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The Supervisor's Role in Minimizing Agency and Personal Liability  

Personal and agency liability is a growing trend in our Federal Court System as judges and juries nationwide are finding police supervisors accountable and liable for failure to intervene and resolve the unconstitutional acts committed by subordinates and colleagues. This highly interactive course will provide training and guidance for police supervisors–sworn and civilian–to actively intervene and resolve many of these incidences before they become actionable and news headlines.

You will learn why police supervisors, including chiefs and sheriffs, may be faced with large verdicts of personal and agency liability when there is minimal intervention into the actionable conduct of a police employee. Special emphasis will be placed on preventing and defending workplace claims of sexual harassment and hostile environment claims.

Working in small panel groups, you will analyze actual incidents, applying learned detection and intervention methods to best confront types of actionable conflicts we unfortunately read and hear about each day.

Topics Include

  • What is supervisory liability
  • Prominent theories of agency and personal liability
  • The supervisor’s role in promoting integrity and ethical values
  • The supervisor’s role in review of excessive force and false arrest claims
  • Preventing sexual harassment and hostile environment claims
  • Applying intervention methods to reduce liability exposure


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

Course Length

16 hours

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Excellent job! Keep up the great work! Thank you for making yourself available to teach this class. Your knowledge, experience and moral compass is invaluable to law enforcement supervisors and future managers.” – D.F.
  • “Great class!” – M.C.
  • “Excellent class.” – R.L.
  • “Good information to take back to my PD.” – T.G.
  • “Good overview of case studies, different types of liability, why we can be sued, etc. Instructor was very knowledgeable on subject matter.” – T. S.

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.


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