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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.

Areas of Concern for LEOs

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

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. 

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

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.

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.

Is Your Career in Good Hands?

FEDS Cases are won and lost based on the quality of legal representation. 

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.

New Year, New Liabilities

As the new year begins, we reflect on the past year thinking about family, friends, work, the future. We refocus on what we want and how we get there. What we don’t always think about is how quickly life can change – and what we need to do now to be prepared.

Protecting Your Rainy Day Fund

More than half of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts. Life is expensive.

Real Problems for Real Federal Agents

“In the past few years, law enforcement professionals have seen an unprecedented number of lawsuits and investigations resulting from job duties.”(1)

Spring has sprung… And so has an allegation.

Allegations can spring upon you at any point as a federal employee. If you were informed of an allegation being made against you tomorrow, would you be prepared? Do you know how you would be able to account for any potential financial costs or obtain legal representation? If you answered no to these questions, then investing in FEDS Protection should be a top priority for you. FEDS provides professional liability insurance you can rely on to help you with those allegations you never thought would spring at you. 

The Counterfeit Report

Did you know that counterfeiters will produce $1.7 trillion in fake products worldwide this year?  The Counterfeit Report received an International Media Award last month for warning the public about the omnipresence of counterfeit goods. The website, which was created by a retired law enforcement officer, alerts consumers about fake products and helps law enforcement investigators spot these goods during investigations.  

Uncertainty Addressed by FEDS President

As the President of FEDS, I didn’t know whether to celebrate the agreement to fund agencies through mid­February or to commiserate over the uncertainty that lies ahead. What I did know, as a former federal employee of a law enforcement agency, is that the fallout of a shutdown brings uncertainty into homes of employees and frustration where offices or agencies are unstaffed or understaffed. Due to the potential stress caused by such circumstances, I made the decision early on in December that FEDS member benefits would not be interrupted and that policies would remain in-force, even if there were missed payments during or because of a shutdown. I feel that it was necessary then, and now more than ever, that you know that we are in this with all federal employees, and that we will always have your back. 

You Can't Turn the Clock Back on an Allegation made Against You

A former federal prosecutor, Tom Roth, once said, “In my experience, it is often the most aggressive, most productive, and most capable agents that get ground up in the disciplinary machinery of their respective law enforcement agencies."

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