On Monday, April 24, 2017 Siana Bellwoar Partners, Michael G. Crotty, Eric M. Brown, Christopher P. Gerber and Sheryl L. Brown will be attending the 2017 PSATS Annual Educational Conference in Hershey, PA. Our partners look forward leading seminars on four different topics at this year’s conference. Read on to learn more about each program.
Sheryl L. Brown, Esquire proudly presents:
Electronics, Drones, and Phones: Is Your Township Ready?
Monday, April 24th, 1:15 pm – 2:25 pm
Drones and body cams are among the latest electronic devices to invade everyday life and our work environment. This session will review the state and federal laws and constitutional provisions that may apply when municipalities opt to add these innovations to their toolkit.
Michael G. Crotty, Esquire and Eric M. Brown, Esquire are proud to present:
Potential Bias Issues in Zoning and Land Development
Monday, April 24th, 2:45 pm – 3:55 pm
With development gaining steam, this workshop will provide a refresher on zoning procedures and case law to help townships develop a consistent method for processing applications and avoid bias and due process claims. The presenter will also explore emerging zoning and development trends, including the sharing economy, economic development incentives, and electronic signage.
*This seminar is one of two seminars selected for credit as part of the PSATS Municipal Government Academy in the category of “Planning” at the Conference. This allows attendees to receive extra credit toward Academy graduate requirements for attending the seminar.
Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire will lead two programs at the conference. As part of the Township Solicitor’s group workshop, Mr. Gerber will present:
The Role of Township Officials in Police Department Management
Monday, April 24th; The Township Solicitor’s Seminar runs from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
This session will address the roles of the Board of Supervisors, Chief of Police and Managers in connection with police department management. Mr. Gerber will discuss best practices in dealing with cases involving alleged police misconduct and neglect of duty in the context of civil rights litigation, labor disputes and claims of discrimination. The session will include the following issues:
- How much power does the Chief of Police really have?
- Who has the power and obligation to discipline police officers?
- How much information about an internal affairs investigation should be given to the Board or Manager
- Who is liable for a failure to properly supervise the police department?
- How to avoid improperly commingling the investigative and adjudicative processes.
Mr. Gerber’s second seminar is entitled:
Managing Municipal Police Departments
Monday, April 24th, 4:15 pm – 5:25 pm
Law enforcement has been the target of the news media as departments around the country face allegations of misconduct and see an uptick in violence against officers. There is no better time for townships to evaluate how they supervise their police force. This seminar will focus on legal issues that impact police department management and offer practical tips for complying with employment and civil rights laws to help your township improve efficiency and reduce legal exposure.
Each seminar will be held on Monday, April 24th in the Hershey Lodge facility. View the complete PSATS Conference agenda here.
The Partners of Siana Bellwoar look forward to seeing you at the conference!
All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Siana, Bellwoar & McAndrew, LLP. This publication is designed to provide general information relating to the covered subject matter. None of the information is offered, nor should be construed, as legal advice. Although prepared by professionals, this publication should not be utilized as a substitute for professional services in specific situations. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a professional should be sought.