UPEA is pleased to announce an expansion of its services to provide legal coverage for UPEA members who are Peace Officers when a Critical Incident occurs in the line of duty. UPEA will provide this coverage immediately following the Incident and through the investigation period. This coverage by UPEA may extend beyond the investigation period in the event the employing agency refuses to provide legal coverage if the UPEA State Board approves extended coverage (after a review of the matter from a panel of UPEA members). The UPEA State Board shall consider the findings of the panel and grant or deny extended coverage, in its sole discretion, based upon its determination of culpability, available resources, and other factors.
To be eligible for this coverage, a Peace Officer must be continuously enrolled in UPEA for at least 6 months prior to the date of the Critical Incident through the entire period of coverage, including being current on dues during this time. All other, “non-Critical Incident” disciplinary action, will continue to be addressed through current UPEA grievance policy and procedures.
“Critical Incident” means an incident involving the use of force by a Peace Officer that results in Death or Serious Bodily Injury and an investigation regarding such use of force is initiated by the employing agency.
“Peace Officer” means a POST certified employee working in law enforcement, corrections or similar positions with other agencies.
If you have had a Critical Incident and would like to avail yourself of this coverage please contact Todd Losser at (801) 809-7115 to determine your eligibility and refer you to legal counsel (which is intended to be Kirton McConkie unless there is a conflict of interest). You can also call Todd for general information and details.