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Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq.

Police Liability and Litigation

Terrence P. Dwyer retired from the New York State Police after a 22-year career as a Trooper and Investigator. He is a tenured professor of legal studies at Western Connecticut State University and an attorney consulting on law enforcement liability, disciplinary cases, critical incidents, and employment matters. He is the author of “Homeland Security Law: Issues and Analysis,” Cognella Publishing (2024).

Trooper Michael Proctor’s suspension due to inappropriate text messages serves as a stark reminder that anything written can become public and impact a case
Proper departmental training and officer implementation of best practices ensures those encounters with individuals in mental crisis end safely and not as another headline
The goal is always to have legally sustainable policy and practice guidelines in place that are supported by officer training
A recent spate of LODDs requires immediate action against the rising incivility, failed criminal justice reforms and the mental health crisis that endanger police officers’ lives
A look at the nuances of free speech related to threats, standards for home entry, use of force and qualified immunity, and evolving regulations on firearms
Some of those who espouse fair and impartial policing toward the public seem to ignore this fundamental right when overseeing matters impacting police officer rights
Rising incidents of recruit injuries and deaths highlight need for training reforms
It is worthwhile for police administrators to periodically review these agreements and for individual officers to have read and understood their roles in these efforts
Police1 columnist Terry Dwyer addresses key considerations around the collection and dissemination of information
Two Colorado prosecutions of officers for failing to intervene illustrate what makes a prosecutable case