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Duty to Intervene

As law enforcement professionals, the responsibility to safeguard justice extends not only to our interactions with the public but also within our own ranks. Failing to intervene can have dire consequences, from termination to criminal charges and civil rights lawsuits. Our groundbreaking Duty to Intervene course is a comprehensive solution, arming officers with essential skills to prevent unnecessary use of force, enhance community trust, and intervene safely and effectively.

Why Choose Our Duty to Intervene Course?

Prevent Unnecessary Use of Force: Acquire tools and techniques to minimize force, ensuring encounters are handled with professionalism and restraint.

Increase Community Trust: Demonstrate accountability and intervention to strengthen the bond between law enforcement and the communities we serve.

Reduce Disciplinary Issues: Gain a deep understanding of the law to minimize the risk of disciplinary issues arising from negligence or failure to intervene.

Empower Effective Intervention: Develop the confidence and skills to intervene, upholding the law and ensuring accountability.

Our dynamic training goes beyond tradition, offering a high-energy, interactive program with engaging videos to reinforce key points. Don’t wait—enroll in our Duty to Intervene course today and embrace accountability, safety, and professional excellence.

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Course Introduction

1)  Instructor Introduction.

2)  Explain the course objectives:

a)  To teach you how to get involved, when to intervene, and how to intervene. When you can intervene properly the result will be decreased liability, lawsuits and improved officer wellness. Remember, you start off blameless. We want to prevent you from becoming blameworthy. This course will help accomplish that.

b)  Show you how to prevent unnecessary lawsuits when possible. Preventing unnecessary force will lead to less civil actions and fewer disciplinary issues. This will also help to increase community trust.

3)  Class Expectations:

a)  I will teach you when you should intervene and various techniques to utilize to intervene. I will use PowerPoint, cite relevant examples and answer questions.

b)  I want you to enjoy the class and have a meaningful learning experience. I want you to leave here feeling more confident about how to intervene and perform your job.

c)  Ask questions if you need more clarification on any subject. Provide different scenarios to explore more ways to use the techniques learned in this class.

4)  Explain that certificates will be emailed after the class and each student will be registered in the Blue to Gold University.

5)  Review disclaimers with the class:

a)  Laws and agency standard operating procedures may be more restrictive than what is presented in this class. It is advisable to check and see what policies are in place in your city, county or state.

b)  If you are not sure about something, always ask a superior officer. Keep pushing it up the chain until you are satisfied with the answer. Never assume!

c)  This course is legal EDUCATION not legal advice.

Module One: Preface

1)  Importance of the DTI Course

2)  Average Lawsuits and Plaintiff Payment

a) Austin PD, TX

b) Chicago PD, Il

c) LAPD

d) NYPD

3)  Describe how officers are constantly taught to “go home at night” and this may breed a culture of unconstitutional actions. It’s not only important to go home at night, but cops need to go home to their own bed, not a prison.

4)  Requirements to Make this Training Effective

a) Support of Command

b) Department-Specific Guidelines for Intervention Practices

c) Belief that Intervention is Good

5)  Intervention as a Tool

Module Two: §1983 Civil Suits

1) What a §1983 Civil Suit Is

2) §1983 Civil Suit – the most common suit an officer will face

3) Explain that the §1983 is NOT THE violation

4) Remind the students that we do not discuss state law claims in this training.

5) The Color of Law

a) Legal Definition

b) Layman’s Terms c) Summary

6) Examples of Color of Law

7) Good Faith and Objective Reasonableness

8) Qualified Immunity

9) Type of Damages Incurred under the §1983 Civil Suit

10) Sec. 242 Indictments

11) §242 in Action – The Rodney King Case

Module Three: Interventions

1) Three Levels of Intervention

a) Agency can intervene

b) Your Supervisor can intervene

c) You can intercede

2) Agency Liability

a) Legal Definition of Agency Liability

b) Agencies can be held liable in conjunction with their officers.

c) Three Sources an Agency Can Incur Liability For:

i. Unconstitutional policy

ii. Customs and practice

iii. Failure to train

3) Unconstitutional Policy

4) Customs and Practices

5) Failure to Train

a) Deliberate Indifference

b) Two Types of Deliberate Indifference

i. Needs are patently obvious.

ii. Agency is put on notice training is needed

c) Patently Obvious

i. Moral certainty situation will arise.

ii. Situation presents difficult choices.

iii. Wrong choice will likely cause deprivation of rights.

6) Supervisor Liability

7) Deliberate Indifference

8) Intervention and YOU

9) Intervention Benefits

a) Define what intervention is:

i. Officer Wellness

ii. Officer Safety and Tactics

iii. Preventing Misconduct and Complaints

iv. Professionals Require Best Practices

b) Define what intervention is NOT:

1. Internal Affairs Program

  1. Discipline Program
  2. Mediation Program
  3. “Tell on Your Partner” Program

10) The Law

11) Opportunity to Intervene

12) Did Not Intervene

13) Barriers to Intervention

a) Barriers That Inhibit Peer Intervention

i. Cover-ups

ii. Ignoring Problems

iii. Misguided Loyalty

b) George Floyd

c) Factors that Can Inhibit and/or Bar Officers from Intervening

i. Retaliation

ii. Isolation

iii. Being wrong

iv. Lack of skill

v. Rank

vi. Diffusion

vii. Group think

d) Fear of Retaliation

e) Isolation

f) What if I intervene and I’m wrong?

g) Lack of Skill

h) Rank as a MAJOR Factor that Prohibits Intervention

i) Diffusion

j) Group Think

14) How to Intervene

a) Agency Intervention Policy

b) Agreement

c) Ask Questions

d) Slow It Down

e) Code Words

f) Physical Intervention

Module Four: Takeaways

1) Failure to intervene is not an option

2) Ask questions, slow it down, code words or physically intervene

3) Embrace intervention culture. It’s the ultimate “I got your back.”

Write a Review

Current reviews for Duty to Intervene

23 Reviews

5

Paul Child

Class should be mandated for all departments

5

Zakry Brooking

Best course.

5

Kyle Kinnan

Overall a very informative class. Thank You

5

Henry DeJean

This course was very easy to follow and created an informative & educational building block which every law enforcement agency should build upon. As dynamic as public safety is, the importance of building trust and partnerships with the community are invaluable. The only way for LEO to conduct themselves is from a professional standard.

5

Christian Burke

Moral class that all police officer should take

All Students receive

Certificate of Completion

Search & Seizure Pocket Guide

Meet your Instructors

At Blue to Gold Law Enforcement Training, we specialize in transforming complex legal principles into actionable knowledge for officers. Our team, including experts who have real-world experience as police officers and district attorneys, brings decades of hands-on experience in both the field and classroom. Our mission is clear: to enhance officer safety and community trust through a deep understanding of case law. Our courses are designed to be engaging and relevant, ensuring officers can confidently apply what they learn in real-world situations. By focusing on critical areas such as search and seizure and the limits of police authority, we aim to minimize legal errors and promote effective, ethical policing. Choose Blue to Gold for training that prepares you to make the right decisions when it counts.

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2024-05-02
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