Response to Civil Litigation

The purpose of this policy is to provide employees with guidelines for (1) responding to law enforcement activities that represent a potential high risk of civil liability in a manner that will decrease this risk level, and (2) responding to civil litigation that involves the department or its employees.

Litigation alleging misconduct by law enforcement officers has increased dramatically. Such litigation can be extremely expensive and harmful to the reputation of the department and its employees. It is the policy of this department to (1) take such proactive measures as are possible to avoid civil litigation through personnel training, supervision, and adherence to departmental policy and procedures among other means; (2) to take such steps as are necessary following high-risk incidents to document the event and actions of agency employees; and (3) to maintain a strong and coordinated response to civil litigation involving this agency and its employees.

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