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This course is designed to improve skills in courtroom testimony, increase awareness of the court system processes, and help law enforcement officers (LEO) understand their role in describing the elements of a crime to a judge and jury in a reasonable light. The initial investigation, arrest, or traffic citation is only the beginning stage of a long legal process. The instructors in this class will discuss details involved in the preliminary exam, suppression hearing, useful explanations of physical evidence, expert testimony, witness testimony issues, and closing statements. One of the most important tools often overlooked during the training cycle of LEO, is how to win in court when the defense attorney attempts to distract the jury with claims of insufficient evidence, lazy police procedure, and inconsistent witness testimony. The instructors in this course will provide useful tools on how to recover in the courtroom after a witness provides incomplete testimony or fails to provide complete details on the witness stand out of fear of retaliation. This class will provide the foresight to consider more investigative attention to detail at a crime scene and improve future case’s courtroom presentation to win over a jury.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
mistakes made before court begins; interviews, search, seizure, and pre text
2. Report writing challenges exposed on the witness stand
3. Understand what the lead investigator needs to know
4. Determine when LEO should sit as lead with the prosecutor
5. Understand the relationship with the prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge
6. Iterate the stages of witness testimony, LEO testimony, and feelings during testimony
7. Give expert witness testimony – drugs, guns, gangs, social media, cellphone data
8. Successfully present evidence involving drugs, guns, social media, cellphone data
9. Predict defense attorney tactics
10. Get witnesses on board
11. Analyze lessons learned, and the impact of jury’s decision
Course Length: 2 days/16 hours
Who May Attend: Law Enforcement