Although investigators may interview witnesses in private, trying to keep their inquiries under wraps, sometimes they choose a more intrusive approach to let the company, the company’s leaders, the media, and other businesses know that the company has become the target of a government investigation. Together with a law enforcement agency, like the FBI or the local sheriff’s department or police department, a cadre of officers may burst into the business. In those instances, the officers yell for everyone in the office to step away from the computers and stop what they’re doing.
When law enforcement officers execute a search warrant, they may act loud and intimidating. The people working in the office will likely not know what constitutional protections exist. For this reason, the company should train people on important steps they can take to protect themselves. Potential training topics follow: