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    Baltimore PD decides that paying out settlements is more cost-effective than training

    http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2011/11...lice-lawsuits/
    Last week, it was revealed at a City Council hearing that Baltimore has spent $10.4 million in the past three years defending the Baltimore Police Department against lawsuits.

    In fiscal year 2011, the city spent $3.5 million on settling lawsuits against the Police Department, including in-houses expenses and fees for private attorneys hired to defend the police.


    http://www.foxbaltimore.com/newsroom.../vid_641.shtml
    The (Civilian Review) board says it has processed 829 allegations of false imprisonment, false arrest, and abusive language from city residents. However, the agency would not release details on any of the cases.

    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2011/1...cop-shootings/
    The report says the department for years has not done the so-called “after-action” reviews of officer-involved shootings.

    The reviews are used to train officers, and are called for under the department’s own guidelines.
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    Always has been cheaper to pay out than to train/retrain. Also limits the liability if you skip the training - until you get nailed by a lawsuit that deals with the refusal/failure to train, which most folks do not address in their lawsuits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Always has been cheaper to pay out than to train/retrain.
    Really?

    Also limits the liability if you skip the training - until you get nailed by a lawsuit that deals with the refusal/failure to train, which most folks do not address in their lawsuits.
    Oh, well, that's why. I was factoring the additional award against the city for failing to train to minimum standards in the first place.
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