Seminar Information


Internal Affairs & Critical Incidents

November 8 to November 10, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo Las Vegas



November 8, 2017

9:00 am – Discipline Procedures, and the Garrity, Weingarten, and Loudermill Rules

  • The various external rules that impact a disciplinary investigation, including the Garrity, Weingarten, and Loudermill rules.
  • The right to representation in a disciplinary interview, and what it is the representative can do during the interview.
  • The standards for just cause for discipline.
  • The 10 Rules of Engagement in a disciplinary interview – how employees can give the best interview possible.

Will Aitchison

10:30 am – Issues Arising Out Of Body Cameras

  • Are bodycam policies negotiable?
  • Bodycam trends on key issues such as pre-statement review, activation thresholds, and discipline.
  • The surprising things we’re learning about bodycams and the use of force by and against law enforcement officers.
  • The limitations of bodycam videos, and the Graham v. Connor implications of bodycam video.
  • Bodycam videos and public records laws.

Panel members are Will Aitchison, police union attorney; James Ferraris, Woodburn, Oregon Police Chief; Randy Means, attorney, risk management specialist, and author; Shannon Presby, Los Angeles County Prosecutor; Darrell L. Ross, Ph.D., use of force/human factors researcher, use of force instructor, expert witness/consultant, and author.

12:00 pm – Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 pm – Critical Incidents From Every Angle

The panel members will examine every element of a critical incident, looking at such incidents from a legal, administrative, disciplinary, psychological, union, and prosecution standpoint. The panel will discuss issues including:

  • Critical incidents defined, how often they occur, and how less-than-lethal force should be handled.
  • Managing the scene of the incident. Supervisory responsibilities when a critical incident occurs.
  • The legal rights of officers involved in critical incidents, including whether there is any right to representation for witness officers.
  • Critical incidents and an employee’s physiological and psychological reaction to a critical incident.
  • Walkthroughs, video reconstructions, evidence preservation and protocols, and other investigatory issues.
  • Dealing with the media.
  • The pros and cons of giving voluntary statements, and the timing of any statement.The factors prosecutors consider in evaluating critical incidents.
  • Internal affairs investigations – should they be done concurrently or after the criminal investigation is concluded?
  • Inquests and grand juries.
  • Using critical incidents as training tools.

4:00 pm – Adjournment

4:15 pm – Hosted Reception

November 9, 2017

9:00 am – Critical Incidents From Every Angle

(continued from Wednesday session).

11:30 am – Adjournment

12:00 pm – Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 pm – Critical Incidents From Every Angle

(continued from Wednesday session).

4:00 pm – Adjournment

November 10, 2017

8:30 am – Use-Of-Force Investigation And Risk Management

• Varying standards under agency policy and state law.
• The federal constitutional standard of “objective reasonableness.”
• The key components of a use-of-force investigation.
• Underlying causes of unacceptable force escalations.
• Choosing the right force model and/or continuum.
• Proper balancing of force training cycles.
• Appropriate use-of-force data in early warning systems.

Randy Means

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Hotel And Travel

The Flamingo Las Vegas

3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-733-3111 • 800-732-2111


LINQ Hotel

(adjacent to The Flamingo)
3535 Las Vegas Blvd South
(702) 733-3111(888) 373-9855

Make reservations online or call the hotel directly and request the group rate for this seminar. (There is a $15 fee for telephone reservations). For the Flamingo, use Group Code SFIA7. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $75 per night, plus a $29 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $125 plus resort fee and tax. For the Linq, use Group Code SQIAF7. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $85 per night, plus a $32 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $120 plus resort fee and tax. A limited number of rooms are available at these rates on Friday and Saturday nights, so book early if you plan to stay over. Reservations must be made by October 13, 2017. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate. Because of the heavy tourist activity in Las Vegas any time of the year, be sure to make your reservations before October 13th.

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Will Aitchison

Mr. Aitchison is a Portland, Oregon attorney who has, over the course of his career, represented over 100 law enforcement and firefighter labor organizations in five western states. He is a veteran of hundreds of public sector labor negotiations and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He is the author of several books on public sector labor matters, including The Rights of Firefighters (4th Edition) and The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (7th Edition).

James Ferraris

Mr. Ferraris currently serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Woodburn, Oregon, having been invested in 2015. Prior to taking the Woodburn post, he was the Deputy Chief of Police with the Salem, Oregon Police Department, leading the patrol division and previously served as the Investigations Division Commander. His background includes operational, investigative and administrative leadership experience at the line, supervisory and command level, including uniform patrol, criminal intelligence, internal affairs, narcotics and criminal investigations, crisis negotiations and emergency/tactical operations. 

Randy Means

Mr. Means is an attorney in the Charlotte, North Carolina law firm of Thomas & Means. Over the past 32 years, he has served as head of legal training for North Carolina’s state law enforcement training center, coordinator of legal training for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and police attorney for the City of Charlotte. He has been a featured speaker at many national conferences and has done specialized in-house training for hundreds of law enforcement agencies. He is the author of The Law Of Policing (2nd Edition), published by LRIS.

Shannon Presby

Mr. Presby is Head Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in the Justice System Integrity Division. He received B.A. degree in philosophy from California State University Northridge and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California at Davis.

Darrell L. Ross, Ph.D.

Dr. Ross is a professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Valdosta State University. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1992. He has performed research on the impact of stress on officer perceptions and performance during lethal force confrontations in a virtual simulator; the impact of stress and contextual cues on human performance during lethal force encounters; patterns of subject behaviors/resistance during arrest and detention; training liability and the use of force; sudden deaths in custody, excited delirium and risk factors, and positional asphyxia; deaths associated with CEDs, risk factors and unexpected custodial deaths; prisoner assaults on correction officers.

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CLE And POST Certification

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 P.O.S.T Coordinator Tanja Olson at (503) 282-5440 or prior to the seminar.

Continuing Legal Education 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 call CLE Coordinator Tanja Olson at (503) 282-5440 prior to the seminar.

Fees And Other Information


Registration fees are $695 per person; $595 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.


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


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.

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