Lexipol webinars are designed to be both entertaining and educational. Nationally renowned speakers tackle the complex issues facing public safety agencies, sharing real-world experiences and practical strategies for leaders and line personnel alike.
All webinars are free of charge and are available as recorded events after the presentation dates.
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10 Ways to Lose Police Lawsuits
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1 pm ET/10 am PT
Presented by Bruce Praet
All law enforcement officers live with the very real possibility of getting sued. And even if you know you did everything right, having to defend yourself in civil court is an inherently uncomfortable experience. Unfortunately, many officers complicate the situation by clinging to beliefs that, when brought out in court, can have disastrous repercussions.
This webinar will help agencies and individual officers understand how they can strengthen their defense and avoid common mistakes when involved in civil litigation—from before the incident even happens to the day in court. Drawing on 10 years as an officer and 32 years representing officers, Lexipol co-founder and attorney Bruce Praet will outline 10 mindsets that can jeopardize an officer’s civil defense.
• Common mistakes officers make, from report writing to social media, that can negatively impact civil cases.
• Key differences in the challenges officers face when testifying in civil vs. criminal cases.
• The role policy and training play in creating a solid civil defense.
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Making Community/Police Engagement a Reality: Approaches from 3 Agencies
Media reports often depict the police and public as pitted against one another, a chasm of distrust separating them. In fact, many law enforcement agencies are achieving significant successes in community/police engagement. In this webinar, Lexipol co-founder Gordon Graham moderates a lively discussion among representatives from three agencies actively engaged in their communities. The programs used are quite different, but each provides ways to improve communication with community members, build partnerships and enhance public safety.
Responding Safer, Together: Law Enforcement Operations on the Fireground
Presented in partnership with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors
Although police and firefighters often respond together and both play critical roles at fire scenes, in most communities neither group gets much training on the other’s role. This webinar brings together fire and law enforcement presenters and attendees to discuss how firefighters and officers can work together effectively and safely on the fireground.
Reducing Risk in the Correctional Environment: 5 Key Policy Areas
Many jails lack sound policies that can help correctional officers navigate complex, high-risk decisions. The result? Lawsuits and personnel grievances, situations that turn violent and incidents that ruin the reputation of jail administrators. In this webinar, Linda Bryant and Mark Chamberlain share what policy areas pose the most risk to correctional facilities and how policies built on national best practices and state/federal laws can help eliminate these hidden risks.
A Rational Approach to Incorporating De-Escalation into Policy
De-escalation is hardly a new concept, but in the wake of several recent police encounters with tragic outcomes, the media and some civilian groups have zeroed in on it. Responding to this scrutiny, some law enforcement agencies are reworking their use of force policies to stress the need for officers to take measures to defuse situations before resorting to force. Although de-escalation tactics are an essential tool for patrol officers, mandating de-escalation is a slippery slope. It can have the reverse effect, endangering officers who may hesitate to use reasonable use of force. This session explores how agencies can effectively incorporate de-escalation principles into policy without creating confusing or inconsistent policies.
Firefighters Under Fire: Learning from Active-Shooter Incidents
Active-shooter incidents are a classic high-risk, low-frequency event. Most firefighters will never experience one. But for those who do, the consequences can be devastating, even fatal. Although it’s impossible to anticipate and avoid most violent incidents, studying past events can provide clues for what to expect—and how to better prepare your personnel. In this webinar, chief officers from three departments recount their experiences in responding to an active-shooter situation. While each incident was unique, the presenters identify common denominators that can help departments and individuals lessen the devastating impact of responding to active-shooter and other violent events.
Immigration Violations & Law Enforcement: Cutting Through the Rhetoric
Communities—and law enforcement agencies—are being pulled in many different directions when it comes to the issue of Illegal immigration. The new presidential administration has signaled a shift in federal law enforcement priorities, pressuring agencies to cooperate with ICE and DHS. At the same time, activist groups are pushing law enforcement leaders to commit to protecting undocumented immigrants and refusing to aid federal authorities enforce immigration laws. With all the emotions involved, it’s easy for law enforcement leaders and patrol officers to question their policies on immigration violation. In this webinar, Chief Andrew Mills and Chief Ken Wallentine present a commonsense, legally grounded approach to immigration violations policy.
Feeling Sleepy? How Officer Fatigue Creates Individual and Agency Risk
Almost every law enforcement officer has dealt with fatigue caused by shift work and other job-related factors. It’s a serious problem—yet few agencies recognize the risks fatigue presents or are taking a proactive approach to addressing it. In this presentation, Dr. Lois James, Dr. Stephen James and Gordon Graham reveal the effects of sleep loss and shift work on law enforcement officers’ decision-making, critical thinking, coordination and balance, driving and more. They also provide practical steps agencies and officers can take to minimize the effects of officer fatigue and reduce associated risks.
Think You’re Ready to Testify? How to Effectively Prepare for Depositions & Cross-Examinations
Until they have been cross-examined by a skilled attorney in a federal lawsuit, most officers don’t realize the stark difference between being a witness and a defendant, and how their original reports will be put under a microscope in court. In this presentation, Lexipol co-founder and attorney Bruce Praet shares key insights gleaned from 32 years representing officers and agencies in court, including why testimony starts with your original police report, how to prepare reports that withstand courtroom scrutiny and actions officers must take to ensure they’re adequately prepared to explain and justify their actions to a jury.
Highway Safety and Survival: 6 Essential Steps for First Responders
Each year, hundreds of emergency responders die or are seriously hurt while operating at incidents on highways. These deaths and injuries affect firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel—and they are often preventable. While we can’t change the fact that many drivers are distracted and driving too fast, we can change how we operate to increase our chances of survival. Join Lexipol and ResponderSafety.com to explore why first responders get hurt and killed while operating at highway incidents, and practical strategies law enforcement officers and firefighters can use to mitigate the dangers.
Sizing Up Firefighter Suicide
According to one study, firefighters are three times more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty. In a national study of 1,000 firefighters by researchers from Florida State University, nearly half of the respondents said they had suicidal thoughts at one or more points in their firefighting career. Yet many departments fail to provide training and resources to help firefighters and officers mitigate the emotional toll of a career in emergency services and recognize warning signs that may point to firefighters being in trouble. Join Capt. Frank Leto, Sean Riley and Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder for an honest look at firefighter suicide and what each of us can do to reduce the number of firefighters who take their own lives.
Pay Now or Pay MORE Later: How to Save Thousands with a Quick Settlement Program
Your officer blows a stop sign en route to a hot call and takes out the family car. Your police dog bites a homeless person sleeping behind a dumpster. As Forrest Gump once said, “Stuff happens.” Should you do the right thing and make a friend for law enforcement by promptly compensating these folks—or would you rather pay attorneys a lot of money to alienate these innocent victims and eventually pay far more than you should have paid? In this webinar, Lexipol co-founder Bruce Praet explains how to set up an early settlement program that will save your agency thousands of dollars and improve public relations.
Point/Counterpoint: Exploring the Debate over Officer Viewing of Video Footage
More and more agencies are deploying body cameras. These tools can be essential to an investigation, but they raise complex questions when officers are involved in critical incidents. Should officers be allowed to view body camera and other video footage prior to filing a report? In this webinar, use of force expert Ken Wallentine shares an investigator’s perspective, while nationally known legal presenter Laura Scarry shares the litigator’s perspective. In addition, Grant Fredericks, a Certified Forensic Video Analyst, provides need-to-know technical information about video and how it can affect perception of an event. The webinar also touche on how current Lexipol policy gives agencies guidance when making decisions about viewing body camera footage.
I Just Shot Someone. What’s Next?
The good news is that many small and mid-sized agencies only have an officer-involved shooting every few years – the bad news is that these agencies only have an officer-involved shooting every few years. When they do occur, you can be left scrambling. What needs to happen, and when? Who should investigate? How can you protect your officer but also ensure proper accountability? Join Lexipol co-founder Bruce Praet in this free special event to understand better what happens following an OIS, what officers and agencies should expect – and how to prepare.
Free Speech? Understanding How and When Departments Can Limit What Firefighters Say
When is a firefighter free to speak his/her mind? When is a department free to discipline a firefighter for certain kinds of speech? Although this issue crops up most often as a result of social media postings, it goes far beyond that as well. Curt Varone, Esq., Deputy Asst. Chief (ret.) for Providence (RI) Fire Department, and Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department, present an engaging discussion on firefighter free speech and expression. Using real-world examples, we’ll shed some light on this divisive issue and provide some practical tips for all ranks, from firefighters to chiefs.
Below 100: Creating Lasting Behavioral Change—That Saves Lives
You probably already know about the 5 key tenets of Below 100. But creating lasting behavioral change is more complicated than just memorizing the tenets. It requires an understanding of the risks that law enforcement officers face throughout their career and how Below 100 can be used in each stage of an officer’s career. Join Gordon Graham and Dale Stockton for a discussion on how to apply the 5 key tenets of Below 100. The goal: lasting behavioral change, that saves lives.
From Baby Wipes to Annual Exams: Fighting Cancer in the Fire Service
An all-star cast of presenters discusses what’s driving rates of cancer among firefighters and how we can make behavioral and policy changes to improve our chances of survival. Presented by Chief Dennis Compton, Chairman, NFFF; Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder, Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department; and Chief Bobby Halton, Editor-in-Chief, Fire Engineering Magazine, Education Director, FDIC.
Still Clinging to a Use of Force Continuum or Labeling Force Levels? You’re at Risk!
Use of force continuums, other escalation scales and labeling various force options as “levels” of force were widely promoted for years. But modern case law makes many of these models and labels outdated and ill-advised. If your policy hasn’t evolved over time, you’re probably at significant risk. Lexipol co-founder and attorney Bruce Praet presents the key elements of a more practical and legally defensible use of force policy.
No Comment: How Not to Speak to the Media
Following an adverse incident, all eyes—and microphones—are on law enforcement leaders. What you say and how you say it can have a significant impact on how the story is portrayed in the media, which in turn can impact legal action and long-term community trust and support. Yet too many law enforcement leaders struggle when talking with the media. Gordon Graham and Frank Cowan present a frank discussion on the importance of savvy media communications and practical tips you can apply so you’re effective the next time the spotlight is on you.
Eyewitness Identification: Best Practices and Strategies to Prevent Wrongful Convictions
Eyewitness misidentification plays a role in about 75% of convictions overturned through DNA testing—and therefore likely has a much wider impact across convictions as a whole. Yet witnesses tend to rate their powers of recall highly. If your officers aren’t using the most up-to-date eyewitness identification techniques, you’re vulnerable to legal challenges and liability associated with wrongful convictions. In this webinar, Chief Ken Wallentine and Lexipol Legal Vice President Leslie Stevens share research and legislation regarding eyewitness identification and policy recommendations for obtaining accurate, unbiased identifications.
Priority of Life: A Model for Improving Officer Safety and Reducing Risk
Law enforcement agency mission statements necessarily stress the value of all human life, but this focus fails to account for the fact that sometimes, officers will face situations where they must prioritize certain lives over others. In this webinar, Chief (Ret.) Mike Ranalli shares how your agency can incorporate the concept of “Priority of Life” to give officers more practical instruction on use of force.
Learning from Armstrong: Preparing Officers for Interaction with Persons with Mental Illness
Law enforcement officers are increasingly called to respond to incidents involving persons with mental illness. These interactions are fraught with risks—for the individual in crisis, the officers and the department. Adding to the pressure are several recent court decisions that have put law enforcement agencies “on notice” to better train officers to recognize the signs of mental illness and adjust tactics accordingly. In this webinar, Ron Bruno and Ken Wallentine explore the Armstrong decision and other recent court rulings, and share best practices in de-escalation and crisis intervention training.