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Testifying in Court

Course Description:  This course is designed to improve the officer's courtroom performance.  The course includes: criminal and civil court case preparation, District Attorney's expectation of a prosecution witness as well as liability and civil court considerations.  There will be several handouts that the students will receive to take with them to assist them with future court cases.

Instructional Hours:  1 Day/8 Hours

Instructional Objectives: 

After completion, the student will be able to:

  • Define Reasonable Doubt.
  • Recite the differences between historical and idealistic attitudes of police officers testifying in court.
  • List reasons why an officer's professionalism while he/she is presenting testimony affects the jury's opinion.
  • List obstacles that police have to overcome when presenting a case.
  • Explain why preparation is important.
  • Explain the importance of police reports.
  • List the different components of the criminal justice system that use police reports.
  • List the three goals of testimony.
  • List the techniques that help a police officer's testimony to be remembered.
  • List Defense Attorney's tactics used to discredit police officer's testimony.
  • Name the two sides of the Adversarial Criminal Justice System.
  • Recite the role of the police officer in the Adversarial System.
  • Describe the discovery process.
  • List the four goals of a police officer's testimony.
  • Name five tips for testifying.
  • Describe the standard flow of case presentation.
  • List five suggestions for being a competent witness.

Course Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successfully pass (75% or above) a 20-question written examination.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted, PSP Employee, MP

MPOETC CLEE Hours:  6 - CLEE ID#: CLE00547

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.

NETC4/21/2020 8:00 AM4/21/2020 2:00 PMNETC Commanding Officer, 570-288-3653No
Maximum of 42 students
SWTC4/22/2020 9:00 AM4/22/2020 3:00 PMSWTC Commanding Officer, 724-832-5250No
Maximum of 40 students

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