Doug Bedell — January 8, 2020, 11:36 am

What a Whistleblower Needs to Know

Erik Kleinsmith of American Military University discusses what a whistleblower does, along with his own experience of being one, on the In Public Safety blog. It’s not something you do casually.

“The single most powerful armament the whistleblower has” he odvises, “is his credibility. After all, it is your word against the status quo, your word against an organization that has condoned the problem, and your word against those involved with the problem that have a vested interest in making the issue go away.

“A typical strategy for those implicated by whistleblowers is to deny everything, admit nothing, discredit the accuser, and throw out counter-accusations to deflect from the original problem. As a whistleblower, know that your credibility must survive every assault that will come in both the short- and long-term.”

So understand the rules and regulations for being a whistleblower. Erik obligingly provides them.

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