|POLICE LEGAL ADVISOR II|
|Performs professional legal and administrative work providing legal services to the Police Department, including advice on employment, civil and criminal matters, preparation of contracts, pleadings, search warrants and other legal documents, training of law enforcement personnel, and review of departmental policies and programs for legal problems. Supervises professional and paralegal personnel in research, case preparation, and other activities. Work is performed under the direction of the City Attorney and Police Chief and is reviewed through conferences, inspection of documents, and evaluation of results obtained.|
|Researches and makes recommendations on legal questions referred by the Chief of Police or other Police personnel.
Renders legal evaluations of specific cases to section or division head; provides legal advice to officers investigating cases or making arrests.
Observes all department field procedures and operations to assure compliance with legal requirements; responds to any field situation concerning the use of deadly force by or against any member of the department which results in death or great bodily harm/injury, or any on- or off- duty vehicle accidents involving police personnel operating department vehicles which result in death or serious injury.
Reviews cases and claims against the Police Department; upon request, advises the Risk Management Committee, the insurance adjustors, or private attorneys representing the City as to facts of the case and current departmental guidelines affecting the incident; coordinates document requests from private attorneys representing the City.
Monitors and advises the Chief of current court decisions and legislation affecting the operations, practices, and policies of the Department; attends all meetings of the Chief's staff to advise on legal issues and relevant legislation and court decisions.
Reviews all existing and proposed policies and procedures, orders, manuals and training bulletins to determine legal sufficiency.
Upon request, reviews the curriculum of the Training Academy and advises the Director on the legal aspects of the training program. Lectures on appropriate subjects to Training Academy classes.
Occasionally litigates Police Department cases not covered by Risk Management in the state and federal courts and conducts all discovery relevant thereto.
Represents the City as necessary in Administrative hearings before the EEOC, Unemployment Compensation Board, and PERC.
Provides in-house counsel as required to the Bureau of Labor Relations; assists in the preparation of cases for arbitration; attends Step IV grievance hearings in the Police Department and advises the Chief prior to his decision.
Acts as liaison with the City and/or State Attorney, and courts to establish appropriate legal directives in the event of a riot, civil disturbance, disorder, or unlawful assembly.
Supervises, assigns, and reviews the work of a professional and clerical staff; evaluates performance and recommends such personnel actions as hire, promotion, salary increases, discipline, etc.
Performs other related duties as required.
|Extensive knowledge of City of Orlando ordinances and charter provisions, and of state, federal and constitutional law.
Extensive knowledge of judicial procedures, rules of evidence, and methods of legal research.
Extensive knowledge of established precedents and sources of legal reference applicable to municipal activities, particularly in the law enforcement area.
Demonstrated ability to prepare and try civil law cases before county, state, and federal courts.
Skill in conducting research on complex legal issues and preparing sound legal opinions.
Ability to interpret and apply legal principles and precedents in resolving complex legal problems.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the Police Department, governmental and private practice attorneys, local judges, law enforcement agency representatives, City employees, and the general public.
Ability to plan, assign and review the work of professional, technical and clerical employees.
Ability to research, analyze and prepare a wide variety of complex legal documents.
|Law degree (J.D. or LL.B) from an accredited school of law, with one (1) year experience practicing criminal and administrative law. Must be an attorney at law in good standing in Florida, and possess a license to practice law in the State of Florida. Must pass police background investigation which includes polygraph.
REVISED: 8/23/04-KW- added polygraph info.