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Civil Lawsuits: Damage Claims Avoidance and Mitigation-Orange County

Event Date(s)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:00am - Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:00pm


Presented by the Florida Sheriffs Institute in partnerhip with the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund.

Cost:  FREE   (all expenses paid by the Florida Sheriffs Risk Management Fund)

Content: The purpose is to provide contemporary information to Sheriffs’ Office Commanders and Civilian Administrators that will enable them to manage their organizations in a way that will avoid or mitigate civil lawsuits and damage claims. This two-day course focuses on four topics:

  • First Line Supervision
  • Use of Force
  • Human Resource Issues
  • Jail Management

Who should attend: Commanders and Administrators who are in a position to bring about cultural change within the agency.
Instructors (see bios below): Mr. Jack Jordan – First Line Supervision and Use of Force; Mr. Tom Gillan, Human Resource Issues; Mr. David M. Parrish – Jail Management
Class size: 60 participants
Lodging: No specific lodging is being recommended.
Registration: Registration for the course can be made by completing and emailing the registration form (attached to flyer below) to:

Download flyer and registration form (pdf)

Registration form only (Word)


Jack Jordan, Undersheriff (retired), attorney.  Jack Jordan has over 40 years’ experience in law enforcement, including serving as a traffic homicide investigator for the Clearwater Police Department, an Assistant State Attorney in Florida (11 years), and an undersheriff and legal counsel for the Sumter county Florida Sheriff’s Office (14 years). He is a graduate of the F.B.I National Academy at Quantico, VA session 211. He has been an Adjunct College Professor for over twenty five years and has development and taught online classes for over 10 years. He holds a Bachelors from Eckerd College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is also a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar. Jordan is currently a certified law enforcement officer under Florida Police Standards and the sole shareholder of Jordan Law, PA.

Thomas Gillan is the Founder and Director of the PSU Crisis Management and Training Group, Inc., which provides support services, educational programs and training for LE professionals, the military, first responders and social service providers. He launched the National Institute for Human Trafficking Research & Training to track current trends and provide solutions. Gillan retired after 20 years as Director of the Criminal Justice Office for Catholic Charities, Orlando Diocese. A certified LE trainer, he was selected by FDLE to assist with the development of an 8-hour human trafficking curriculum for LE investigators.  He also developed training curriculum on LE Stress, Suicide Awarenes,s Prevention and Intervention, Post Critical Incident Stress seminars, and more. He has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Award for Training from the Florida Network of Victim Witness Services.  Gillan holds a degree in Broadcast Communication and has worked as a radio announcer and news reporter in Washington DC and central Florida. He launched his criminal justice career in 1977.

David M. Parrish (Colonel, retired after 34 years) was Commander of the Department of Detention Services for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa, Florida, where he was responsible for an accredited 4,190-bed jail system with two major facilities and a work release center from 1981 to 2008.  He provided oversight for the design and construction of more than 5,000 beds.  Parrish graduated with a BA from Pennsylvania State University, MA in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University and is a member of the 119th Session of the FBI National Academy. He received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities from Central Methodist College in 1999.  Parrish is past president of the American Jail Association and chaired the Jail Managers' Certification Commission.  A long-time active member of the American Correctional Association, he received ACA's highest recognition, the E. R. Cass Award, in 1997.  He also served on the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board, appointed by Attorney General Ashcroft.  Parrish works as an independent consultant and provides expert witness consulting services on jail related cases.

Location: Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 2500 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32804

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