Christopher Boyle is a fifth generation police officer, who was born and raised in the City of Philadelphia. He considers himself, first and foremost, a law enforcement professional. He spent the first sixteen years of his professional life honing his craft in the Philadelphia Police Department, retiring as a Lieutenant. The next sixteen years were spent training, consulting for, and defending Police Officers and Departments as a Trial Attorney and Law Enforcement Expert. In 2020, Chris formed “Chris Boyle Law Enforcement Consulting, LLC” to provide training, expert witness and consultation services to law enforcement, insurers and the legal profession. In addition, Chris is an instructor at the Temple University Municipal Police Academy.
Chris graduated with a B.B.A. from Temple University in 1989. Following graduation, he worked for the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years, holding positions as a patrol officer, detective, narcotics officer, instructor at the Philadelphia Police Academy and Department Advocate. He was twice decorated by the Police Department for meritorious service and attained the rank of Lieutenant before his retirement.
Chris routinely consults on police policies and procedures regarding pursuits, search and seizure, the use of force and other law enforcement topics. A contributing editor to The BULLETIN, the quarterly publication of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and TRUST CONNECTIONS, the quarterly publication of the Delaware Valley Property and Liability Trust, he is frequently called upon to present seminars and training to law enforcement and the legal profession on topics from liability and defenses, to racial profiling and in-custody deaths. His expertise has also been utilized by numerous Police Departments to review incident-specific information and police response, even prior to the initiation of a suit. These post-incident critiques are utilized both to identify training and policy needs, and in preparation for litigation.
He attended Temple University School of Law in the evening while working full time for the Philadelphia Police Department, graduating in 2004. While at Temple Law, Chris served as a staff editor and eventually as editor-in-chief of the Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal. He is a two-time recipient of the Barrister’s Award for Trial Advocacy and won the Golden Prize at graduation for outstanding research and writing. Chris began his career as a trial attorney in May of 2005, and became a Shareholder in the Professional Liability Department in 2013.
Over the course of over thirty years in law enforcement and civil litigation, he has attended various police management and supervision courses, Continuing Legal Education programs and specialized training in investigations, narcotics, child abuse, sex crimes, supervision and course instruction. He is a Pennsylvania state-certified Instructor for the Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) in all academic areas and served twice on committees for curriculum development for MPOETC (search & seizure and use of force). While with the Police Department, he was a certified instructor for municipal police officers in both academic areas and emergency vehicle operations.
Chris provides subject matter expertise to municipalities, police departments, attorneys and insurers. He is also a nationally recognized law enforcement expert, frequently called upon to deliver seminars and other training on a variety of topics including risk management, police pursuits, search and seizure, racial profiling, the Americans with Disabilities Act, hiring practices, Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Act and police shootings. He looks forward to working with you for the improvement of the law enforcement profession.