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Seminar Title:  
Supervisor Liability

DATES:  7/24/2023 through 7/25/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Shaun Santos

LOCATION:  Columbus, Ohio Division of Police Training Academy - 1000 North Hague Ave., Columbus, OH  43204-2121

HOTEL:  Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center - Columbus, OH  
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Shaun Santos,Attorney

Sgt. Santos has been a law enforcement officer for 20 years, with over 15 years experience as a Narcotics Detective. He has extensive experience working with the Drug Enforcement Administration conducting electronic surveillance investigations in to the Drug Trafficking Organizations. Shaun is currently assigned to the DEA’s Financial Investigations Team (FIT), anti-money laundering group, responsible for conducting large international money laundering investigations. He has experience with foreign and domestic money pick-ups, international bank wire transfers, familiarity with Black Market Peso Exchange, and Attorney General Exempt Operations (AGEO), allowing for the laundering of drug proceeds in furtherance of narcotics investigations.

Shaun has received his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA; Masters Degree from Anna Maria College; and Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

In this course, police supervisors will learn to understand what types of police behavior will most likely spawn lawsuits. Supervisors will learn that constitutional rights’ violation suits called “1983 actions” (short for 42 U.S.C. § 1983) subject officers and their departments to the most liability. Attendees also will learn how to make sound hiring decisions; how to document and discipline officers for misconduct; and the importance of proper officer training. Moreover, supervisors will learn what leadership behaviors will reduce liability and protect the agency from all types of lawsuits. Attendees will learn what constitutes a hostile work environment; the importance of avoiding retaliatory actions against officers; and effective ways to deal with “gypsy” cops. This is a dynamic class in which the instructor uses real-life case example and video to enhance students’ understanding of legal concepts.

  • Police constitutional liability: attendees will learn about the history of federal court actions, how courts decide summary judgment motions and what constitutes qualified immunity.
  • Negligent hiring: not everyone is cut out to be a police officer. Attendees will learn how to legally screen out unfit applicants to avoid discrediting their departments and negligent-hire lawsuits.
  • Negligent retention/supervision: just as some people should not be hired to be officers, some should not be retained. Attendees will learn how to legally deal with the few bad apples.
  • Negligent training: courts have long held that departments have a duty to properly train officers in all aspects of their jobs. Learn how to ensure that training needs are met to avoid negligent-training suits.
  • Leadership skills that reduce liability: courts sometimes hold supervisors accountable for a subordinate’s actions. Learn how leading by example, documenting performance and other techniques will reduce liability.
  • Performance appraisals: Learn how to use this vital tool to establish an officer’s fitness for duty. Learn how documenting the right things can establish an agency’s right to discipline or dismiss an officer.
  • Police behavior that generates lawsuits: there is a trend in society to sue the police and ask questions later. Learn what behaviors commonly subject officers and agencies to liability.
  • Sexual harassment in law enforcement agencies: Learn what behavior in this area will subject departments to liability and how to discourage such behavior in the first place.
  • Dealing with the injured or disabled officer: some employees may be entitled to reasonable accommodations by their departments. Learn how to make these determinations to avoid discrimination lawsuits.
  • Avoiding retaliation suits: political retaliation and retaliation against whistleblowers can cost an agency considerable sums. Learn how the courts interpret retaliation and how to avoid such suits.
  • “Gypsy” cops: some cops get into trouble and resign from one department subsequently get hired by others. Learn how to spot this type of officer and how hiring him or her can be more trouble than he or she is worth.?

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