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20/20 Hindsight

The California wildfires are wreaking havoc among Californians’ houses, businesses, and schools.  California’s largest wildfire in state history is all consuming with tough decisions being made each minute to contain the fire and deter further destruction. With disasters such as this, investigations may follow and allegations may be made. Each decision may be scrutinized, with 20/20 hindsight, to determine if something else could or should have been done to hinder the damage and if the right decisions were made at the time. Agencies may come under fire as well as those individuals involved in making those pressured minute to minute decisions.

A Costly Decision for Federal LEOs

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Rush to judgment; furious public outcry; snap conclusions; war on cops; mob justice -  buzz words to news correspondents, unbelievably frightening scenarios for law enforcement officers.

Areas of Concern for LEOs

FEDS just celebrated its 10-year anniversary defending federal employees, and we take this opportunity to share our insights.

Diversity or Discrimination?

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The U.S. Border Patrol recently pledged to add up to 1,600 women to their workforce. The uncharacteristic female recruitment spree has been sparked by largely male dominated ranks and the idea that female officers can provide a level of comfort to the thousands of women and children migrating to the United States each year.

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

We get at least one call a week from a federal agent who needs legal advice or representation but doesn’t have FEDS Protection in place. FEDS Protection is a defense-based insurance policy – it must be in place prior to an incident that could result in an allegation or claim.  Your agency reimburses all federal law enforcement officers up to half the cost of this insurance – so please – no more of the following excuses.  FEDS Protection works just like other insurance policies - if you don’t have coverage in place prior to an incident leading to an allegation, claim or suit, coverage will be denied. 

Federal Court Security Officers Are Now Eligible for FEDS Protection

In our litigious society, professional liability insurance often becomes necessary when there is an event that results in safety concerns, public alarm, injury, death, oversight or a security vulnerability or breach. In 2011, we published an article in this column about the Personal Threats by Sovereign Citizens affecting judges, law enforcement officers (LEOs), and other court officials. As the frontline of defense in federal court facilities, the daily interactions of Court Security Officers (CSOs) with sovereign citizens/anti-government extremists, gang members and other violent offenders have resulted in the need for FEDS Protection to extend the very same coverage available for Federal LEOs to Federal CSOs.

FEDS Protection for Federal LEOs

FEDS Protection provides coverage in three areas – administrative, civil and criminal.  Below is a general overview of coverage. If you are looking for more specific information about your exposures, please contact us.  It is important to understand that this is an insurance policy and you must have FEDS Protection in place prior to knowledge of an incident that could result in a claim – or coverage will be denied

FEDS Protection is Now Available to Federal Task Force Officers

FEDS Protection now provides its professional liability insurance to Federal Task Force Officers. We appreciate the dangerous work and sacrifices these officers make alongside their federal counterparts and recognize that TFOs are vulnerable to the very same allegations and lawsuits that face Federal Law Enforcement Officers. These lawsuits, commonly referred to as Bivens actions against federal employees (and 1983 actions against state and local LEOs) usually involve an alleged violation under the Fourth Amendment claiming an unlawful search or seizure or some other constitutional tort (i.e., 1st, 5th or 8th Amendment violations) arising out of an enforcement action.

Handling Furlough Fallout

In the wake of the recent government shutdown and subsequent strains on the federal community, we have had many FEDS members contact us with concerns about how current or upcoming furloughs may impact them. Although many of you as federal officers won’t be furloughed yourselves, it is likely that other non-essential personnel within your agency already have been. FEDS recognizes the potential negative implications surrounding a government shutdown for all agency employees and stand by you. Below, we have outlined possible areas in which the furlough could lead to adverse employment consequences and tips on how to avoid these situations until the shutdown is resolved.

Immigration Reform Affects All Agents

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One of the most substantial issues under President Trump’s campaign was immigration reform- specifically relating to the deportation and impediment of illegal immigrants. 

Implementing New Administration Law Enforcement Policies

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The journalism community is aggrieved after the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general cleared an FBI agent of wrongdoing for impersonating a journalist in 2007 to solve a case.

iPad Raffle

If you have your liability insurance through FEDS Protection, you have automatically been entered into a raffle to win one of two 9.7 inch 128 GB Apple iPads.

Law Enforcement Suicides – Stigma, Silence & Denial Must Be Addressed

It was a sad ending to National Suicide Prevention Week 2019 for the law enforcement community. Six officers died by suicide in seven days – that’s the verified number by Blue H.E.L.P. – and it could be more once the verifications are completed.

National Law Enforcement Museum Grand Opening

We at Federal Employee Defense Services are excited that the Grand Opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum is less than one month away! The long-awaited opening of the museum is Saturday, October 13, 2018. The museum features the history of American law enforcement, with unique experiences that allow visitors to experience the life of an officer. Visitors can also take part in solving a crime in the interactive Take the Case exhibit.

National Police Week - Appreciation & Support

As we acknowledge, remember and honor our fallen officers during National Police Week, we must also remember the loss and hardships faced by their families left behind.  Please take some time to consider involvement or a contribution to the FLEOA Foundation.  The FLEOA Foundation was created to financially assist FLEOA members and their families in times of need.  Over the years the FLEOA Foundation has awarded hundreds of scholarships and thousands of dollars to federal, state and local law enforcement officers and their families.

This Week on FEDtalk

Partnerships to Improve Public Service

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion on improving public service- from the institutional level to the individual level. Guests from across the federal community will discuss how they work together to build a better public service system.

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Hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Elects New National Officers at Bi-Annual Conference

Last week, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association elected the following National Officers at the 25th National Conference held in College Park, Maryland:

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