Event Detail-32021-01-08T14:29:36-05:00
Seminar Title

Online - Compelled Statements (Garrity): New Challenges and Developments for 2021

Dates of Events

02/25/2021 through 02/25/2021

Last Updated: 03/03/2021
Instructor(s): Lou Reiter
Course Registration Fee: $99
Instructor Bio
Lou Reiter currently is a police consultant. He offers three (3) separate professional services to the law enforcement community. He provides training to police groups in the high liability areas of use of force, emergency vehicle operations, high risk operations, investigations of citizen complaints, Internal Affairs procedures, investigation of critical incidents, and liability management. He will normally conduct 15-20 of these programs ranging from 2 hours to 5 days in length. The primary seminars are a 2-1/2 day program on Internal Affairs and Police Discipline and a 5 day program on investigation of police use of force incidents.

Each year, Lou also conducts an average of 5-10 agency management audits and liability assessments. These have been for state, county and municipal police operations. The size of these agencies has been from 3 persons to 39,000 employees. These audits allow him to be in police cars up to 100 hours each year. He has been a consultant on 8 U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, investigations of agencies involving patterns and practices of Constitutional violations. He was selected as a Federal Court monitor for the Consent Decree of Colln v. Ventura County Sheriff's Department, CA.

Lou provides litigation consultation to attorney firms involved in police civil actions. Since 1983, Lou has been retained in over 1100 such cases in nearly every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This has been on both sides of the table with approximately 60 percent being for plaintiffs.

Lou Reiter was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981. During that tenure he had 22 different assignments and rose through to ranks to retire as Deputy Chief of Police. About 70 percent of his time was spent in uniformed operations while the bulk of the remainder was in Internal Affairs, use of force review, training and personnel administration.

Lou has been published throughout his professional career. He was one of the principle researchers and authors of the 1973 Police Task Force Reportof the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Standards and Goals, where he authored the chapters on Internal Discipline, Training and Management-Employee Relations. Reiter has recently authored the 3rd Edition Law Enforcement Administrative Investigations guide: A Manual for Citizen Complaints, Administrative Investigations and Internal Affairs which will be provided to seminar participants.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 11am-12:30pm Eastern

It has been over 50 years since
Garrity was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and established ground rules for compelling public employees to give statements during administrative investigations. There have been relatively few challenges to that case and the cases that followed it, and none have been successful. Yet there still appears to be some misunderstanding on its application. Law enforcement agencies use compelled employee statements probably more than any other public agency.

Since the George Floyd incident last year (hard to believe it’s been less than one year) the environment has rapidly changed for law enforcement administrative investigations. Even today more and more state legislative bodies are implementing new laws and procedures that are affecting the way we conduct these investigations. Even the COVID pandemic has resulted in new challenges for agencies. This webinar will address:

• Basics of
Garrity and compelling government employees to provide testimony during administrative investigations
• New pressures since
George Floyd
• Conducting distant interviews
• Terminations apparently without considering CBA and due process rights
• Other options for employee statements considering increased criminal prosecution potential
• Issues for external oversight and outside investigation of administrative misconduct
• Investigative and discipline considerations in the era of these new pressures.

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive an E-mail 1 day prior to the event that will include a link to join the training. Your registration for this online training will give you access to the live session, as well as 30 days of access to the recorded version of the training once the live session has ended.

Group Viewing Encouraged: Multiple attendees can view the training from one single location and each attendee can receive a certificate.

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