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This article review explores the liability involved in law enforcement misconduct.  You will research an article on law enforcement conduct and analyze what law enforcement can incorporate in their training programs in order to avoid lawsuits.

Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:

Discuss areas of liability related to policing.
Map the evolution of civil liability.

Textbook: Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices
Media 4.2 Resource: Law and Liability

Background Information
Liability for police-related behavior most often occurs when a police officer violates a legal mandate (order or decision from a court).  Liability is generally limited to issues like the use of force, vehicle pursuits, searches, off-duty behavior, and sexual misconduct.  While some may feel that proper behavior is “common sense,” it is important for all police officers to be trained in and reminded about acceptable behavior.

Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
Review Chapters 7-11 in the textbook, Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices.
Review the media 4.2 Resource: Law and Liability.
Conduct research on the Internet using the News tab on the Google homepage.  Find a recent article on some type of law enforcement misconduct issue in the United States.
Write a one-page synopsis of the event or issue.  Include answers to the following questions:
What is the liability for the law enforcement officer or agency?
What types of training and education could local law enforcement agencies use to minimize the potential for a lawsuit being filed against them for this type of issue?
How does our view of this event today differ than it did in the past?  Explain.
Remember to cite your references using APA formatting.


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