Course Catalogue

Risk Effective Decision Making

Risk Effective Decision Making

This course merges and adapts content from the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General's blended Investigative Skills Education Program (ISEP) to provide stand alone training for investigators in the national police community.

From the moment investigators are dispatched to a call through to the prosecution of a case before the courts, investigators constantly face risk in nearly every aspect of an investigation. Some of these risks are systemic in nature while others involve human factors. Police are not immune from liability under the law of negligence and knowing where risk is present is important in managing or mitigating investigative risk.

By exploring current case law that addresses the expectations and liability faced by investigators and reviewing accepted decision making practices, the Risk Effective Decision Making course helps learners understand of the nature of investigative risk and to apply a standardized model for making and defending risk effective investigative decisions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by "duty and standard of care" of a suspect
  • Compare the similarities between a use of force decision making model and an investigative decision making model
  • Explain the importance of using a risk effective decision making model to manage investigations.
  • Define and list human risk factors
  • Define and list systematic risk factors
  • Compare and contrast human versus systematic risk factors
  • Explain a decision-making matrix and describe each step within the matrix: Information review, If/Then process, Action Imperative (NRA)
  • Apply the decision-making matrix to a scenario
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritize various exploratory options to mitigate investigative risk

Target Audience

This course is designed for Senior Constables and newly promoted police officers assigned to investigative roles or teams.

Content Provider

The content for this course was developed by Alberta Justice and Solicitor General in collaboration with Edmonton Police Service and other agencies.


Price: $25.00

Content Provider: Alberta Justice and Solicitor General

Language: English

Length: 30 minutes


Release Date: 2012-08-07