Seminar Title

Online- Investigating Sex and Family Misconduct : Is Your Agency Prepared?

Dates of Events

10/21/2022 through 10/21/2022

Last Updated: 09/30/2022
Instructor(s): Lou Reiter
Course Registration Fee: $150
Instructor Bio
Event Detail-3
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:
Date: October 21 , 2022
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time)

You’ve just got an allegation of sexual or domestic misconduct against one of your officers or employees…what do you do now?
Sexual misconduct in police agencies seems to be some sort of taboo or something that won’t happen to us. But it is happening, and it has occurred in large and small agencies policing urban and rural areas. It is probably the one act of police misconduct, if proven, that will guarantee jail time and will tarnish everyone else in your agency. Yet most police agencies still don’t have a specific written policy regarding sexual misconduct, what it is, and how to investigate an allegation involving one of your own employees. So, what should you do now and when you’re faced with an external or internal sexual misconduct complaint?
When our public safety employees become involved in domestic incidents the agency is faced with three options: employee welfare, administrative investigation, and often a criminal investigation. Often there is much more going on in the lives of these persons and the domestic incident is simply the tip of iceberg. Don’t limit the scope of your administrative investigation!
Both types of these police misconduct investigations involve a purposeful consideration of how you deal with the victim. Historically law enforcement has not done well. Our handling of these victims, usually vulnerable persons, can be humiliating for them and can display for our community that we don’t care. There are many investigative similarities in both misconduct allegations.
This webinar will give you and your agency guidance in how to handle each of these intertwined options.
· Specific, written policies are even more important for these types of misconduct allegations
· Explicit policy and training are key elements to shield your agency from liability, but supervision is the key preventing it or minimizing its impact on your agency and community
· The significance of violation of the law vs. violation of an agency policy/workplace rule
· Welfare issues for complainants and employees
· Why your agency should be concerned for the employee’s welfare and safety during the aftermath of a domestic incident?
· The difference between a judicial protective/restraining order and an administrative no contact, cease and desist order
· How to conduct the administrative investigation when there is an on-going criminal investigation usually being conducted by another agency?
· Step by step process from taking the complaint, investigating the allegations, and handling the employees involved
· Reassignment issues can be complex
· What if the accused is a superior officer?
· Who should investigate what? What if it’s criminal? Should your Human Resources, Personnel, or EEO conduct the investigation?
· How to handle the false complaint?
· Retaliation issues particularly for witnesses supporting the internal complainant
· Adjudication concerns: when does a settlement agreement seem reasonable?
· Some case law that will shed light on the potential for agency liability

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 & CertificatesWithin 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***
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