Risk Effective Decision Making


This course will teach officers how they can effectively manage the risks faced during an investigation, through the use of the Risk Effective Decision-Making model.

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Explain how Risk Effective Decision Making and Case Management encompass all aspects of an investigation as a systematic approach that uses basic business rules to investigate crime.
  • Explain how officers are trained to recognize a threat, assess it, weigh options, and respond appropriately.
  • Identify and categorize two main reasons why investigations are put at risk (human action/inaction and systematic factors).
  • Analyze and evaluate new information and revise your investigative goal.
  • Apply the if/then process to review your decision point and the outcome.
  • Recall the three components (N.R.A.) of the action imperative state and follow the three steps — information review, if/then process, and action imperative (N.R.A.) — to manage investigative risk.
  • Perform the “Necessary”, “Risk effective”, “Acceptable” step in the action imperative stage.
  • Comprehend the three distinct phases within Case Management.
  • Apply the necessary steps in the stability phase, the growth phase, and the finalization phase.
  • Distinguish between the different roles and the responsibilities of the Primary Investigator, Secondary Investigator, other resources, and an advisor.
  • Complete and recall the three phases of an investigation including the evaluation phases (Phase I: Stability, Phase II: Growth, Phase III: Finalization Phase).

This course is part of the Investigative Skills Education Program (ISEP) Level 200.


Target Audience

Sworn Police, Police Civilian, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer/Special Constable, Student, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees.




30 minutes

Content Provider

Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police