Seminar Title

Online-Win, Don't Lose, Employee Discipline Appeals

Dates of Events

02/24/2022 through 02/24/2022

Last Updated: 01/17/2022
Instructor(s): Lou Reiter
Course Registration Fee: $150
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)
*** No Refunds After Class Link Has Been Sent***
Date: February 24, 2022
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (Eastern Time)

Some estimates say that 50 percent of public safety employee arbitration appeals end up with the employee being returned to duty. This is often with back pay and frequently, when discipline is still imposed, at much lower levels of employee sanctions. Although not as well documented, the results in civil service and merit review boards isn’t much better. Court decisions can give us valuable guidance. We must evaluate what goes wrong when we lose a case. We can learn from those appeal cases that are decided in the favor of the agency by arbitrators, civil service boards and trial courts. This webinar will discuss:

· Three major guides that arbitrators, civil service and merit boards and courts usually consult when deciding public safety employee discipline appeals
· Lessons learned from these guides and case law briefs
· Strengthen your discipline decisions by forcing decision makers in your agency to adhere to guides that can better support the final adjudication
· Incorporate the language of the case law within your discipline documentation
· Practice quality control to ensure that all persons making discipline decisions are on the same team
· Reasonable tactics to use when your agency defends its discipline decisions during appeal

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