About This Course

Civil lawsuits and even criminal charges against supervisors can result if you and your Department do not have the proper protocols in place and take appropriate action when necessary. As too many officers are learning through first-hand experience, lawsuits are not just a professional problem - they can take a toll on an officer's family, health, and finances. Class attendees will be trained on relevant areas of Federal and State law to provide them with a basic working knowledge of:

  • How and why civil lawsuits are filed.
  • How a failure to manage, properly document, and deal with misconduct can get you sued in federal and state court.
  • What to do if you are named in a civil lawsuit.
  • Practical steps to prevent civil and criminal lawsuits.


| Attorney Dawn Parsons

Dawn Parsons brings 23 years of criminal prosecutorial experience to her training. During her time with the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office in Kansas City, Missouri, she served as first chair in over 90 felony jury trials, lead the Drug Unit/Street Crimes Division for 9 years,and served as the Chief Litigation Specialist for the office prior to beginning work in private practice in 2015. During her tenure as prosecutor, she trained hundreds of Kansas City police officers in the areas of personal and professional liability related to their work as police officers. Dawn earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.