Seminar Title

Online- Critical Times for Compelled (Garrity) Statements

Dates of Events

10/27/2021 through 10/27/2021

Last Updated: 10/24/2021
Instructor(s): Lou Reiter
Course Registration Fee: $125
Instructor Bio
Lou Reiter
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:
Group Viewing Encouraged: Pay 1 Registration Fee
·Multiple attendees can group view the training from one device only and each attendee will receive a certificate.
·ONLY the registered attendee will receive a link to join the training
(Link will be sent 1-2 Days Prior to the Event)
Quiz & Certificates: Within 24 hours after the live broadcast the registered attendee will receive an email with:
·Quiz link that will need to be forwarded to each person in your group so they may print a certificate after completing the quiz.
·30 Days Access of the Recording (this link may be shared with with others in your department)

Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Government employees, including public safety personnel, can be compelled to answer questions during an administrative investigation for a workplace rule violation. This has been allowed since the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 1967 and it has not been significantly changed since that time. Recent events, however, have indicated that we must ensure that our employees will be treated fairly and reasonably when the focus of the administrative investigation might also have some criminal potential. Today, more public safety employees are being charged criminally with on-duty incidents that would not have occurred in the past. Court decisions are severely divided throughout the country on the issue of government employee compelled statements and the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t seem interested in revisiting the issue at this time.
During our administrative investigations there are only two types of interviews: compelled or voluntary. It is essential that we conduct our interviews in a manner that allows us to reach reasonable adjudications of workplace rule violation allegations without hampering any potential criminal investigation for the same events. It is also reasonable that we ensure that our employees’ constitutional Fifth Amendment rights are safeguarded.
This webinar will address:
· The current conflict in court directions on Garrity and compelled statements for government employees, specifically public safety personnel
· Reasonable notification to employees before they are compelled to answer questions during an administrative investigation
· The issue of employee representation during the administrative investigation and interview
· How best to avoid hampering any criminal investigation for the same incident being investigated during the administrative investigation

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