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The Supervisor's Role in Minimizing Agency and Personal Liability  

This course will focus on the police supervisor’s responsibility to detect a potentially volatile situation and intervene before a crises occurs that will likely result in personal and agency liability. We will provide you with appropriate training and skill development that will help limit your exposure to personal – and even organizational – liability in the most difficult of circumstances.

We will discuss how our federal court system has begun to sustain the liability of police supervisors who do little or nothing to prevent a subordinate employee from committing an unconstitutional act. You will learn why it is practically assumed that when police supervisors use excessive force or command a subordinate to participate in an unconstitutional act, both parties can be judged individually liable in civil courts, and in some circumstances, criminal courts. We’ll also examine limited instances where a chief or sheriff may not be able to avoid some measure of liability for the actions of a subordinate employee.

Working in small panel groups, you will be required to analyze actual incidents, describing detection and intervention methods that could have been used and confronting ethical and moral conflicts brought forth from these events.

Topics Include

  • What is supervisory liability
  • Why supervisors find themselves in court
  • Discussion of first line liability
  • Prominent theories of liability
  • The supervisor’s role in promoting integrity and ethical values
  • The supervisor’s role in review of excessive force and false arrest claims


Law enforcement and public safety civilian and sworn line supervisors, mid-level managers and administrators with oversight responsibility

Course Length

16 hours

About the Instructor

Joel D. Cantor, Esquire, has practiced law in the State of Florida for more than 3 decades. He began his career as a Prosecutor in the Broward County State Attorney’s Office and later served as In-House Counsel for the City of Hollywood, Florida Police Department, specializing in Public Sector Discipline and Labor Arbitration, Forfeiture Litigation, defense of Federal ‘1983’ and Civil Rights actions. He retired in 2013 and was immediately selected to serve as the Director of Professional Standards for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, where he supervised the disciplinary process and various labor matters. Mr. Cantor has also provided specialized training in topics including Line Supervision, Ethics and Professional Integrity and Avoiding Liability and Claims of Discrimination.


The Supervisor's Role in Minimizing Agency and Personal Liability
    3/26/2018 - 3/27/2018 Altamonte Springs Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $395.00
Hotel and Location Information:  Embassy Suites - Orlando North
Room TBD,  225 Shorecrest Drive Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

The Supervisor's Role in Minimizing Agency and Personal Liability
    7/9/2018 - 7/10/2018 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $395.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224