October 4, 2022 - October 5, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue Phone: 254-770-2200
Venue Website: https://ctcog.org/Address:
This sixteen (16) hour course is designed to teach law enforcement applicant
background investigators and oral interview board members a productive and
legal means of conducting these critical phases of applicant selection. The proper
selection of applicants has increasingly become more of a major issue due to increasing
complaints and litigation alleging negligent selection and retention, along with
persistent allegations of discrimination.
Each participant will receive a workbook, sample forms and supportive information
to guide future efforts in both areas of investigation and interview.
Topics to be covered in this seminar are:
◊ Fundamentals of the E.E.O.C. Guidelines.
◊ Relationship of EEO Guidelines to background investigations and
◊ Role of the investigator and interviewer in discrimination complaints
◊ Necessary documentation of investigation and interview procedures
◊ Determining job-related areas for investigation and interview.
◊ Objectives of the background investigation.
◊ Use of the Personal History Statement.
◊ Evaluation of background findings.
◊ Determination of personal characteristics for investigation and
◊ Pre-interview objectives.
◊ Interview objectives.
◊ Use of situational reasoning questions.
◊ Do’s and don’ts of successful interviewing.
◊ Rating the interview results.
The16 hour Background/Oral Interview Techniques class instructs the participants on
proper procedures of background investigation and preparation of an Interview
document for potential law enforcement applicants.
Time will be allotted for open class exchange of techniques of background Investigation
and oral Interview.
The Instructor of this course is Chris Bratton. Chris Bratton is a 50 year police veteran
that is currently serving as the Chief of Police for the Coleman, Texas police
His career spans time in patrol, investigative, and administrative divisions
and at one time or another served as a Commander in each of those areas. His career
also includes a short stint in a dual role as Police Chief and City Manager. Chris has
also been fortunate to have over 30 years as a crisis negotiator. He has been
leadership topics and has provided training to officers all around the United States and
Mexico. Chief Bratton has a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational
Psychology, holds a Master Peace Officer License, an Instructors License, and is a
graduate of the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and the Bill Blackwood
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. Chris Bratton is currently serving as
Chief of Police for the Coleman, Texas Police Department.
instructing law enforcement officers for over 25 years in both investigative and