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First Amendment Issues for Supervisors




First Amendment

Sessions start every 60 days
Next class starts August 24, 2020

Registration: $350

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FBI-LEEDA is proud to announce an additional course to our Distance Learning course.  The new course is titled First Amendment Distance Learning program.  During this four-module training, you will receive an overview of the First Amendment, its impact on Law Enforcement, and what supervisors need to know to protect themselves and their departments.   This training will provide an understanding of the First Amendment specifically, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and Freedom of the Press.  The training will provide attendees operational standards as it relates to crowd management, recording police, social media, and seizure of electronics.  We hope you enjoy the training.


Any individual who has successfully completed FBI-LEEDA's Distance Learning Basic Supervisor Liability, Advanced Supervisor Liability, and Distance Learning Ethics or Distance Learning First Amendment for Supervisors course will receive the FBI-LEEDA eTrilogy certificate.

If you have any questions about the eTrilogy certificate, please contact our FBI-LEEDA staff at or 877-772-7712.

This program is an instructor-led online training program that gives the students the opportunity to receive high-quality video training from any location with internet access. While utilizing the instructor-led training format, the course assigns a syllabus for each discussion topic like any in-classroom training course. The four-week course is divided into four modules, with each module focusing on a different issue. 

Students work through the course on a weekly pace, reviewing lectures, reading assigned papers, taking quizzes, answering forum questions, and participating in forum-based discussions. The answers to all forum questions are posted online, allowing each student the opportunity to read and constructively comment on responses posted by other students. This activity helps generate meaningful discussions and an exchange of ideas and provides supervisors with an additional source to identify and understand specific issues facing supervisors.  Once a student has completed a four-week, twenty-four-hour training program they will receive a certificate of completion. 

Module One: Law Enforcement and the First Amendment what every Supervisor Should Know

This topic area will cover an overview of the First Amendment, its impact on Law Enforcement, and what supervisors need to know to protect themselves, their departments, and their subordinates. This module will provide an understanding of the First Amendment and how the First Amendment has become an issue for Supervisors. Specifically, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and Freedom of the Press.

Module Two: Social Media - Dealing with Haters and Trolls

This topic area will cover an overview of government employee free speech and how to evaluate a departments ability to investigate and discipline officers when they post on social media, blogs, or department intra-net. It is important that supervisors be able to evaluate what speech might be protected and what speech is not protected. This module will also review a 4th Circuit case where a departments policy was determined to be too restrictive and what limitations the Court put on Management.

Module Three: Recording Police and Protecting Civil Rights

This topic will review the legal standards and applicable policy guidelines set by the Court, allowing citizens to record officers in the performance of their duties. 11 Circuits have now clarified the issue that recording a police officer is a constitutional right and should be protected.  So, what can an officer do in this situation, and more importantly, when a supervisor is called to the scene what are the legal standards they must protect. This module will also cover the authority to the police to record citizens with body-worn cameras.

Module Four: Seizing Electronics while Protecting First and Fourth Amendment Rights

The final module will review the legal standards for seizing electronics from citizens. A review of the Sharp case will identify necessary policy standards for how a supervisor should handle the situation.

For Information regarding POST credit, please contact Frank Woodall at

FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association is a private non-profit organization and is not part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or acting on its behalf.

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