International Brotherhood of Police Officers
some point in police your career, you will need professional legal
Whether itís the
unsettling prospect of an
internal affairs investigation, or an incident in which you have to
choose to take another person's life by deadly force, the IBPO will
be there in your time of need.
The IBPOís legal services for members include:
IBPO LEGAL SERVICES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Can I call the union attorney directly?
A: Your initial request
for an attorney should be coordinated with the designated
representative assigned to your local. Once your case has been
assigned to an attorney, you certainly may contact that attorney
Will a union attorney represent me if I am criminally charged?
A: The union does
represent police officers in criminal matters on job-related issues
(assault & battery, excessive force, etc.), but does not represent
officers on personal issues like domestic violence, driving under
the influence, etc.
Q: Will a union attorney
represent my interests even when the city provides an attorney?
A: It is usually in the
best interest of the police officer for the municipality to provide
a defense in a civil lawsuit. The IBPO does work with officers and
the municipality on the case and does monitor the proceedings. The
IBPO will intervene if there is a conflict.
Q: Will I receive legal
representation if an incident occurs when I am off-duty acting as a
sworn police officer?
A: The IBPO does provide
legal representation at the administrative level within the
department for off-duty conduct. For off-duty criminal conduct,
please see Question 2 above.
Is union membership some type of pre-paid legal defense plan?
Does the IBPO provide a local attorney or do I have to use a lawyer
from IBPO Headquarters?
A: It depends on the
proximity of your local to a regional office or whether a local
attorney has been specifically retained to service your local.
Q: Is there a cap on legal
fees the IBPO will incur on my behalf?