Supervisors and internal affairs investigators are regularly tasked with investigating allegations of misconduct stemming from “off the clock” officer conduct. These investigations can prove difficult as they often require investigators to look into somewhat intimate aspects of the personal lives of fellow members of the department.
Furthermore, officers often contend that their private lives are not relevant to their professional obligations. But the essential role of IA investigations to protect the integrity of agency operations and maintain the public trust does not end with on-duty conduct. And a litany of court decisions clearly indicate that off-duty misconduct can lawfully provide the grounds for police discipline—up to and including termination.
In this two-hour webinar, Attorney Matt Dolan will address issues including:
- Conduct Unbecoming an Officer policy violations—back to basics
- Examining any potential nexus to on-duty activity
- Investigating social media activity in light of its impact on agency operations
- Avoiding the unlawful infringement of officers’ First Amendment rights
Matt Dolan is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, who specializes in training and advising public safety agencies in matters of labor and employment law. His practice experience focuses on employment discrimination claims brought under federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII"), the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"). He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from DePaul University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Matt serves as a public safety instructor with Dolan Consulting Group. He has trained and advised thousands of public safety professionals throughout the United States in matters of legal liability related to personnel management.