Police Civil Liability: A Survival Guide

Peace officers are the only government employees given the power of law to deprive someone of their liberty or take a human life instantly. In today's world of YouTube videos and social media postings, the public expects officers to deal with the crime and violence of the streets without becoming consumed by the drama, personal agendas, and moral decay around them. They must manage their emotions and biases and take control of every situation they encounter in a professional manner. This seminar teaches you how to lessen the chance you will be sued in state and federal court, decrease the possibility of a citizen complaint, and increase the professionalism of the information you convey. Upon completing this presentation, each attendee will be able to: Appreciate the specific legal exposures and civil liability risk factors of being a peace officer in today's environment, Articulate in a professional manner the specific facts supporting your split-second decisions in the field, Formulate a list of definitions for use in persuasively communicating what you do, Address anticipated civil litigation exposure areas to help reduce the filing of complaints, and Understand the verbal and non-verbal messages you're sending to the public. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact Michelle Aguayo by email, maguayo@cjpia.org, at least 48 hours in advance of the training date. (Duration: 4 Hours)
Topics Covered:
  • Why Cops Get Sued
  • Tort Claims And Litigation Against Cops - A Litigation Update
  • How To Describe A Use Of Force Situation To Lessen Civil Liability Exposure
  • How Cops Win Lawsuits
  • How Cops Lose Lawsuits
4 hours
Initial training for Law Enforcement Personnel
Who should attend:
Law Enforcement Personnel
As Needed
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