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NCJ Number: 67438 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE CIVIL LIABILITY - SUPERVISORY LIABILITY
Corporate Author: Bay State Film Productions
United States of America
Project Director: E M TWEEDY; G HOWARD
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: Bay State Film Productions
Agawam, MA 01001
Harper and Row Media
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Harper and Row Media
Order Fulfillment/Customer
2350 Virginia Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21740
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS FILM, INTENDED FOR POLICE OFFICER TRAINING, CALLS ATTENTION TO THE POTENTIAL FOR CIVIL LITIGATION SUITS AGAINST POLICE SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL ON GROUNDS OF NEGLIGENT DECISIONMAKING.
Abstract: THE BASIC ISSUE IS ONE THAT AFFECTS ALL POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE HIRING, TRAINING, OR DIRECTING OF PERSONNEL IN THE COURSE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT WORK. THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF A FIELD OPERATION MAY BE HELD PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR ACTIONS TAKEN UNDER HIS COMMAND IF IT CAN BE SHOWN IN COURT THAT HE FAILED TO EXERCISE REASONABLE CARE IN HIS DECISIONMAKING. SCENES ILLUSTRATE TYPICAL SITUATIONS IN POLICE WORK IN WHICH, THE SUPERVISORY DIRECTIONS ARE GIVEN UNDER INTENSE PRESSURES OF TIME AND THREAT TO LIFE. OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS DEMONSTRATE LAXITY OF CONTROL OVER SUBORDINATE PERSONNEL IN MATTERS OF SEEMING DETAIL. THIS SEEMING TRIVIALITIES NEVERTHELESS CONSTITUTE NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION. IRRESPONSIBLE PERSONNEL DECISIONS ARE SHOWN IN THE CASE OF AN OFFICER ALLOWED TO CONTINUE ON THE FORCE DESPITE SUSPICIONS OF ALCOHOL ABUSE AND OF AN OFFICER HIRED DESPITE A RECORD OF VIOLENCE IN HIS BACKROUND (THE OFFICER LATER STANDS TRIAL ON A BRUTALITY CHARGE). FURTHER LIABILITIES INVOLVE SLOPPY TRAINING AND ARMING RECRUITS WITHOUT ADEQUATE INSTRUCTION IN THE USE OF WEAPONRY. DISCUSSION TIME IS PROVIDED FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL SCENES, AND POLICE OFFICERS ARE URGED TO EXERCISE GREAT CARE AND THOROUGHNESS IN HIRING APPLICANTS FOR POLICE WORK, AND TRAINING RECRUITS IN ARREST PROCEDURES, USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES, PHYSICAL FORCE, FIREARMS, AND FIRST AID. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Civil liability; Complaints against police; Films; Police command and control; Police decisionmaking; Police internal affairs; Police legal limitations; Police management; Police responsibilities; Role perception
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. 23 MINUTES, 16 MM COLOR, 1980.
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