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Federal Employee Defense Services (FEDS) provides federal employee professional liability insurance to the entire federal employee community. The potential liabilities and vulnerabilities that exist for all federal law enforcement officers are very similar. For instance, PLI becomes necessary when an agent is sued personally for a job-related action (i.e., Bivens action); becomes involved in a misconduct or administrative matter/investigation for a job-related action or a judicial proceeding; or is the subject of a criminal investigation for a job-related action. For more information about your professional and personal liability exposures, choose the link below that best represents your position or agency:

You can also view FEDS' 15-minute PLI webinar for Law Enforcement Officers. This 15 minute webinar explains what FEDS professional liability insurance policy provides and how it protects federal agents and officers against professional and financial exposures. The webinar is followed by a live Question-and-Answer session.

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FEDS is recommended and endorsed by the leading law enforcement associations. To compare FEDS to other PLI carriers, read Is There a Difference?

"I have been representing federal employees and officials for over 18 years. The past 10 years of my practice has been spent with a focus on defending federal law enforcement officers and employees in various investigations, disciplinary proceedings, and at DOJ's request in Bivens suits. The work of federal law enforcement took a sharp and marked turn post-9/11 into the realm of our national security. No doubt federal law enforcement activities pre-9/11 were complicated, dangerous and subject to all forms of scrutiny. The post-9/11 landscape has taken the work and scrutiny of federal law enforcement to a whole new place, making it unlikely anymore to complete a career in law enforcement without having to answer to an allegation of wrongdoing. While the type of allegation may vary from your use of the GOV, loss of a weapon, treatment of a witness or source, information on a travel voucher, to something as serious as your handling of a law enforcement operation, what remains constant is the new post-9/11 level of scrutiny you will be subject to by your agency when the allegation surfaces. I have seen first-hand in my representation of hundreds of law enforcement officials how having experienced, tenacious and objective legal counsel has saved a career even in cases of what you think is a "minor" matter. Having objective and experienced legal counsel to deal with federal matters is simply cost prohibitive. It's remarkable to be able to purchase through an insurance policy that kind of protection as well as the protection for payments of personal judgments if you are sued. If you are engaged in any law enforcement or homeland security function, you have to ask yourself if you are willing to gamble your life savings when you can so readily purchase an affordable safety net."

--Debra L. Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C.

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Exigent Circumstances Existed Where a Known Felon Appeared to Have a Firearm and Neighbors Had Previously Reported Gun Shots

In early July of 2012, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Sergeant Jason Clark received complaints that Joseph Meidel had fired a gun in the direction of nearby houses. Sergeant Clark conducted an investigation and discovered that Mr. Meidel was a convicted felon, that Mr. Meidel’s girlfriend had recently purchased a firearm, and that Mr. Meidel had recently purchased 9mm ammunition twice. Additionally, Mr. Meidel had recently gotten into an argument with a convenience store clerk and, in the course of the argument, lifted his shirt to display the handle of a pistol. 

On July 30, 2012, Sergeant Clark and MSHP Sergeant Eric Eidson were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle near Mr. Meidel’s home. Mr. Meidel and his girlfriend were in their yard and the officers, after identifying themselves as law enforcement officers, inquired whether the pair had seen the vehicle. Mr. Meidel engaged in polite conversation and explained that he had seen the suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. 

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Artifact Spotlight: Lorton Prison Cells

In July 2014, the National Law Enforcement Museum acquired an important historical artifact that is a key component of the exhibit design—30 feet of steel cell doors and bars from the former Lorton Correction Complex in Lorton, Virginia.

Lorton was the primary corrections facility for the District of Columbia for nearly 100 years. Conceived in 1908 during Theodore Roosevelt’s administration, the Lorton facility was a national model for prison reform both with its dormitory style architecture and its philosophy of providing prisoners with healthy outdoor work and education. Over the years, Lorton became dangerously overcrowded and its buildings in need of extensive repair. In 2001, the prison was closed and all 1 million square feet of it was transferred to Fairfax County, Virginia.

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NIST Hosts Competition to Establish Research Center of Excellence for Forensic Science

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

A competition has been launched to create a Forensic Science Center of Excellence dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary work.

The competition is being managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The center’s mission will be to establish a firm scientific foundation for the analytic techniques used in two important branches of forensic science, pattern evidence and digital evidence, according to a press release from the Commerce Department, NIST’s parent agency.

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