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Thu, Apr 2nd, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Thu, Apr 2nd, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT
Thu, Apr 2nd, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MT
Thu, Apr 2nd, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT


In this three-part webinar series, you will receive an overview and survey of how these cases are being investigated and presented for prosecution consideration, and changing trends in response to community and law enforcement concerns. We will start with discussing options on investigations and planning in advance for these difficult cases. You will also learn of trends in prosecution decision making, the changing role of the grand jury and the interplay between federal and state law.

Evidence collection is a very important topic in the investigation of any potential criminal or civil case and these cases have their own unique issues as well that we will explore. Because these cases are usually high profile we are also going to take the time to address how the records are handled and application of the public records laws.

A major potential witness or witnesses are the officers involved and the statements they may or may not elect to make. Therefore we are going to address practical and legal issues of interviews of officers which means we are going to spend substantial time in the world if Garrity, which is perhaps one of the most misunderstood cases for cops. We intend to cut through all that and by the time we are done you will understand Garrity not only in the context of officer involved shootings but all other misconduct investigations as well.

Finally, we will address the different forum issues that arise in these cases and the criminal, civil liability, licensing and personnel complications that officers and agencies may face in dealing with these cases.

This case should be particularly useful for both criminal justice officers and the civil attorneys and criminal prosecutors who work with them.

Webinars in this series:

** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriffs’ Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs’ Association logo.


Richard Hodsdon has been an attorney for more than 40 years and for his entire career has been involved in civil and criminal matters concerning corrections, criminal prosecution and law enforcement operations. He has over 30 years of experience dealing with management and personnel issues including employment law. Rick currently is an assistant county attorney in Stillwater, MN where his duties include representation of the county and criminal justice agencies. He has trained thousands of government staff on civil litigation, criminal law and personnel issues. Rick has also served as counsel to the Minnesota Sheriffs Association for over 30 years.

Rick’s career includes 8 years with the MN attorney general’s office and a year in private practice defending government officials in civil litigation. Rick and has served as an instructor for NIC, the AELE and School of Police Staff and Command on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books and in addition to his law degree has a Masters in public administration.