Siana Law attorney Christopher P. Gerber is proud to collaborate with PSAB on the three-part online learning series: Proper Supervision of Municipal Police Departments. The program runs from May 4th, 2021 to May 18th, 2021. Visit the PSAB website to register.
The program description below was originally published on the PSAB website:
Operating a police department is one of the most important and costly services provided by local governments. This online series will provide an overview of the legal framework in which police departments work in PA and present an overview of the elements necessary for effective police department operations. Class size limited to 25 participants
Police Standard Operating Procedures
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 – 10:00 -11:30 am
Part One will be an overview of the foundational role of standard operating procedures in police departments. In today’s world, municipalities need policies which provide officers with clear direction as to their responsibilities. This section will discuss best practices which municipal officials and their police leaders can use to plan, research, write, review, and implement standard operating procedures. It will also provide practical tips to facilitate the process.
Police Department Liability for the Governing Body
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – 10:00-11:30 am
Part Two will address the major factors affecting municipal liability for police operations. This section will focus on the high-risk critical tasks, which are those police functions most likely to trigger municipal liability. It will also provide practical tips to help elected officials and police leaders reduce the potential for significant lapses which may result in liability.
Use of Force and De-Escalation Procedures
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – 10:00-11:30 am
Part Three will focus on police use of force and de-escalation. The legal authority to use force is one of the most significant aspects of policing, and this section will help municipal officials and police leaders meet their constitutional obligation to ensure officers use force reasonably. It will also address the use of de-escalation techniques, which can help safely resolve some police incidents with little or no force.
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