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Seminar Title:  
Use of Force, Deadly Force and Officer Involved Shootings

DATES:  12/3/2018 through 12/6/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Multiple Instructors

LOCATION:  Palace Station - 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV  89102

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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $525.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Chief Timothy J. Longo, Sr., J.D. (Retired)

Chief Longo began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore Police Department in 1981. In September of 1990, he was reassigned to the Education and Training Division as the agency's primary law instructor. April of 1993, he assumed command of the department's Special Investigation Section within the Internal Investigation Division. His duties focused on the investigation of criminal wrongdoing within the department's ranks. Chief Longo retired and served briefly as a Senior Associate with a public sector consulting firm in Rockville, Maryland. In February of 2001, he was selected to serve as the Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia where he retired in May of 2016. He is currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of Public Safety Administration for the University of Virginia and was appointed to a position within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to coordinate the development of a Master’s Degree Program in Public Safety Administration. Chief Longo is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore where he served as an Adjunct Professor. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, School of Law. Chief Longo lectures across America in the field of Ethics, Professional Standards and Internal Affairs.

David W. Rivers, Sgt. (Retired)
Metro-Dade Police Department
Miami, Florida

David Rivers retired as a Detective Sergeant in the Homicide Bureau of the Metro-Dade Police Department after over 27 years of service.  He was assigned to the Homicide Bureau for 20 of those 27 plus years.  As a lead investigator and supervisor he conducted and assisted in the conducting of several hundred investigations.  These include homicides, suicides, accidental and other death investigations.  In 1988 David was assigned as the Supervisor of the “Cold Case Squad” which was responsible for the continuing investigation of information received on over 1,800 open homicides dating back to 1951.  Additionally, he has consulted on cases in the United States, Canada, Holland and the United Kingdom.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Nova Southern University and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.

David is a charter member and past member of the Board of Director’s of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association. In 2012 he received an Excellence and Life Time Achievement Award from the International Homicide Investigator’s Association for Death Investigation and Training.

Additionally, he is a member of several state homicide investigators associations.  He is a current member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (I.L.E.E.T.A.), International Police Association (I.P.A.); Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (A.C.J.S.) and the Police Section of A.C.J.S.; in April of 2010 he was certified as a Force Science Analyst by the Force Science ® Institute Limited.

He is currently the President of Voice & Ink Enterprises, Inc., a Florida Corporation that specializes in law enforcement training and expert witness testimony.  He is a national instructor for the Public Agency Training Council a majority of the time and has instructed law enforcement officers in 46 states and three foreign countries.  He specializes in Homicide Investigation and Officer Involved Shootings.

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Course Objectives

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Training Goals and Objectives:
There is arguably no single event that can traumatize a police agency than a police officer involved shooting incident. The criticism and intense scrutiny generated by the media, community activists, the general public, and the criminal justice system itself, can be enormous. Civil judgments resulting from such cases can debilitate a police organization for years, have an adverse effect on employee morale, and hamper agency effectiveness through the erosion of public opinion. It is, therefore, imperative that every police department prepare in earnest for this inevitable eventuality. It is also essential that the investigator charged with the task of leading a police officer involved investigation become as equally prepared.

The purpose of this program is to prepare officers, supervisors, investigators and prosecutors in the proper response and investigation of serious use of force incidents and officer-involved shootings. What can an agency expect when an officer wounds or takes the life of a person? First, the agency can expect the onslaught of media attention. Second, the agency should expect that a criminal investigation  will be conducted by the agency or some outside entity. Third, the agency must recognize its responsibility to conduct an administrative investigation into the shooting or use of force. Finally, the agency that experiences an officer-involved shooting or any serious use of force should expect that a lawsuit will follow. Throughout all of this, the agency must ensure the well-being of the involved-officer.

Scene Response: This session will focus on issues related to the initial response to the scene by supervisors and investigators. It is imperative that evidence and witnesses are secured in a fashion that does not, in any way, taint the investigation or lead to charges of a cover-up by the involved agency. At the same time critical pieces of evidence that will assist agencies in documenting the event for later use in all of the expected forums, i.e. criminal investigation; administrative investigation and civil suit may forever be lost without a proper response. The agency’s treatment of the involved-officer may have resounding impact on the police agency and must be considered when dealing with the initial response.

Legal Issues: This session will examine the current legal trends in the use of force. Many of these trends are identified by examining lawsuits that both officers and agencies have faced following the use of deadly force. A clear understanding of the law relating to the use of force by law enforcement officers is essential in order to properly supervise, investigate or manage an officer-involved shooting event or serious use of force.

Administrative Investigation: The most important Internal Investigation that an agency will be faced with an officer-involved shooting. This investigation will be reviewed at multiple levels by persons outside the agency. This investigation, if not properly conducted, will be the subject of attack through lawsuits, outside commissions and the media. This session focuses on the best police practices relating to the internal investigation of officer-involved shootings. The session examines the distinction between the four necessary investigations; examines investigative techniques and emergency provisions for employees and supervisors.

Agency Review Process: Agencies must have a mechanism in place for reviewing use of force incidents. Low-level uses of force may be reviewed at the first-line supervisory level, while serious uses of force, including deadly force should be reviewed by a specified review panel. This session will focus on the process of use of force review and the options an agency may employ in the review process.

Officer Well-Being: The most important aspect of any police agency is people. The agency must always be focused on caring for the well-being of its personnel. Obviously, when an officer is faced with the traumatic event of an involved-shooting his or her well-being may be impacted. This session will examine the best-practices with respect to agency response to officers who have been involved in these critical incidents and focus on psychological issues relating to police shootings.

The Lawsuit: Participants will examine the common issues in a lawsuit involving a police use of deadly force including: failure to train issues; policy issues; agency response issues which affect liability; distinguishing agency liability from individual liability, and the concept of qualified immunity in the context of use of force cases.

Policy Development: Participants utilizing the foregoing sessions will identify the best practices in officer-involved shooting events and put those practices into an officer-involved shooting policy which can be tailored for any size agency. The policy should serve as a roadmap for officers, investigators and supervisors who are faced, for the first time, with an officer-involved shooting.

Media Issues During Officer Involved Shootings: An agency’s initial and follow-up response to the media can have a far-reaching impact on citizen reaction to the shooting and to allegations in the expected lawsuit. This session will focus on the best police practices with respect to media responses during these critical police incidents. Participants will be asked to prepare a press-release regarding an actual police shooting. These statements will be critically analyzed in order to outline the best police practices and heighten the participant’s sensitivity to responses that may come back to haunt the involved-officer, investigators, supervisors, agency executives, and ultimately the agency itself.

Criminal Investigation: In every police shooting involving injury or death, a criminal investigation will be conducted. This investigation takes a two-faceted approach that includes an investigation of the suspect’s acts as well as a determination of whether the officer’s use of force was consistent with the criminal law. The subject officers have 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendment Rights just like every other citizen of the United States. These rights must be considered for any investigation to be complete and valid. This session will focus on investigative issues relating to officer involved use of force.

Don’t Jump The Gun - A Gunshot Wound To A Suspect’s Back May Not Indicate A Problem: This session focuses on what every investigator needs to know before drawing any conclusions relative to the appropriateness of an officer-involved shooting. A suspect who has been shot in the back does not always mean that the officer fired a shot after the threat had passed. Numerous studies have lead to the conclusion that reaction time may account for wounds to a suspect’s back. Participants will learn how these studies can be applied in a practical manner to an officer-involved shooting investigation.

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