A Survival Guide to Police Civil Liability

  • Classroom

Peace officers are the only government employees given the power of law to deprive someone of their liberty or take a human life instantly. In today’s world, YouTube videos and social media postings, the public expects officers to address crime and street violence without becoming consumed by the drama, personal agendas, and moral decay around them. They must manage their emotions, and biases and take control of every situation in a professional manner.

This seminar teaches you how to lessen the chance you will be sued in state and federal court, decrease the possibility of a citizen complaint, and increase the professionalism of the information you convey. Upon completing this presentation, each attendee will be able to appreciate the specific legal exposures and civil liability risk factors of being a peace officer in the current environment.  

Articulate in a professional manner the particular facts supporting your quick decisions in the field. Formulate a list of definitions for use in persuasively communicating what you do. Address anticipated civil litigation exposure areas to help reduce the filing of complaints and understand the verbal and non-verbal messages you are sending to the public. 

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact the California JPIA training division by email, training@cjpia.org, within two business days of the training date, noting that the Authority is closed on Fridays. 


Topics Covered

  • Why Cops Get Sued
  • Tort Claims and Litigation Against Cops - A Litigation Update
  • How to Describe a Use of Force situation to Lessen Civil Liability Exposure
  • How Cops Win Lawsuits
  • How Cops Lose Lawsuits


4 hours


Best Practices


As Needed

Who Should Attend:

Law Enforcement Personnel