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Seminar Title:  
Use of Force: Policy, Practice and Legal Considerations

DATES:  10/23/2018 through 10/25/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Richard Lober

LOCATION:  Mesa Police & Fire Training Academy - 3260 N 40th Street, Mesa , AZ  85215

HOTEL:  Hyatt Place  - Mesa, AZ  480-969-8200 
$124.00 Single or Double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Richard E. Lober, J.D., C.I.G.A.

Richard Lober specializes in training for law enforcement officers, correctional officers and investigators for government agencies.  Until his retirement in May 2010, Richard Lober was the Inspector General for Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, which had over 4,000 employees.  The Inspector General had independent authority concerning all matters relating to the investigation and review of misconduct, fraud, waste, misuse/abuse and mismanagement of the agency’s resources.  The Office of the Inspector General became one of the first offices in the Florida to be awarded accreditation for meeting the high standards in conducting investigations as established by the Commission on Florida Accreditation.  Mr. Lober was also the Agency Head of Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit – Office of the Attorney General.  This 232 person law enforcement agency had statewide responsibility for criminal and civil enforcement of healthcare fraud & patient abuse.

Mr. Lober has served as the Chief Inspector of the Office of Executive Investigations for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).  This office, which reported directly to the FDLE Commissioner, handled Governor Ordered investigations, high profile public corruption cases, internal investigations and background investigations of Governor Appointees.  Mr. Lober was also an Assistant General Counsel with FDLE and held several other positions with the agency.  Prior to joining FDLE, Attorney Lober was General Labor Counsel for the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association and was a prosecutor in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.  His law enforcement career, which began in 1974, included six years as a deputy/sergeant with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Mr. Lober received his Juris Doctorate in 1983 from Western New England School of Law and began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.   He also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration.  In 2010, Mr. Lober became a Certified Inspector General Auditor, which was awarded by the Association of Inspectors General.  From 2001 – 2003, Mr. Lober served as the Charter President for the Florida Internal Affairs Investigators Association.  He is an honorary member of that Association as well as the Miami-Dade County PBA.  He also served on the Executive Committee of the Florida Association of Inspectors General.

Mr. Lober has been a guest lecturer for numerous criminal justice agencies and associations and has written several published articles. He has also developed numerous training programs and served as adjunct faculty for the Public Agency Training Council, Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Executive Institute, the Southern Police Institute, the I.A.C.P., the Florida Inspectors General Institute and the Regional Community Policing Institute at St. Petersburg College.

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Course Objectives

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Law enforcement and corrections officers are given legal authority to stop, detain, and, with probable cause, arrest persons who are reasonably believed to have committed crimes. Unlike most private citizens, officers are also legally authorized to use force in the course of effecting arrests, preventing criminals from escaping, and protecting others, including the officer. There is no singular approach to the type of force which may be necessary for every situation. However, increasing scrutiny from the public, the media, and external government agencies dictate that agencies insure that an officer’s use of force is appropriate and justifiable based upon both departmental standards and constitutional standards. This is particularly true when deadly force is used. Use of force incidents can be subject to multiple layers of review by the department, the local prosecutor, the federal government, civilian review boards, civil litigation, the media and the public. Understanding the legal standards for use of force, the policy considerations that govern such incidents, and the dynamics that occur when a use of force incident is thrust into heightened scrutiny, are essential to promote a professional law enforcement agency that desires to protect its officers, the public, and also maintain the support of the community.

Seminar Goals:

  • To inform the attendees of the various types of use of force, both lethal and non-lethal, and the legal issues surrounding each type of use of force incident.
  • To inform the attendees of professional standards and policies regarding use of force incidents, including reporting requirements.
  • Attendees will learn the legal standard for the use of deadly force and its practical application to such incidents.
  • To inform the attendees of the diminishing application of a use of force continuum.
  • To inform the attendees of the different types of reviews involving use of force incidents, including but not limited to, administrative review, criminal investigation, federal civil rights investigation, civilian reviews and civil litigation.
  • To inform the attendees of the importance of gathering and securing evidence related to a use of force incident, including statements, physical evidence, video evidence, etc.
  • The attendees will learn the 5th Amendment protections of certain statements made by an officer during an investigation of a use of force incident. Attendees will also learn the constitutional implications of statements made by witness officers and civilian witnesses.
  • To acquaint the attendees with practical problems that may confront a supervisor/investigator who is handling a use of force incidents. Examples include: preparation of the report; access to a union representative; access to any departmental audio/video prior to making any statement.
  • To acquaint the attendees with the media impact on use of force incidents, particularly those involving the use of force which result in a death.
  • To acquaint the attendees with the social media impact on use of force incidents/investigations and policy development related to body cameras and video of such incidents.
  • To acquaint attendees regarding the potential civil liability of an officer, supervisor and/or department for actions such as negligent retention, failure to train, failure to supervise, etc.

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