Resource Library

Our Resource Library contains free downloads of some of the reference material cited in many of our publications and projects.   Individual reference items below consists of the Document Title followed by the number of times the document has been downloaded. Simply click on the link to download.

1.    Report Regarding the Failure of Internal Affairs in Preventing Officer Retribution This report was delivered to the Houston Police Department in the Fall of 2010 specific to retribution against citizens after filing an IAD complaint against a police officer.

Report Regarding the Failure of HPD Internal Affairs in Preventing Officer Retribution

2.   In September of 2009 the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Office released Building Trust Between the Police and the Citizens They Serve: An Internal Affairs Promising Practices Guide for Local Law Enforcement. This guide examines all aspects of IA operations and recommends strategies to improve and sustain community trust building, regardless of agency size.

Building Trust Between the Police and the Citizens They Serve: An Internal Affairs Promising Practices Guide for Local Law Enforcement.

3.   This paper illustrates what should be the minimum points of discussion for training officers about liability for police actions primarily in the federal realm specific to 1983 Civil Rights claims.   It is intended as a refresher on liability issues for experienced police officers and police trainers and as an introduction to those issues for persons new to the police force.

Suggested Topics for Training Police Departments in Section 1983 Liability

4.   This report, Standards and Guidelines for Internal Affairs: Recommendations from a Community of Practice, was developed by the National Internal Affairs Community of Practice group, a collaborative partnership of the Los Angeles (California) Police Department and 11 other major city and county law enforcement agencies. Published by the Justice Department, it is considered a manual of standards by which any police department can benchmark its internal affairs division.

Standards and Guidelines for Internal Affairs: Recommendations from a Community of Practice (282)

5.   D.A. Intake Management This is the instruction manual by which criminal charges are entered and managed in the Harris County Justice Information System.

Harris County District Attorney Intake Manual

6.   TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMPUTER APPLICATIONS Providing Access to Criminal Incarceration and Parole Records Maintained by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice –  Adapted by the Harris County Justice Information Management System.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Computer Applications

7.   LPER Person Master Inquiry Harris County Criminal System A user guide to accessing active and inactive SPN person records though the Harris County Justice Information Management System.

LPER Person Master Inquiry Harris County Criminal System

8.   Criminal System Orientation Manual – Welcome to JIMS The Harris County Justice Information Management System (JIMS) was established by the Harris County Commissioners’ Court in 1977. It uses a central computer for its information needs. Access to the centralized source is available through approximately 7,000 computer terminals installed throughout the county.

Harris County JIMS Criminal System Orientation Manual

9.   Civil Inquiry Manual Model 204 Harris County Justice Information Management System JIMS is an integrated system with data being shared by many agencies. The county justice agencies that enter records into the system include the District Clerk, District Attorney, District Courts, County Criminal Courts at Law, Constables, Sheriff, Justices of the Peace, and Community Supervision and Corrections. This manual explains how JIMS automates many of the functions of the District Clerk’s Office Civil Division.

Harris County JIMS Civil Inquiry Model 204  Manual

10.  Harris County District Attorney’s Office Operations Manual This 400 page manual details all areas of operations from employment conditions to criminal intake and specific trial instructions.

Harris County District Attorney’s Office Operations Manual

11.  Roster of US Citizen Oversight Agencies for Police Departments This is a comprehensive list of Citizen Oversight Agencies and their associated responsibilities and authorities.

Roster of US Citizen Oversight Agencies for Police Departments

12.  Rotten Apple or Rotten Barrel?: The Role of Civil Rights Lawyers in Ending the Culture of Police Violence The problem of police violence is a persistent one in American society.  From drug running, to murder for hire contracts, to torture of suspected criminals, police officers from practically every major city in America have been involved in some of the most scandalous dramas in American history.

Rotten Apple or Rotten Barrel?: The Role of Civil Rights Lawyers in Ending the Culture of Police Violence