques, surveillance techniques, interviewing techniques, industry specific equipment and how to collect and preserve evidence. It is also imperative that private investigators understand how to take proper and complete notes. This section represents generally accepted practices throughout the private investigation industry.
Basic Locator Techniques for investigative services Miami Beach South Beach
Basic locator techniques and pre-investigation are the basis for all investigations. For example, it would not be possible to conduct surveillance without knowledge of the subject’s address.
This type of investigation has the potential to require an investigator to access and analyze a substantial amount of information. Therefore, it has the potential to pose the most concern to the individual being investigated and/or members of the general public. For this reason, basic locating and pre-investigative services Miami Beach South Beach work should be conducted in the most thorough and responsible fashion possible.
Before beginning an investigation of this nature it is essential that the investigator takes the time to properly identify the client a justifiable mandate for conducting the investigation. Questions that should be asked include (but are not limited to): “What is the specific information/service being requested?”; “For what purpose does the client require this information?”; “Is the request for information justified, or would it be considered ‘frivolous’?”; “Is obtaining this information lawful according to federal, provincial or municipal laws (e.g. PIPEDA)?”
To keep the search as non-intrusive as possible, it is preferable for the investigator to avoid overt investigative services Miami Beach South Beach techniques. Internet searches on the subject’s address or employment record may offer insight in an insurance surveillance, but an investigator should not, without lawful authority, attempt to obtain documents such as credit records, income tax or bank records.
Investigators may be hired to interview witnesses, caregivers, service providers, employers and neighbors. The key to a successful interview is to know the purpose of the interview.
When conducting an interview, private investigators should keep the following common practices in mind:
When appropriate, and a witness is expected to be cooperative, an appointment should be made, but under some circumstances, a “cold call” may be advisable. Be professional and courteous. State your business truthfully without revealing any confidential information.
When you begin the interview, greet your subject cordially. Identify yourself and show your private investigator license. Your approach may be formal or informal, depending on the person you are interviewing.
Once the individual has started to talk, do not interrupt them. Take notes, but don’t be too obvious. Control your emotions, and never react.
Take your time ending the interview. When it is apparent that the interview is over, be courteous and close the conversation. An expression of courtesy creates a favorable impression and ensures future cooperation.
Immediately after an interview, always write your investigative services Miami Beach South Beach report. In this report, you should include all pertinent information.
Undercover Operations and investigative services Miami Beach South Beach
Generally the undercover operation is the last resort after all other investigative services Miami Beach South Beach techniques have been exhausted or are not applicable. Other techniques may include assessments, interviews, interrogations, surveillance and camera installations.
Typically, private investigators will go undercover when they are required to investigate workplace-related issues. For example, a client may ask the investigator to pose as an employee in order to investigate possible theft being committed by another employee.
Interviews versus Interrogations Investigative services Miami Beach South Beach interviewing is an essential aspect of the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process for patrol officers, loss prevention agents detectives or other investigators. As most information comes from people; it is necessary to have knowledge and proficiency in interviewing. An interview is a conversation intended to elicit information. Interviews are generally non-accusatory. During the course of an investigation the investigator will conduct interviews with all available witnesses and potential suspects. The investigator should ask open-ended questions in an attempt to elicit as much information as possible. The interview subject should do most (75%) of the talking during the conversation (Reid & Associates, 2001).
If, during the interview it is found that the subject has lied, the investigator should generally not confront the subject. In most cases it is best to challenge a lie during a follow-up interview or once the interviewer has transitioned into an interrogation. An interrogation is a process by which suspects are questioned in regards to their involvement in the activity that gave rise to the investigation. The interrogation will involve the interviewer accusing the suspect. Interrogations may be scheduled at the conclusion of the investigation, after all of the evidence has been considered. There are also times when, depending on the suspect’s behavior, an interview will change into an interrogation. This step should not be taken lightly. Once the tone of the conversation has moved to accusatory it is virtually impossible to stop and go back to interviewing. In the interrogation the investigator will do most of the talking.
The questions asked of the suspect will be more direct and less open ended. Often, particularly in the private sector, the words interview and interrogation are used incorrectly. Perhaps worse is a tendency to drop the word interrogation altogether from the vocabulary in an attempt make the practice less threatening to the public, union representatives, human resource administrators, attorneys or corporate executives. There is little doubt that the word interrogation carries a negative connotation. That, however, does not change the fact that it is the proper term for an important step in the investigative services Miami Beach South Beach process. It is therefore important that the investigator has a clear goal in mind when having a conversation. If that conversation is intended as an interrogation (regardless of what it is called) the interviewer should keep that fact in mind and not allow the use of euphemisms to alter his or her approach.
Legal Considerations It is required that members of law enforcement agencies relay certain warnings (established by the Miranda Rule) prior to any custodial interrogation. These warnings include the suspect’s privilege against self-incrimination and his or her right to the presence and advice of an attorney. An interrogation is considered custodial when the suspect has been taken into custody or one has been deprived of their freedom to leave in any way (Barron’s, 1991). It is rare, but not unheard of, that private-sector investigators will be required to make suspects aware of their Miranda rights. When a security officer or private-sector investigator details and questions a suspect at the direction of a law enforcement officer one is considered to be acting under color of law and must advise the suspect of one’s rights.
This occurs most often when 1) security and law enforcement agencies partner in an investigation and 2) the conditions (generally the timing) dictate that an interrogation must be done by the security officer. In situations that require a subject be notified of his or her Miranda rights, regardless of whether an interrogation or accusatory interview is conducted by law enforcement or private security, the investigator should obtain a signed waiver of rights from the suspect prior to questioning. If the suspect chooses to exercise his or her rights under the Miranda rule, questioning regarding the investigation should stop.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees suspects facing custodial interrogation the same rights granted in the United States under Miranda. Canadian authorities are required to conclude the warning by asking if the subject wishes to contact an attorney “right now.” In the United States the Miranda warning typically ends with a suggestive question asking whether the subject will answer questions without representation.
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