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Essential Florida Case Law for All Cops

While the federal constitution establishes the minimum protection afforded all citizens against government intrusions upon liberty and privacy interests, states are free to provide greater protections to their citizens, whether by statute or the state constitution. Many states do, in fact, provide such enhanced protections.

Part of any constitutional policing program is knowing and understanding how both the federal constitution and state law apply to police procedures. Constitutional and statutory violations can cause loss of public trust, criminal evidence suppression, massive civil liability, administrative sanctions, and even criminal prosecution of law enforcement officers. This program demonstrates how knowledge of the law can be a powerful tool for achieving investigative goals and it can empower officers to attain higher ethical standards, consistent with their oaths of office, without sacrificing overall law enforcement effectiveness.

This program is designed for law enforcement officers of all levels of experience and rank, from the recent academy graduate to the executive staff. It examines certain aspects of what some lawyers would call “pre-arraignment criminal procedure,” the law of criminal investigation and, in particular, what law enforcement officers can and cannot do under state and federal law. Where there is state law deviation from the federal standard, such deviation will be highlighted and emphasized so that officers understand where there are additional restrictions on their authority beyond the federal constitution.

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  • Learn the necessary skills to minimize the number of uses of force and flight during suspect contact: The Roles of Perception Fieldcraft and Impression Management
  • Understanding Critical Elements of Reaction-Based Policing: Verbal/Nonverbal Distancing Behaviors
  • The Significance of Understanding the Human Limbic System in police work; The Freeze, Flight, Fight Response
  • Analysis and Discussion of In-Car and Body-Worn Video footage to create mental repetitions for the attendee as they become versed in proactive policing techniques
  • Target selection and development while conducting roving patrol
  • Learn to build and develop reasonable articulable suspicion in extreme detail for reports as well as be able to explain it during court testimony
  • Become multi-dimensional in the types of crime you interrupt each shift
  • This class was designed for the patrol level officer looking to make an impact in the community they serve, decreasing victimization and crime statistics in their jurisdiction.

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Zach Miller

Zach Miller is a police legal instructor, specializing in the constitutional law of policing. He provides training seminars to law enforcement officers, from recruits at the basic police academy to executive staff and all ranks in between. He is also regularly asked to provide his training to prosecutor groups. Zach is well-versed in all of the substantive and procedural aspects of constitutional law as it pertains to policing and is highly-sought after for his training and advice on these matters, providing his expertise to officers and agencies in over 40 states.

Zach served as a police officer for a medium-sized county police department in Virginia for 19 years, retiring in 2023. Beginning in 2013 and until his retirement, he was the department’s training manager. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the department’s training function, which included recruit, annual in-service, specialized unit, leadership, and instructor development programs. He was also a member of the department’s policy review committee where he personally drafted many of the department’s high liability policies.

For over 15 years, Zach has worked closely with nationally-recognized career police attorney Randy Means on dozens of projects, most of which directly involved constitutional policing principles. Together, they developed and presented training programs, provided advice and other consultation services to agencies involved in litigation over potentially unconstitutional practices, developed agency-specific policies and procedures for high-liability operations, co-authored numerous articles on constitutional policing and collaborated on their 2023 book, Constitutional Policing in the Era of Accountability.

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Joe Scheerer
2024-03-12
The in-person training, on-demand, and live online training provided by Blue to Gold is an absolute necessity for law enforcement personnel throughout the nation. Regardless if you are a new patrol cop to a seasoned Detective, you will get your value out of these courses. In addition, the training materials (books) they have available are also a must have to assist in making sound decisions on the road, articulating in your reports and testimony, or just as a patrol reference. I highly recommend purchasing every one of Blue to Gold's books. Each one is written in an easy-to-read and "cop talk" format. They are also organized in a manner to allow for quick reference. Overall, the cost of the training and books versus the value is unmatched. 5 out of 5 stars over and over again. -JS / Patrol Deputy
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