Seminar Title

2023 Law Enforcement Liability Risk Management Conference

Dates of Events

05/01/2023 through 05/03/2023

Last Updated: 02/01/2023
Instructor(s): John Jack Ryan, Steve Campbell, Brian Devlin, Jerry Rodriguez
Location: The Lodge at Deadwood - 100 Pine Crest Lane, Deadwood, SD 57732
Hotel: The Lodge at Deadwood - 100 Pine Crest Lane, Deadwood, SD 57732
Course Registration Fee: $425
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.

Steve Campbell
Stephen Campbell began his law enforcement career with the Providence Rhode Island Police Department which employs 500 sworn officers and retired after 28 years at the rank of Major, Chief of Detectives. He has conducted over 115 homicide investigations and dozens of suicides, accidental and natural causes death investigations.
Steve has been a Law Enforcement Trainer and Consultant with the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute for thirteen years.
Steve is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Policing at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) at Boston University. He is a graduate of the Williams Homicide School, New York State Police. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University, Bristol RI and a Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University, Newport RI.

Brian Devlin
Brian Devlin, Senior Vice President Insurance Program Managers Group (IPMG), specialized in industrial medicine and workers compensation rehab from 1992 to 1997. During that time he provided therapy and rehab services for a global large equipment manufacturer and eventually a large Chicago area hospital’s Industrial Medicine Program designing injury prevention programs to areas of high risk.
Brian moved from clinical healthcare in 1997, to a new market mono line workers’ compensation carrier to design and implement injury prevention programs. In his roles there, he was the branch manager and supervised the risk management team. He was responsible for risk management field operations, program/service design, TPA services and agency development that expanded from IL to 7 additional states using a clinical model of injury prevention.
Brian moved to alternative risk insurance in 2004 with responsibilities for program development, local agent development, and risk management service design and delivery to the industries of healthcare, and local public entity insurance. Brian manages the risk management program for a large public entity pool in IL and is a keynote speaker to national & state associations in the fields of public entity and healthcare risk management. His current position is Senior Vice President of Risk Management Services for IPMG.

Jerry Rodriguez
Jerry Rodriguez(retired) spent 35 years in law enforcement. Jerry's career includes four agencies and expanded from west coast to east coast, as well as three years as Chief of Investigations for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Bureau of Investigations.
Jerry's career also includes three years as Deputy Commissioner with the Professional Standards and Accountability Bureau with the Baltimore Police Department in Maryland. Jerry's academic accomplishments include a Masters in Leadership, Bachelors of Science, FBI National Academy and West Point Leadership Academy.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Join the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute and South Dakota’s top law enforcement loss control group Safety-Benefits Inc. for this year’s Risk Management/Loss Control/Claims Management Conference in Deadwood, South Dakota. A beautiful and scenic ride through the Black Hills takes you to Mount Rushmore which is 49 miles from Deadwood. Sturgis, home of the country’s largest Harley Davidson/Motorcycle event is 14 miles by car and also worth a visit.
Deadwood carries rich history and brings us back to a time when law enforcement was a single sheriff, his deputy, and a posse were the only law enforcement necessary. Deadwood came alive in the late 1800s when gold was discovered in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. The town’s history includes Wild Bill Hickok being gunned down and killed just a few short weeks after arriving in Deadwood to chase his fortune. The town has maintained its historic character.
Deadwood is booming once again with resort hotels, modern-day casinos, full-service spas and old-style top-rated restaurants.
Who Should Attend:
● Law Enforcement and Corrections Personnel that are trying to further professionalize the manner in which law enforcement services are delivered and Law Enforcement Personnel who are concerned about controlling increasing losses in their budgets due to significant insurance increases or losses in lawsuits. As G. Patrick Gallagher observed more than 40 years ago when discussing risk management in law enforcement, “That which enhances professionalism reduces liability and that which reduces liability enhances professionalism.”
● Law Enforcement/Corrections-Loss Control Managers and Personnel who seek proactive solutions to reduce losses in liability.
● Law Enforcement Claim Adjusters and Claim Managers trying to get a handle on case evaluations in an ever-changing environment.
Course Objectives:
Overview of Liability
While police officers may believe that they will be exposed to liability for all of their actions, both proper and improper, the fact of the matter is that most courts have avoided second-guessing police actions and have only sanctioned the most egregious conduct. There are various levels of liability that may exist when an officer’s actions are deemed improper. The purpose of this section is to provide a brief overview of the possible actions that may result from alleged police misconduct.
Agency Liability/Individual Liability
A difficult concept to understand is when an agency is liable for the actions of its officer(s) in a lawsuit. The short answer is that it depends. 

Monday, May 1, 2023
8:00 a.m.—8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
David Pfeifle, SDPAA Executive Director
9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Jack Ryan
Defining principles of loss-control and risk management in Law Enforcement/Corrections
● Loss Control and Risk Management within the agency itself
● Loss Control and Risk Management from Law Enforcement/ Corrections Insurance Partners
● How can out claims adjusters/managers help
● Working towards a data-driven approach to loss control
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Jack Ryan
The Nuts and Bolts of Law Enforcement/Corrections Liability
● The distinction between a federal civil right lawsuit and state tort actions brought as a result of law enforcement/corrections conduct
● The distinction between individual and entity liability in a civil rights §1983
● Why policy matters
● Why training matters
● Why supervision matters
● Why discipline matters
● How the words of the chief or sheriff can diminish liability or enhance liability
● Evaluating claims when there is an issue of entity liability as the moving force behind the officers’ actions
● Constitutional Law Enforcement/Corrections sets the floor/ best practices are opinions of the ceiling. How do we at least get to the floor. Remember if the judge or jury finds that an officer’s conduct is at least at the floor level, the civil rights lawsuit will fail against the officer and the entity.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
8:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Jack Ryan
Let’s get specific, strong liability trending in these areas, what can we do to diminish this liability, how should we evaluate the claim when it comes in
● Excited Delirium-the scientific debate and whether it matters to the Law Enforcement/Corrections operation
● Positional Asphyxia/Compression Asphyxia/Mechanical Asphyxiation
● Identifying the problem
● Taking steps to reduce the incidence of sudden in-custody death
● Claims evaluation of these cases and considering the options
● Neck Restraints
● Choke Hold /Respiratory Claims
● Carotid/Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint
● The science, the cases, the policies
● Understanding the issues in these claims
● Use of Force-the current state of affairs
● Emergency Vehicle Operation and Pursuit are still high profile
● Search and Seizure
● Dealing with the Mentally Ill and Emotionally Disturbed
● Wrongful Conviction-Big Dollars-What to do when these claims come in
● Care of Arrestees/Prisoners
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Jack Ryan
Digital Evidence is changing the playing field/Body-Worn Cameras, In-Car Cameras, Ring Cameras, Nanny Cams, Pet Cameras, Private Cell-Phones and Cameras—Everything is subject to capture
●Spoliation of evidence, retention of the available digital evidence particularly when there is the possibility of a claim
● The problem with single frame analysis and how it differs from an officer’s reaction in real-time
● The ongoing debate of allowing officer to watch video before a statement
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m.
Brian Devlin
Shaping and influencing liability and losses by managing public information and social media
● 7 million dollar loss one claim
2:30 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
Jerry Rodriguez
Internal Affairs and inspections can provide you with the best Indicator of law suits and litigations
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion; Where are the losses and how pools are managing the different claims
9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Steve Campbell
Agency audits of policies, procedures and practices
12:00 p.m.
Certificate Presentation
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