Framingham, MA (PRWEB) December 06, 2016
Attorney Brian Simoneau along with Police Civil Rights Attorney Tom Donohue of Brody, Hardoon, Perkings, and Kesten, a Boston, Massachusetts law firm, recently instructed police officials from across Massachusetts regarding use of force, liability reduction, internal affairs investigations, avoiding litigation, and improving outcomes in police lawsuits. Attorney Donohue has defended countless police officers against civil rights violation charges in the United States District Court for the First District of Massachusetts. Attorney Simoneau conducts workplace and internal affairs investigations for Police Departments, private sector employers, and municipalities across Massachusetts.
On Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, held at the Sea Crest Hotel in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Attorneys Simoneau and Donohue explained to attendees how society’s expectations of police officers are changing and now the old way of doing things may no longer work. These heightened community expectations and the current anti-police climate has made policing much more complicated and difficult.
Attorney Donohue dispelled myths and misconceptions regarding disorderly conduct charges, “un-arresting” people, and “contempt of cop” cases. Conference participants learned how reduce liability through policies, training, and effective supervision. Videos showing pursuits, first amendment issues, and uses of force were viewed and discussed.
Participants learned how to avoid liability and negative outcomes caused by potential issues related to police evidence rooms. Attorney Simoneau discussed on-going issues with evidence rooms in the Braintree, Framingham, Lee, and Springfield, Massachusetts Police Departments.
Framingham Attorney Brian Simoneau, who has fifteen years of experience as a lawyer and twenty-three years of law enforcement experience, presented information regarding current trends in police internal affairs investigations such as rulings on union information requests in workplace investigations as well as how to achieve better outcomes by using outside independent investigators. The selection of the investigator in both workplace and internal affairs investigations is a critical initial step which can have major consequences.
Attorney Brian Simoneau is a regular presenter at the annual Police Accreditation Conference. He has presented on topics such as risk management, law enforcement operations, improving outcomes, labor relations, Massachusetts Civil Service Law, the accreditation process, and implementing best practices. He is the founder of Factfinder, LLC, which is a company devoted to conducting impartial workplace and internal investigations.