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  • 14 Jun 2020 08:25 | Jeff Ehasz (Administrator)

    IACP Statement on Qualified Immunity

    As police executives, community members, and elected officials seek to transform the policing profession, there are several areas of agreement where the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) believes we can and should work in unison to recommend and develop meaningful solutions. This includes, but is not limited to, use-of-force policies, training and education standards, early warning systems, disciplinary procedures, and hiring practices,

    However, the IACP is gravely concerned by and fervently opposed to efforts to change the qualified immunity protections for police officers. Qualified immunity is a foundational protection for the policing profession and any modification to this legal standard will have a devasting impact on the police’s ability to fulfill its public safety mission.

    What is qualified immunity? Qualified immunity provides police officers with protection from civil lawsuits so long as their conduct does not violate clearly established law or constitutional rights of which a reasonable officer would have known. Further, qualified immunity does not prevent individuals from recovering damages from police officers who knowingly violate an individual's constitutional rights.

    Qualified immunity is an essential part of policing and American jurisprudence. It allows police officers to respond to incidents without pause, make split-second decisions, and rely on the current state of the law in making those decisions. This protection is essential because it ensures officers that good faith actions, based on their understanding of the law at the time of the action, will not later be found to be unconstitutional. The loss of this protection would have a profoundly chilling effect on police officers and limit their ability and willingness to respond to critical incidents without hesitation.

    Calls to limit, reduce, or eliminate qualified immunity do not represent a constructive path forward. In fact, these efforts would most certainly have a far-reaching, deleterious effect on the policing profession’s ability to serve and protect communities.


  • 2 Jun 2020 09:03 | Jeff Ehasz (Administrator)

    Re posted ....

    Admin guy: Chase, what if I pay to get my people trained and educated and they leave for a better job/position/department ??

    Me: Well, boss what if you don't and they stay.

    This is a conversation I have on a routine basis. As a boss it's your responsibility to educate and train your people. All of them. Every single one. If they leave for a better job/position/department then take pride in that. You should constantly want better for all of your people. The politicians will scoff at people leaving. Fine, they'll never understand because all they see is money.

    Boss, you get what you pay for. Look at any investment. What out there lets you put in minimal investment and gives you a maximum return? Nothing. Not a single thing. You are getting the exact return on your investment.

    You train and invest in some half ass defensive tactic that doesn't work when it's opposed and then wonder why it all falls apart? You train people to an extremely low minimum standard and then wonder why they fail? It's simple. Since money is a factor let's look at it in those terms. Have you ever invested the minimum and received the maximum?

    The more you invest the greater the return. Anything less is an extremely high stakes roll of the dice. That principal doesn't change just because we're talking about people and education. It takes money to make money. Invest wisely and get a high return. Invest the minimum? Then don't be surprised with the result. Shoulder the responsibility of that decision because somewhere tonight a man that rolled those dice, betting his entire legacy, is somewhat complicit in the entire Nation being on fire.


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