Lou Reiter

Lou Reiter

Expert Series presents ‘Will your local police department survive?’

The Knowledge Series is extremely pleased to announce the July 13 Expert Series program, “Will your local police department survive?” featuring Big Canoe resident Lou Reiter. A member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981, Reiter had 22 different assignments and rose through the ranks to retire as deputy police chief.

During his Expert Series presentation, Reiter will explore some thought-provoking issues regarding police services that citizens across our country currently receive. There are 12,000 local police departments in the U.S. and nearly 50 percent of them employ 10 or fewer police officers. Given budget pressures faced by most local municipal governments today, a fair question is whether we can even afford local police services? And if not, what alternative strategies have and should be considered? Can we even hire enough qualified people to become local policemen and women?

Reiter will discuss what might be wrong with our current police service model, and what lessons have been learned from the 2014 Ferguson incident.

Currently a police consultant, Reiter offers three separate professional services to law enforcement communities. He also provides litigation consultation to attorney firms involved in police civil actions. Since 1983, Reiter has been retained in over 1,100 such cases in nearly every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

And as if that isn’t enough to keep him busy, Reiter has been published throughout his professional career. He was one of the principal researchers and authors of the “1973 Police Task Force Report” of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Standards and Goals, where he authored the chapters on Internal Discipline, Training and Management-Employee Relations.

In 2013, he published his first novel about a police consultant and cases of police misconduct: “Broken Badges: Cases from Police Internal Affairs Files.” The second in this series was published in 2015, “Shattered Badges: More Cases from Police Internal Affairs Files.”

Please join us for this most timely and relevant discussion beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Canoe Lodge. The program is free, however be sure and register at www.bigcanoepoa.org or by calling Dot Grogan at 706-268-2420. Hurry, space is limited!

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