Ladder of Liability [Infographic]
When I assist law enforcement agencies with the development of policies and procedures, I often ask them to picture their organization as a ladder. This ladder is an easy way to think about who is responsible for what, and how much a lawsuit may cost them when different levels, or rungs, are involved in the litigation. I refer to this as the ladder of liability.
Each rung has a unique set of responsibilities and provides protection needed to support the agency. When equipped with the proper policies, training and knowledge, the outcome will be reduced risk and ultimately fewer lawsuits. As you’ll see, as risk ascends the ladder, the higher the dollar amount associated with the ensuing lawsuit.