Free Webinar Registration: Social Media and First Amendment

Join us Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM EST for a FREE webinar open to everyone. Register Now → Please join Attorney Eric Daigle and Attorney Eric Atstupenas for a lively and engaging webinar to discuss the topic of Social Media and First Amendment Implications. This webinar will review legal standards applicable to disciplining public […]

You’re In My House: Examining Criminal Charges in Use of Force Incidents

Uses of Force cases have been a compelling issue for police officers. In our age of social media and a wide array of opinions on how police officers should operate it has become more difficult to do our jobs. What can make this topic an even more complicated one is that police officers are already […]

Early Bird Registration: First Amendment Summit – May 29-31, 2019

Early Bird Registration now open! Join us for our all-new summit May 29-31, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Register Now → The First Amendment Summit will provide your agency with the confidence to respond in a constitutionally-minded manner. Summit Overview It is not sufficient for law enforcement personnel to confine their constitutional comfort levels and […]

Legal Update December 2018 Case Summaries

Prepared by the Legal Training Division at FLETC Circuit Court of Appeals First Circuit Begin v. Drouin, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 32448 (1st Cir. ME Nov. 16, 2018) Jason Begin was on supervised release from a psychiatric hospital when hospital officials determined that he needed to be recommitted to the facility. Anticipating that Begin would […]

Use of Deadly Force Against Man’s Best Friend

Police use of force often results in negative media attention, civil suits, ridicule, and an emotionally charged community. These encounters are often captured on video and quickly go viral on the internet. As with police encounters involving citizens, attention to dog shooting incidents has increased creating more animosity toward law enforcement from the public. Headlines […]

Off-Duty Officers and When to Intervene

Having an effective Off-Duty policy that provides guidance to officers on their legal responsibilities and required notifications has become essential.  With this knowledge comes an important question: what happens if an officer is caught in the middle of a crime while they are off-duty? With current widespread animosity toward the police, officers may question if […]

Announcing: First Amendment Summit – May 29-31, 2019

Join us for our all-new summit May 29-31, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Registration opens January 15, 2019. The First Amendment Summit will provide your agency with the confidence to respond in a constitutionally-minded manner. Summit Overview It is not sufficient for law enforcement personnel to confine their constitutional comfort levels and knowledge base […]

New study on shooting accuracy. How does your agency stack up?

The newest study of police shooting accuracy in deadly force encounters reflects the experience of just one municipal department. But to whatever extent the findings can be generalized, the picture is indeed a disturbing one. Researchers analyzed 149 real-life OISs recorded over a 15-year period by Dallas (TX) PD. In nearly half of these encounters, […]