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On-demand webinar: Legal pitfalls on patrol: Lessons from case law

Experts review common issues that can cause problems not only for a patrol officer but all the way up the chain of command in an agency


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Patrol officers face many challenges while upholding the law. If an officer’s actions do not follow department policies and procedures, or established case law, that officer may face at best, administrative discipline, or at worst, a civil lawsuit or criminal charges. The officer’s agency and leadership may also be held liable for the officer’s behavior.

Understanding how case law guides department policies and procedures is critical for ensuring an officer makes not only the best decision but also the most legally defensible decision. However, the sheer volume of legal information that police officers are required to know and be able to apply – sometimes in a split second – in the conduct of their job on a day-to-day basis is staggering.

In this webinar, West Jordan (Utah) Police Chief Ken Wallentine and Police1 columnist Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq., discuss the common legal pitfalls that can cause problems not only for a patrol officer but all the way up the chain of command in an agency.

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Ken Wallentine is the chief of the West Jordan (Utah) Police Department and former chief of law enforcement for the Utah Attorney General. He has served over four decades in public safety, and is a legal expert and editor of Xiphos, a monthly national criminal procedure newsletter. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death and serves as a use of force consultant in state and federal criminal and civil litigation across the nation. He is the senior legal advisor for Lexipol.

Terrence P. Dwyer retired from the New York State Police after a 22-year career as a Trooper and Investigator. He is now a tenured professor in the Division of Justice and Law Administration at Western Connecticut State University and an attorney in private practice representing law enforcement officers in disciplinary cases, critical incidents, and employment matters. He is the author of “Legal Issues in Homeland Security,” Looseleaf Law Publications.