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Travelers - In the Public Interest Newsletter ISSUE 1, 2013
Inside this issue
Law Enforcement Challenge: Managing Risk While Protecting the Public
Three Steps Are Critical to Addressing Foreseeable Dangers to the Public
A Class Act: Making Sure Training Is Meaningful � and Documented
Quality of Instructors, Lack of Written Record Can Become Central Issues
Having the Right Law
Enforcement Employees:
Careful Screening, Strong Discipline System Can
Strengthen Defense
Proving an Officer is Well Qualified Relies on Thorough Hiring Process, Effective Accountability
Effective Policies and
Procedures: The Backbone for Limiting Liability
Give Officers a Framework for What to Do and When to Do It
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Law Enforcement Challenge: Managing Risk While Protecting the Public
No one is above the law � not even those who are working hard to enforce the law to protect the public. Whether it is a split-second decision to use a firearm, a chase to stop a suspect, or a vehicle search when an officer's experience and training tells him something is not right about a nervous driver, law enforcement officers take actions every day that can become the subject of official scrutiny and judgmental hindsight.
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A Class Act: Making Sure Training is Meaningful – and Documented
The quality of training for law enforcement officers is often raised in claims and lawsuits. The issues can range from whether an officer has been properly trained to fire a gun or use restraint holds on suspects to what he has been taught about search-and-seizure protocols, providing medical care to people in custody, dealing with domestic violence cases � and much more.

Poor or missed training can be critical to the outcome of claims. Many of the claims we see at Travelers that are lost or forced into...
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Having the Right Law Enforcement Employees: Careful Screening, Strong Discipline System Can Strengthen Defense
Law enforcement officers must make many decisions on the fly, reacting quickly to whatever situation confronts them. If they make a mistake, their judgment can be called into question � along with the wisdom of their agency's decision to entrust them with a badge and gun. If a lawsuit is filed, an agency's hiring process and its effectiveness in maintaining officer discipline can become the central issues that determine liability.
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Effective Policies and Procedures: The Backbone for Limiting Liability
An officer is confronted by a violent suspect who refuses to follow commands and who makes threatening motions. To subdue him with appropriate force, should the officer call for backup, use his Taser, Pepper Spray or other weapon, or simply back off in hopes that the situation will become calmer?

Making the best choice can defuse a dangerous confrontation. But a poor choice can end in unnecessary tragedy.
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Diane Barr, 2VP - Specialty Underwriting
Travelers Public Sector Services
MC SB05P, 385 Washington Street,
Saint Paul, MN 55102-1396
dbarr@travelers.com






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