Daniel Brown Speaking on the Changes in Law Enforcement Cases

With police brutality being a high talking point in the past year, Daniel discusses how public opinion is more influential than ever in law enforcement cases and how technology is changing the game in such legal proceedings.

What are the new trends in cases in your area of expertise?

The actions of law enforcement have been closely examined for decades. However, most recently, law enforcement agencies have come under intense scrutiny for their actions and how those actions are carried out. Body-worn cameras have emerged over the past decade as an industry standard to facilitate transparency within the policing culture. Crisis intervention training, mental health first aid, use of force, cultural diversity, unconscious bias training, and advanced officer training are hot button topics in law enforcement. Integrity in policing, specifically individual police officers’ integrity, has become focal points in the law enforcement industry and has impacted most police agencies’ recruitment and retention policies.

What types of continuing education do you participate in to stay up to date with developments in your field?

Having recently retired in mid-2020, I’ve stayed up to date with advanced training, policy matters, accreditation processes, and case law impacting law enforcement. I am a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and have been a presenter at the IACP annual conference for three consecutive years. I am also a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, being a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 267. I am also currently pursuing a PhD in Criminal Justice Leadership.

What developments have taken place in the last 12 months that impact how cases in your area of expertise should be handled?

Over the past year, several high profile incidents have occurred throughout the United States that require a clear understanding of law enforcement training, policies, procedures, and overall police culture. Use of force, de-escalation training, cultural sensitivity, and equality have come under the news media’s watchful eye and the general public. Social media has impacted how police officers perform their duties, and often the public opinion weighs heavily in a case. A law enforcement standard of care expert should understand both sides of an issue and articulate what steps could, or should, have been taken when the high profile incident occurred.

How have recent changes in technology or regulations impacted cases in your area of expertise?

Technology is heavily relied upon by modern law enforcement entities. The use of body-worn cameras, cloud-based report writing systems, social media, smartphones, etc., are all technology-driven devices that allow for transparency and discovery of police officers’ actions. Proper training and good policies and procedures must be in place for the proper discovery of these topics.

 

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