Seminar Title

Emerging Law Enforcement Legal Trends: Policing in the Reform Movement

Dates of Events

05/24/2022 through 05/25/2022

Last Updated: 01/11/2022
Instructor(s): Pete Wood
Location: Surprise Police Department - 14250 W Statler Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374
Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Surprise - 14783 W Grand Avenue, Surprise, AZ 85374
Course Registration Fee: $295
Instructor Bio
Pete Wood
Peter B. Wood graduated from Binghamton University in New York with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law. He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1995, and has served as an Indiana State Trooper for over twenty-five years. He continued his formal education at the Valparaiso University School of Law, attaining the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence.
He currently serves as the North Zone Legal Advisor for the Indiana State Police. During his tenure there, in addition to being a constitutional law instructor and legal counsel, he has served as a road patrol trooper, canine interdiction officer, riverboat gambling enforcement agent, and a field supervisor. He currently instructs recruit level criminal law, department-wide yearly legal updates, and varied subjects revolving around search and seizure constitutional issues. He has been a guest instructor at the Indiana Prosecutors Council, the United States Attorney General’s Conference, the HIDTA National Domestic Highway Interdiction Initiative, and several local Indiana law enforcement agencies. He also provides legal instruction and advice to several Sheriffs in northern Indiana as a Legal Deputy.

Course Objectives
Course Overview:

Over the last eighteen months, law enforcement has faced difficult times to include how to operate during a pandemic and the aftermath of the death of George Floyd which also spotlighted other deaths involving law enforcement.
As a result of criticisms related to law enforcement, we see state legislatures and the U.S. Congress considering and passing measures that impact the high-risk, critical tasks in law enforcement. As part of the current climate, we are seeing more officers criminally charged in use of force events than any other time in the history of modern policing. At no time has risk management, with respect to the high-risk tasks in law enforcement been more critical. Managing risk in today’s environment not only protects civil liability, it may also save officers the possibility of criminal charges and the loss of their career.

Topics will include:
· Law enforcement in the policing reform movement.
· A survey of reform legislation around the United States.
· Any available updates on Federal Legislation. (No Bills have passed or been signed as of this time)
· How is local legislation impacting agency and officer liability?
· Qualified Immunity-Does it impact officer accountability?
· Use of Force and the impact of Reform Legislation on policy and training. The United States Supreme Court does not set the only standard anymore.
o Sudden in-custody death/Asphyxiation/Neck Restraints.
o No-Knock Warrants.
o De-Escalation
o Protests and the Use of Chemical and Kinetic Energy Munitions
o Dealing with Persons in Crisis
· Staying ahead of Reform/Recognizing New Risks/Managing the Risks/Controlling Losses
· Reform Mandated Training
o De-Escalation
o Procedural Justice
o Legitimacy of Authority
o Implicit Bias
· Managing the Crisis when it occurs-what to say/what not to say