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Street Legal

Reducing Lawsuits and Criminal Charges in Police Work

Oct. 22, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:

  • Law Update  (annual)
  • Civil Rights  (every 3 yrs.)
  • Constitutional & Proper Use of Authority  (every 3 yrs.)


Law enforcement supervisors not only face potential hazards in the line of duty, but they also face serious legal issues for failing to train and supervise their officers.  In an era of unprecedented transparency, it is no longer enough to “let things slide.”  Today, district attorneys and prosecutors face mounting pressure to bring criminal charges against supervisors for failing to properly train and supervise their subordinates.  Civil lawsuits and even criminal charges can result if supervisors and their agencies do not have proper protocols in place or fail to take appropriate action when necessary.  As too many supervisors are learning, lawsuits are not just a professional problem – they take a toll on family, health, and finances.  Attendees will be trained on relevant federal and state law and will learn practical steps to prevent civil and criminal actions.


  • Why civil lawsuits are filed against police supervisors
  • Significance of the substantive difference between federal and state civil cases
  • Types of potential civil lawsuits against supervisors
  • The mechanics of a civil lawsuit – from discovery to post trial
  • Types of potential federal and state criminal charges against supervisors
  • The consequences for exceeding lawful and constitutional police authority
  • The effects of lawsuits on personal life, health, and family
  • The effects of lawsuits on the department and pending criminal cases
  • Practical strategies for minimizing risk


Dawn Parsons

Dawn Parsons, Attorney at Law
Kansas City, MissouriRead more