Seminar Title

Emerging Legal Trends & Liability Management for Tactical, SWAT & Emergency Response Operations

Dates of Events

03/07/2023 through 03/08/2023

Last Updated: 11/17/2022
Instructor(s): John Jack Ryan
Location: Conway Police Department - 1600 9th Avenue, Conway, SC 29526
Hotel: Hampton Inn Myrtle Beach West - 4551 Highway 501, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
Course Registration Fee: $295
Instructor Bio
Event Detail-2
John Jack Ryan
Jack Ryan is an attorney in Rhode Island, a graduate Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude Suffolk University Law School and has 20 years of law enforcement experience as a police officer with the Providence Police Department, Providence, RI.

Jack’s law degree and experience as a police officer gives him the unique perspective of public safety legal and liability issues. Jack is a former adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University and lectures frequently throughout the United States. He has authored several legal publications, including the LLRMI Best Selling “Legal Guide for Law Enforcement Officers and Supervisors” – an annually updated quick reference guide to U.S. Supreme Court case law impacting law enforcement policies and procedures. Jack has authored "Law Enforcement Best Practices" 6th Edition, "Jail and Best Practices", and "Emerging Legal Trends for SWAT, Tactical and Emergency Response Operations" Jack has written policies and procedures that have been adopted by over 1,000 law enforcement and corrections agencies across the United States.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
One of the most critical tasks in law enforcement involves the use of tactical officers to accomplish high risk operations. While the success of these operations requires extensive training and proper equipment, success also requires sound decision making from the moment the decision is made to utilize a tactical response to a police event. The decision itself may even be scrutinized with twenty-twenty hindsight.
Over the last decade, tactical operations have come under the scrutiny of the courts. The scrutiny is largely the results of lawsuits filed against agencies and officers following a tactical operations. Much of the developing law can be found in reported decisions of the federal courts. The course utilizes the case-study approach in order to identify the important policy and practice considerations that will assist tactical commanders; supervisors and officers make legally defensible decisions without compromising operations during tactical events.
The program takes a three-tier approach.
First, participants will be presented with the legal cases that impact tactical operations and ultimately, liability. Second, participants will be presented with policy issues that may be considered for implementation. Third, the training turns toward the practical implementation of the legal and policy issues in a manner that does not compromise tactical operations or officer safety.
The course is unique in the fact that it takes a practical approach to legal principles impacting tactical operations and provides a road map to an operational implementation of the legal principles without hindering operations or compromising officer safety.
Upon Completion: Participants will gain knowledge in the following areas: Liability in Law Enforcement Operations: This session focuses on civil liability for individual officers in the various law enforcement tasks. Using the task oriented approach; the session will be limited to those areas that are also applicable to the tactical officer.
Agency Liability: This session reviews the law with respect to agency liability. Students will be presented with the law relating to civil rights claims brought against an agency as the result of an officer’s conduct.
Training: This session examines the law relating to an agency’s failure to train officers for recurring (foreseeable) police tasks.
Liability in Tactical Operations: This session utilizes the principles from the previous sessions in reviewing cases with direct application to tactical operations.
Selection and Training: Case review with respect to how selection of candidates for specialized tactical units may impact liability as a result of operations. The session will incorporate the legal implications of entry-level and on-going training for specialized operations.
The Failure to Plan: The subject of discussion during this portion of the course involves cases where agencies failed to plan the tactical response, notwithstanding having the time to do so. A second category of legal issues will be reviewed involving cases where a plan was made, but developed in light of poor intelligence and leading to a failure of the mission, as well as, liability.
Tactical Issues: The session will begin with an examination of recent cases which consider the events leading up to the need to use deadly force as impacting the ultimate use of force. This section will also examine court decisions relating to various tactics utilized during tactical operations i.e. distraction devices, bean-bag rounds, tasers, chemical deployment and other less-lethal options.
Supervisory Liability: A supervisor may have liability where they actively participate in a tactical operation. Supervisors also have liability when, although not participating in the incident giving rise to the lawsuit, they have failed to supervise a subordinate tactical officer over a period of time leading up to the incident. This session focuses on elements or supervisory liability in the tactical function.
Special Considerations: Several of the varying types of tactical circumstances that a team may face have already been the subject of legal scrutiny. This session utilizes the case-study method to examine the developing law in the following areas:
Emotionally Disturbed Persons: The developing law with respect tactics utilized when dealing with emotionally disturbed persons.
Suicide By Cop: Legal issues applicable to tactical operations with known suicidal persons.
Hostages: The legal realities of a duty to protect hostages.
High Risk Warrant Service/No Knock Warrants: The legal implications of utilizing a tactical unit for high risk warrant service.
Regional Tactical Units: Who takes the liability when things go bad?
Policy Development: Developing the most defensible policy and training for tactical teams. Making you and your agency a difficult target for plaintiff's attorney.
Applying the legal principles to an operational model that does not hinder tactical operations or compromise officer safety.

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