Advanced Course In Police Discipline 2022

November 9-11, 2022
The Flamingo
Las Vegas, Nevada




    Wednesday, November 9, 2022

    9:00 Introduction And Recent Developments In Public
    Safety Labor Issues

    Recent developments from around the country in the area of public safety labor relations, including a review of pending or recent changes in state laws impacting police discipline, the standards for the use of force, and peace officer bills of rights.

    • The national political discussion of police discipline, and the implications for the future.
    • Police reform legislation, and how it can impact all public safety employees.
    • Phones, flash drives, GPS trackers, and other electronic equipment.
    • How the privacy rights of employees depend upon the circumstances.

    Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP; Executive Director, LRIS.

    10:30 Garrity, Weingarten, Brady, And Miranda

    • An officer’s Fifth Amendment Garrity rights, when and how they apply in critical incidents and internal investigations, and the evolving law on the extent of immunity under Garrity.
    • The Weingarten right to representation in disciplinary interviews, how it can apply in settings as varied as drug testing, critical incidents, and witness interviews, and what happens if Weingarten rights are violated.
    • The ever-changing law on the rule in Brady v. Maryland and how it applies to police disciplinary records. How officers get on and get off Brady lists; whether being placed on a Brady list necessarily results in termination, and lawsuits by officers seeking to be removed from Brady lists.
    • How Miranda applies in the law enforcement workplace.

    Will Aitchison and Richard Poulson, Attorney at Law, Willig, Williams &

    12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

    12:00 Garrity, Weingarten, Brady And Miranda (Continued from the morning)

    2:30 Just Cause For Discipline And Disciplinary Systems Around The Country

    • How police officers went from being at-will employees to having meaningful job protections.
    • Civil service systems, police discipline boards, and arbitration of discipline.
    • The 12 requirements for just cause for discipline, including progressive discipline, consideration of mitigating circumstances, the implications of training, and proportionality of punishment.
    • The requirements for a thorough investigation and timely processing of complaints, and where and how more unusual disciplinary penalties such as demotion and transfer can be used.
    • The increase in challenges to the binding nature of arbitration decisions.

    Will Aitchison and Richard Poulson.

    4:00 Adjournment

    4:15 Hosted Reception

    Thursday, November 10, 2022

    9:00 Advanced Internal Affairs Investigations

    From complaint intake and triage to misconduct investigation and case
    dispositions, this presentation highlights and spotlights critical issues and
    offers recommendations for best practices and problem solving.

    • Case law review and legal issues.
    • Selection and training of IA personnel.
    • Complaint handling and triaging.
    • Scene handling and evidence collection.
    • Recording and other documentation.
    • Complainant, non-employee, and employee interviews.
    • Investigative mindset, methods and style.
    • A dispositions and progressive discipline.
    • Administrative vs. criminal investigations.
    • Interaction with the media.
    • Records management and confidentiality.
    • Human factors and stress responses.
    • Early warning systems.
    • Tips on liability prevention.
    • Creating an SOP for Internal Affairs.

    Randy Means, Attorney at Law, Randy Means & Associates, LLC.

    12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 Advanced Internal Affairs Investigations (Continued from the morning)

    4:00 Adjournment

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    8:30 Best Practices For Unions Responding To Critical

    • Preparation for the response, including member education, “advice of rights” cards, and cell phone apps.
    • How Garrity, Weingarten and Brady factor into a union’s critical incident response.
    • Legal defense plans. Ensuring that responding attorneys are qualified and provided with the employer’s policies and protocols for critical incidents.
    • The key roles a union can and should play at the scene of the incident, including interfacing with lawyers, investigators, and the chain of command, assisting in or supplementing the employer’s media communications, ensuring that the emotional and physical needs of involved officers are met, and representation of witness officers.
    • Video issues, including pre-statement review.
    • Whether to insist that statements be compelled.
    • Weighing in on the duration and conditions of administrative leave.

    Anil Karia, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP; and Richard Poulson.

    11:30 Adjournment


    Hotel Information

    To make arrangements, visit the hotel website or call the hotel directly and request the group rate for this seminar. Reservations must be made by October 8, 2022. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate.

    The Flamingo
    3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    (888)373-9855 Group Code: SFACP2
    Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $79 per night, plus taxes and fees. A limited
    number of rooms are available on Friday and Saturday night for $129, so book early if you plan to
    stay over the weekend.

    The LINQ
    3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    (866)523-2781 Group Code: SQACP2
    Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $59 per night, plus taxes and fees. A limited
    number of rooms are available on Friday and Saturday night for $99, so book early if you plan to
    stay over the weekend.


    Will AitchisonWill Aitchison
    Mr. Aitchison is a founding member of the Public Safety Labor Group. Over the course of his legal career, Will has represented over 100 law enforcement labor organizations in five western states. He is a veteran of hundreds of public sector labor negotiations. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and is the author of several books on public sector labor matters, including The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (8th Edition), and The FLSA, A User’s Manual. Will is also the founder and director of Labor Relations Information System. Since its inception in 1981, LRIS has been a valuable resource for public safety labor relations. LRIS conducts labor seminars, publishes a monthly newsletter, publishes mobile apps, and currently has six books in print.

    Anil Karia
    Mr. Karia is a lawyer with the Public Safety Labor Group in Portland, Oregon. He specializes in representing public safety labor organizations, including the Portland Police Association, in all aspects of their labor relations. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.


    Randy MeansRandy Means
    Mr. Means is a nationally recognized expert in police law, leadership, accountability, and systems. With years as in-house counsel to a major city police department, former department head at a state law enforcement training center, he is also the past head of the National Association of Law Enforcement Legal Advisors. Randy is the author of two books and 100+ published articles on police law, risk management and leadership, he has managed the Chief’s Counsel column for Police Chief magazine and for many years wrote the law and risk management column for Law & Order magazine. He has spoken at many IACP annual conferences, multiple annual conferences of the FBINAA and PRIMA, appeared on both the Law Enforcement Television Network and the FBI Training Network, worked in every state and trained a half-million police officials. His work has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal and featured on 60 Minutes.

    Richard PoulsonRichard G. Poulson
    Mr. Poulson has been representing labor unions for his entire career, representing union clients in collective bargaining, interest and grievance arbitration and employment-related litigation. He is a partner with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania firm of Willig, Williams & Davidson, where he focuses on advising and representing police, fire, paramedic and other uniformed employees regarding municipal affairs and public employment. He earned his B.A. from La Salle University (1992) and his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1997).


    P.O.S.T. Certification
    Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) credits may be available on a state-by-state basis. If you would like information on your state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or prior to the seminar.

    CLE Certification
    LRIS has been approved as a CLE provider by the State Bar of California. This program will qualify for 12.5 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. If you require certification from any other state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or prior to the seminar.

    Registration fees are $850 per person; $725 per person if three or more attend from the same organization. Registration fees include attendance, lunch on the first two days of the seminar, all seminar materials, and a hospitality reception on the first evening.

    Cancellation Policy
    Reservations may be canceled up to ten days prior to the seminar with a full refund. Cancellations made within ten days are subject to a $150 fee. Substitutions may be made at any time.

    Seminar Materials
    Each attendee will receive a handbook containing extensive written materials pertaining to each of the subjects addressed.

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