Police Department Management and Liability Issues

Informational Memo

Published: October 28, 2020

Police Department Management and Liability Issues
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This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Understand special management challenges for city police department personnel. Reviews hiring, discipline, and termination considerations such as the Peace Officer Discipline Procedure Act, Garrity warnings, POST board requirements, residency issues, Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act. Discusses special working condition considerations such as scheduling, physical fitness standards, working with unions and within civil service systems, and fitness-for-duty examinations. Lists concerns in regulating off-duty conduct, conduct unbecoming an officer, and off-duty employment (moonlighting). Find information on selected police liability issues.

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