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Police Misconduct: Early Intervention

Police Misconduct: Early Intervention

  • Brian McEwen
    Sergeant, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN
  • Brian Nanavaty
    Captain, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN
  • O'Fallon, MO
  • Midwest
  • Aug 21, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019
Registration Fee:
  • $390.00

In law enforcement agencies across the country, there is a natural tendency not to address the signs of police misconduct and personal distress until they reach a critical point—meaning that the professional and personal unraveling of officers is on display for the media, public trust is negatively affected and severe officer discipline, termination or other self-destructive officer outcomes are inevitable.  It is vital that agencies break this pattern and embrace pro-active hiring initiatives and early intervention as a method of minimizing the damage ultimately done to officer safety, public safety and officers’ livelihoods when cumulative issues—left untreated—rise to the level of crisis.

This course will prepare public safety professionals, human resources,  peer support, civilian support personnel, community advocates and union executives to craft strategies intended to address police misconduct and crisis in the early stages, save careers when possible and increase the safety of law enforcement professionals and the public they serve.

  • Identifying and addressing the factors that cloud judgment in the hiring process and lead to bad hires.
  • Investing in effective background investigations in the interest of the agency, the community and the applicants.
  • Implementing agency developmental programs that create partnerships at work and at home with the goal of arriving at retirement healthy.
  • Looking for resiliency during the recruiting and probationary process.
  • Understanding how to more effectively view your agency and new hires through a multi-generational lens rather than through the leader’s limited focus.
  • Recognizing how an understanding of emotional intelligence could positively impact officer behavior and interaction with the public through cognitive rather than emotional processing.
  • Addressing misconduct and performance issues in a way that is legally defensible through enhanced agency policies focusing on accountability and corrective measures.
  • Understanding the importance of early intervention before officers are in crisis.
  • Addressing the myth of “retraining” as a cure-all for police misconduct.
  • Asking what is the agency doing to keep its people healthy, and what are the safety ramifications to department members and the public if nothing is done?
  • Utilizing family and financial literacy training and other retirement planning education at the start of officers’ careers instead of waiting until it is too late.
  • Increasing intervention and accountability with the goal of decreasing discipline and minimizing liability.
  • Utilizing separation agreements and other non-adversarial methods when intervention strategies prove unsuccessful.


Hiring and Retiring Healthy

  • “Thank you for doing this training! Every law enforcement & their families should have this training! SO IMPORTANT!”

-Detective, Utah

Verbal De-escalation: Surviving Verbal Conflict

  • “…Lt. Nieters’ ability to teach this class truly gripped me into seeing [that] I need a change. Hope to attend further training.”

-Patrolman, South Carolina

Improving Public Perception of the Police

  • “Harry Dolan was one of the best instructors I have encountered in 28 years of service.”

-Lieutenant, Wisconsin

Courageous Leadership for Today’s Public Safety

  • “Chief Dolan seamlessly fused his knowledge of history, law enforcement and leadership to provide a wealth of information on this topic. Two days flew by, great course!”

-Officer, Pennsylvania

Homicide Investigation

  • “This course was one of the best & most informative courses I have ever taken. Capt. Babcock’s expertise in the course matter is excellent.’

-Deputy, Florida

Making Discipline Stick

  • “I would consider Matt to be a master orator. Kept a serious topic interesting with his unique and fantastic sense of humor.”

-Detective, South Dakota

Verbal De-escalation

  • “One of/if not the best training I’ve attended. Chief’s lectures were relatable, accurate, and captivating. I really enjoyed the entire week.”

-Officer, Virginia

Taking the Lead: Courageous Leadership

  • “Very well done. [I] look forward to sending my police leaders to future Dolan Consulting Group trainings!

- Chief, Pennsylvania

Evidence-Based First-Line Supervision Training

  • “This should be required for ALL leaders (or people in command) across the nation.”

-Sergeant, Texas

Verbal De-escalation: Surviving Verbal Conflict

  • “I’ve sent 2 of my team members to Verbal De-Escalation. I’ve had it & it’s an amazing class. After encounters, I see the 180 degree difference in these young officers! I will petition to send all of them.”

-Attendee, North Carolina

Developing Organizational Performance Leadership