The dispatcher is the vital link, ensuring clear communication between all responders, affecting the safety of both the citizen in need and the police, fire and emergency medical personnel responding. Through our actions, we help save lives, protect property, and assist the public in their time of need. Dispatcher liability is a growing concern in any public safety agency. It is not just a management concern; your seemingly small actions or inactions can put everyone - from yourselves to the agency head - in court. Most of them are avoidable. The students will identify two of three conditions that allow individuals to file claims against the government. During this course the student will learn the most effective way to lower agency liability, definition of vicarious liability and what it means to them the student will learn about what constitutes a “special relationship” with a caller. We will discuss court case old and new discussing qualified immunity and applications. The student will learn several ways in which they can reduce liability exposure.
Instructor Jim Pokluda