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Supervisor Liability for Law Enforcement

Supervisor Liability for Law Enforcement

  • Matt Dolan
    Attorney & Director, Dolan Consulting Group, NC
  • Live Streamed, N/A
  • Mar 2, 2023
Course Length:
  • 1-day
Registration Fee:
  • $195.00 for first attendee, $95.00 for each additional

A promotion to a supervisory position is an invitation to enter the world of risk management.  Far too many supervisors are learning about these challenges through the process of trial and error—at great expense to themselves, their agencies, the people they lead and the public that they serve. It is vital to agency operations that supervisors are continuously considering the ramifications of their leadership decisions in the context of liability and risk management.

In this course, case law and recent real-world case studies will be utilized to illustrate the most common and costly liability issues confronting supervisors in law enforcement and effective strategies for minimizing that liability. This training is designed to prepare law enforcement supervisors to take preventative steps to limit supervisor liability, maintain organizational standards and protect the public trust.

Course Objectives:

  • The 3 most important questions in supervisor liability

            – What did you know?

            – When did you know it?

            – What did you do?

  • “Inspect what you expect”—taking on the role of early detection and intervention
  • Internal Affairs operations as an agency-wide undertaking
  • Sources of liability in personnel management
  • Making legally and ethically defensible hiring decisions

            – Long-term liability associated with “bad hires”

            – Failure-to-hire liability

            – The vital role of field training and the probationary process

  • The Just Cause Doctrine and consistent officer discipline
  • Performance evaluations—are they helping or hurting us?
  • Combating the diffusion of responsibility and the bystander effect as supervisors
  • Officer discipline, termination and the liabilities incurred by the failure to act


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